Trade Unions

Half of employees are members of a trade union

Trade unions and employers organisations play an important role in the Norwegian labour market. About half of all employees are members of a trade union. The trade union density rate is lower than other Nordic countries, but significantly higher than the average for industrialised countries.

Since 2000 the trade union density rate has fallen by an average of five percentage points in OECD countries. In Norway the decline has been less than in most other countries.

LO is the largest trade union confederation

At the end of 2021 there were almost 2 million members of trade unions in Norway. Of these, 1.35 million were currently active in the labour market.

There are four main confederations of trade unions in Norway: LO is the largest (measured in working members) followed by Unio, Akademikerne and YS.

The below table shows the associated unions within each of the main confederation. At the associated union level, Fagforbundet (LO), is the largest, followed by Utdanningsforbundet (Unio) and Fellesforbundet (LO).

About the data and terms of use

Data on trade unions and employer organisations are from Statistics Norway "Trade union members and strikes".

International data are from the OECD/AIAS ICTWSS database.

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