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Norwegian Ecological Data, 1949-1961 (ICPSR 40)

Principal Investigator(s): Aarebrot, Frank; Kuhnle, Stein


This study contains election and census data for 732 Norwegian communes in the period 1949-1961. Election returns are available for the elections of 1949, 1953, 1957, and 1961. In addition, data from the censuses of 1950 and 1960 are presented, including information on demography, education, modernization, the economy, and occupational structure, and contextual information about clusters of neighboring communes. Data are provided on the total number of registered voters and the total number of votes cast for the Norwegian Communist Party, the Norwegian Labour Party, the Liberal Party (Venstre), the Christian People's Party, the Agrarian Party (the Centre Party), the Conservative Party (Hoyre), and other political parties. Additional variables provide information on age and educational levels for males and females, the total number of economically active population employed in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, manufacturing, and construction, the total value of industrial production, and the total number of private households and occupied housing units.

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Study Description


Aarebrot, Frank, and Stein Kuhnle. Norwegian Ecological Data, 1949-1961. ICPSR00040-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-02-20. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00040.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00040.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    agriculture, census data, commercial districts, communes, domestic trade, education, election returns, elections, employment, households, housing units, industry, modernization, occupations, political parties, population distribution, rural areas, urban areas, urbanization

Geographic Coverage:    Europe, Norway, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1949--1961

Universe:    Communes in Norway from 1949 to 1961.

Data Type(s):    census data, and aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The data map is provided as an ASCII text file, and the codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Data Source:

Census of Norway, 1950 and 1960, and Norwegian election returns, 1949, 1953, 1957, and 1961

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-20

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