Norway comes last of the Nordic countries

27.02.2002
Even though Norway gradually uses more resources on R&D they still come last compared to the other Nordic countries, shows the new report «Det norske forsknings- og innovasjonssystemet – statistikk og indikatorer 2001» presented by the Reseach Council of Norway on 26th of February.
Even though Norway gradually uses more resources on R&D they still come last compared to the other Nordic countries, shows the new report «Det norske forsknings- og innovasjonssystemet – statistikk og indikatorer 2001» presented by the Reseach Council of Norway on 26th of February.
The report highlights the development of important research fields in Norway compared to other OECD countries. The explanation of the limited percentage of research in Norway might be the country‘s status as a producer of raw materials. Contrarily, in Sweden and Finland the industry is more involved in advanced technology.

The researchers themselves think that far too much time is used on administration and teaching, on the expense of reseearch. And even though Norwegian researchers to a great extent use international co-operation programmes and other international academic activities, the problem is to get foreign researchers to come to Norway. One explanation can be that the academic milieu and working conditions are not considered sufficiently satisfying.

The report (in Norwegian)
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