This paper describes the population registration system and the vital statistics system in Norway and the use of these systems. Norway is one of the western countries with a long tradition on population censuses and registration of vital events. Thus the present systems have been developed during many decades. Some main features of this history are sketched here.
This paper also aims to account for the main reasons why Norway has been able to achieve good systems. The paper was presented at the United Nations African Workshop on Strategies for Accelerating the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems, Rabat, Morocco, 4-8 December 1995.