National common components in the Norwegian public sector

Published on: 06/11/2014
Last update: 05/10/2017

The document describes how national common components should be managed, administered, financed and developed.

This document, which has not been updated since its publication, is the most complete document regarding the Norwegian approach for the management and development of national common components. It centralises the different initiatives regarding these common components, and some of its recommendations are now in different legislations.  

Five overarching national common components are proposed, taking into account the following criteria:  

• A state agency has the administrative responsibility for the components 

• The components meet needs across numerous sectors and/or administrative tiers 

• The components will be central to a number of electronic services 

• The components have considerable economic significance as a common set of possibilities for the development of electronic services and for benefit realisation in the agencies 


These selected common components are the following: 

• The Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities (basic information about legal entities) 

• National Population Register (basic information about persons) 

• The New Cadastre (basic information about property) 

• Altinn (-components) 

• Common infrastructure for eID in the public sector 


The report proposes five measures for management, administration and financing of the national common components. It also recommends that a joint strategy process for the five national common components is implemented.

The document is published by Difi (Direktoratet for forvaltning og IKT). Difi is the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment. It aims to strengthen the government's work in renewing the Norwegian public sector and improving the organisation and efficiency of government administration.

ISBN Number: ISSN 1890-6583

Nature of documentation: Official reports and studies


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