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LIFO 2020 Norway - Country Factsheet

LIFO 2020 | Norway

Published on: 18/02/2022 Last update: 17/02/2022 Document
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The Location Interoperability Framework Observatory (LIFO) monitors the implementation of location interoperability good practices in European public administrations, based on the level of adoption of recommendations in the EULF Blueprint.

The overview of 2020 location interoperability status in Norway is based on the information provided by Kartverket (Norwegian Mapping Authority), with assistance from other governmental agencies.


LIFO 2020 Norway


The information collected on location interoperability in Norway indicates a very good alignment with the EULF Blueprint recommendations. The country scores higher than the European average across the 23 countries monitored in all focus areas

The country scores higher than the European average across the 23 countries monitored in all focus areas.

The focus areas that have registered the highest scores are “Policy and Strategy Alignment” and “Return on Investment”. With respect to the former, the results are mainly driven by the good alignment between location information and digital government strategies and by the extensive use of standards for public sector procurements of location information and/or services in line with the standards applied to broader ICT procurement. Most organisations are fully compliant with GDPR under the location privacy perspective.

The “Return on Investment” focus area factors that have contributed mostly to the good positioning are the extent of the measures implemented to facilitate searching, finding and accessing public sector location data and services for third parties, as well as the actions to support private, non-profit and academic actors in the development of new products, services or research using public sector location data. Moreover, there is a consistent and systematic approach to monitoring the performance of location-based services, along with frequent and thorough communication of availability and benefits of location data and

location-enabled digital public services.

In the “Governance, Partnerships and Capabilities” focus area, the main positive drivers are the extensive awareness raising and training initiatives on geospatial skills and the presence of several formal agreements between public authorities to finance, build and operate many location data services or digital public services using location data. There is a strong integrated leadership and coordination on actions and policies related to the role of the SDI in Digital Government, with cross-fertilisation between members in governing bodies.

The “Standardisation and Reuse” focus area also shows a positive deviation from the European average, due to the well-structured approach to the SDI architecture and to the large array of actions implemented to govern and assure location data quality.

Finally, the strengths of the “Digital Government Integration” focus area, are due to the wide use of the public sector SDI for delivering digital public services across public bodies, the presence of key digital public services using location information in an innovative and comprehensive way, and the open and collaborative methodology applied to design and improve location enabled digital public services at all levels (local, sub-national and national). The public sector SDI is used extensively by the private sector and other organisations (e.g. NGOs) for the delivery of new and innovative applications, products and services and several actions are implemented for the integration of location and statistical information.

For a better understanding of these results, it must be noted that Norway, as with all EFTA countries, is not subject, in full or in part, to the provisions of EU legislation (e.g. on the application of the INSPIRE Directive or of the GDPR).

Norway has participated also in LIFO 2019. For the 2019 factsheet, click here.

LIFO index for 2020

The LIFO index for Norway combining the scores for the five focus areas is 0.74 which confirms the excellent performance of the country in terms of location interoperability in all focus areas. This is significantly above the European average LIFO index, which is 0.55.

                             Overall EULF Blueprint implementation for Norway

Additional information

For more details, download the factsheet in the attachment section below.

Click here to find out more about the Location Interoperability Framework Observatory (LIFO)

Click here to explore the LIFO 2020 and 2019 results in the LIFO Interactive Dashboards  


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