Increase in transport of passengers and goods

The overall transport work increased by 2.1 percent in 2008 to 72.4 billion passenger kilometers. The transport of goods increased by 2.7 percent from 2007–2008 to 66.6 billion tonne-kilometers.

Both the public and the private transport contributed to the growth in the passenger transport. Following a decrease in the total public transport in the first years after the new millennium, the statistics show a yearly growth as from 2004. As a result, the passenger kilometers increased by 10.1 percent in the period 2004-2008.

Compared to 2007, the number of passengers on public transport increased by 2.2 percent to 520 million passengers in 2008. The corresponding transport work constituted 12.5 billion passenger kilometers; an increase of 3.2 per cent from 2007.

Transport by air exceeded 4.5 billion passenger kilometers in 2008, thereby surpassing the previous record from 2000 of 4.5 billion passenger kilometers.

Sustained growth in traffic by private cars

The private car constituted almost 56.0 billion passenger kilometres in 2008; an increase of 2.0 per cent compared to 2007. Compared to public transport as a whole, this increase was about 1 percentage point lower. However, when the total public transport increased by 392 million passenger kilometers from 2007-2008, the corresponding increase for the private cars comes to 1 090 million.

Particularly strong increase in the road goods transport

A total of 200 million tonnes were carried within Norway by Norwegian registered goods vehicles in 1975. A new barrier was passed in 2008, reaching 301 million tonnes. This was an increase of 8.3 per cent compared to 2007. The transport work done by the same vehicles constituted 17.6 billion tonne-kilometers in 2008, also an increase of little more than 8 per cent from the year before.

Almost 20 billion tonne-kilometers performed by gas transport by pipeline

A total of 19.7 tonne-kilometers or almost two thirds of the total transport work from the Norwegian continental shelf to Norwegian terminals was performed by gas transport by pipeline in 2008. In 2000 the equivalent share was one fifth. It is particularly the oil transport by tankers which has experienced a declining transport volume in recent years.

Source: Statistics Norway

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