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What is the Norwegian krone (NOK)?

Credit Ratings & Outlook

In the latest credit ratings from December 1970, Moody's gives Norway a Aaa rating, with a stable outlook. Fitch has a stable outlook with a AAA rating. Finally, S&P last issued a AAA rating, with a stable outlook.

Sovereign credit ratings play an important part in determining a country’s access to international capital markets, and the terms of that access. Sovereign ratings help to foster dramatic growth, stability, and efficiency of international and domestic markets.

Central Bank Rate

The current central bank interest rate is 1.50%. This is the same as 2011, which was 1.75%.

GDP

In 2010 the total GDP was $417,464,662,895 in US Dollars, while the per capita GDP was $85,388. It fell by 0.68% over the previous year.

Unemployment

The latest unemployment rate for 2012 is 3.20%.

Consumer Price Index

The latest consumer price index for 2010 is 111.90.

Political Structure

The current head of the government is Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, and the head of state is King Harald V (in a ceremonial role).

Currency Details

The Norwegian krone is the official currency for Norway. The krone has been growing stronger for some time, reaching record highs in 2002 against the euro and US dollar. In the beginning of 2002, 1 US dollar was worth approximately 9 Norwegian kroner. On July 1 USD was worth 7.3 kroner. Interest rates, as well as ever increasing crude oil prices have had an impact on the appreciation of the Norwegian krone. Norway is the 3rd largest exporter of oil, and consequently increases in demand for oil have moved more money into Norway’s economy.

Moody’s Rating
Aaa, 28 Nov 2001
S&P Rating
AAA

Sovereign credit ratings play an important part in determining a country’s access to international capital markets, and the terms of that access. Sovereign ratings help to foster dramatic growth, stability, and efficiency of international and domestic markets.

What does it look like?

Political Structure

Norway’s government is a constitutional monarchy. It has 19 provinces, and the King heads its executive branch. The cabinet is made up of the state council and is appointed by the monarch with the approval of the Parliament. There are no elections for the executive branch in Norway because the monarch is hereditary. The prime minister is usually the leader of the majority party. The legislative branch has a modified unicameral Parliament; it has 165 seats where members are elected by popular vote by proportional representation for 4-year terms. The last elections were held in September 2001, and will next be held in September 2005. The judicial branch is called the Hoyesterett and the monarch appoints its justices.

Prominent Figures

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Key Economic Factors

As a result of its small population, Norway’s economy is, as compared with the rest of the world, relatively small. In 2002 its nominal GDP was approx. 1 Billion, it was ranked as 12th out of 19 of the western European countries. However, in terms of per head, proportionally, Norway is one of the wealthiest countries in Europe. In 2002, Norway’s share of private consumption accounted for 45.1% of the GDP, which is relatively small compared to the European average of 56%. On the other hand, public consumption (21.9%) was higher than the European average, yet low for Nordic standards (compared with Denmark and Sweden). Gross fixed investment was also above the European average, coming in at 17% of the GDP in 2002, which boosted the offshore sector. However, as oil prices increase, offshore investment have declines. Norway’s exports and imports account for 41.5% and 27.3% of the GDP, which is less than most of Europe.

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