About Ungdata

Ungdata is a national data collection scheme, designed to conduct youth surveys at the municipal level in Norway.

Ungdata is regarded as the most comprehensive source of information on adolescent health and well-being at the municipal and national levels. It is among other things used in municipal planning and developmental work related to public health and preventive measures aimed at young people.

Ungdata covers various aspects of young people’s lives, e.g. relationship with parents and friends, leisure activities, health issues, local environment, well-being, and school issues. The surveys also include questions about tobacco and drug use, and participation in various forms of antisocial behavior such as violence and bullying.

NOVA is responsible for the national coordination of the project, while the regional Drug and Alcohol Competence Centers are responsible for conducting the municipal surveys. Norwegian Directorate of Health, Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Ministry of Justice and Public Security and Ministry of Education and Research has supported the development of Ungdata financially. Since 2015, Ungdata is financed through the national budget.

The Ungdata material is collected online during school hours. The questionnaire has a fixed part, which is similar in all surveys. In addition, the form contains a number of elective questions that municipalities can choose based on interests and needs. NOVA administers a national database, which contains all conducted surveys.

Information in more languages

For more information for pupils/students participating in the Ungdata survey and their parents/guardians, see information in 26 other languages than Norwegian, including English.

Norwegian Youth have Handled the Pandemic Well

In spite of the challenges that have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic, most Norwegian teenagers report high levels of life satisfaction (oslomet.no).


For more information contact Head of Ungdata, Research Professor Anders Bakken: anders.bakken@oslomet.no or Senior Advisor Hanne C. Hougen: hanne.hougen@oslomet.no.

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