Achieving win-win solutions for public transport in Norway

30 June 2008  •  Author(s): Liv Signe Navarsete, Minister for Transport and Communications, Norway

With an area of 323,000km2 and a population of approximately 4.7 million people, Norway has the lowest population density in Europe, after Iceland. Having 3,700km of coastline and fjords cutting inland up to 204km, transport in Norway is a challenge. There are 92,000km of roads and highways and 75% of the population has access to a car for individual use, only 13% live in a household without a car. The market share for public transport is 8%, but many customers have recently started returning to public transport. Since 2003, an average growth of 1.2% for public transport in the larger cities has been achieved and no less than 5.6% in 2006. What is happening?

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