Sick leave sinks to record low

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The number of Norwegians calling in sick hasn’t been lower since the state launched reforms in sick leave provisions in 2001, to include and keep more people in the workforce.

State welfare agency NAV, which processes sick leave applications, reports that Norwegians out on sick leave during the third quarter of this year amounted to 6.3 percent of the population, down 3 percent from the second quarter.

Sick leave in total has declined by 12.3 percent since the so-called inkluderende arbeidsliv (IA) agreement took effect 12 years ago. staff