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It pays well to be male

Even thought Norway is known to have a large degree of equal status between the sexes, it pays to be male.

Norwegian men makes about NOK 100,000 (USD 14,000) more than women annually, and the difference is increasing. Furthermore, men own almost twice as much property as women.

From 2001 to 2002 the difference increased from NOK 85,000 to 97,000. Last year men had an average income of NOK 246,000 (USD 35,000), while women’s average income was NOK 149,000 (USD 21,000). The difference is NOK 12,000 (USD 1,700) larger than last year, according to the Norwegian daily Aftenposten.

The survey was conducted by Lindorff, a company evaluating individuals’ credit.

“I believe these numbers are due to the fact that men and women have different jobs. When the men and women have jobs with standard wages, they are rather equal. At the same time, men are often promoted faster than women,” said Tore Andresen, CEO in Lindorff Decision.

Average salary for the average Norwegian man and woman after deductions is NOK 197,131 (USD 28,161).

The numbers also indicate that the salary level in Norway has increased with 10 percent in 2002. It was people in the capital who experienced the larges salary increase with 17 percent, while people in Hedmark experienced the weakest increase with 7 percent.

Furthermore, numbers indicate that men have almost twice as much taxable property as women. At the end of 2002, men had property for more than NOK 320,000 (USD 45,700), while women had in average NOK 175,000 (USD 25,000).

However, women experienced a larger increase in the property than men both in money value and in percent, but collectively both men and women are richer now then a year ago.


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