About Young in Norway


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Young in Norway is a longitudinal study which follows individuals from adolescence and into adulthood. The goal of the study is to give a picture of social and psychological aspects of growing up in Norway. The participants have at several instances completed extensive self-report forms with questions concerning various aspects of their lives, which have then been connected to several national registers.

Norwegian Social Research NOVA, which since 2014 is a part of Oslo Metropolitan University, oversees the survey. We cooperate closely with the University of Oslo and NTNU.

From 1992 to the present

The study began in 1992. At that time all of 12,000 students from 67 different junior high schools all around Norway participated. The questionnaire given to them at the time concerned personal development, recreation, relationship to parents, attitudes, mental health, education, work and school.

The same participants returned another questionnaire in 1994. From there we followed up on a selection of the youth in 1999 and in 2005. In 2005 we asked their consent in using information from various registers concerning education, career and physical condition. Today the participants are in their forties and a new data collection will take place in the fall of 2020.


1992 | 1st Data Collection

The first data collection is completed in 67 schools around the country. Participants are ages 13-19. Level of participation is at 93%.

1994 | 2nd Data Collection

The second data collection is completed in the same schools. Participants are ages 15-21. Level of participation is at 92%.

1999 | 3rd Data Collection

The third data collection is conducted through mail. Participants are ages 20-26. Level of participation is at 84%.

2005 | 4th Data Collection

The fourth data collection is again conducted through mail. Participants are ages 2026. Level of participation is at 82%.

2020 | 5th Data Collection

The fifth data collection is to be conducted in the fall of 2020, this time digitally. Participants are now in their forties.

Unique study

Young in Norway was the first longitudinal youth study conducted in Norway. It is unique due to the high number of participants, the high percentage of replies and the long follow-up time – the first survey was carried out 28 years ago!

The results have been published in over a hundred scientific papers and in several reports and books. Many have completed their doctorate using data from the study and we have provided the political sphere with advice on many subjects.

On our topics page we provide you with snippets regarding our fields of research and you will also find a separate list of publications.