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Nordic Statistical yearbook 2006

Nordisk statistisk årsbok 2006

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Nordic Statistical Yearbook 2006 is published for the 44th time. It is a reference book containing comprehensive and easily accessible statistics of various aspects of social life in the five Nordic countries, i.e. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. In addition data are also presented on the selfgoverning regions, i.e. the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands. The aim of the yearbook is, as far as possible, to present comparable data on the Nordic countries. Additional tables on CDROM supplement the Nordic Statistical Yearbook. Nordisk statistisk årsbok utkommer nu för 44:e gången. Årsboken är en uppslagsbok, som avser vara en sammanfattande och överskådlig redovisning av statistik över samhällsförhållandena i de fem nordiska länderna Danmark, Finland, Island, Norge och Sverige. I många av tabellerna redovisas också uppgifter om de självstyrande områdena Färöarna, Grönland och Åland. Syftet med årsboken är att lägga fram sinsemellan jämförbara uppgifter om de nordiska länderna. Ytterligare tabeller finns på den CDROM som medföljer Nordisk statistisk årsbok 2006.

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Information and communication technology

In an international context, the Nordic countries are in the lead when it comes to using modern information and communication technology. This is true of both the business sector and private individuals. In only six years – from 1995 to 2001 – total employment in the Nordic countries within the information and communication technology sector (the ICT sector) has increased by rather more than 60 per cent to a total of almost 600 000 employees. This equals about 9 per cent of total private sector employment in the Nordic countries. However, in 2001 the ICT sector experienced a worldwide crisis with a dramatic decline in the price of technology shares. This also led to a decrease in the number of ICT companies and in the number of persons employed in the ICT sector. Consequently, total employment in the Nordic ICT sector fell by 22 per cent from 2001 to 2003. The decrease was especially severe in the wholesale trade of ICT products. Here, employment was almost halved during these two years. Today (2004 data), about 455 000 persons are employed in the overall Nordic ICT sector, and about 170 000 of these employees are found in the manufacturing of ICT goods.

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