Norwegian version

The Norwegian Life Course, Ageing and Generation Study (NorLAG)

A multidisciplinary and longitudinal study that includes data on well-being, health, work, care, and family relations in the second half of life (age 40+).

The Norwegian study on life course, ageing and generation (NorLAG) has three main objectives: (1) to explore the conditions for vital ageing and quality of life in old age, (2) to study these conditions in different areas and types of communities, and under different care regimes, (3) to provide knowledge to support a sustainable welfare policy in an ageing society.

NorLAG aims to provide knowledge about variation and life-course change by studying behaviour and transitions in four key domains:

  1. Work and Retirement
  2. Family and generations
  3. Mental health and quality of life
  4. Health and care

Gender, cohort, and local communities are cross-cutting issues through all domains.

NorLAG has had three data collections (2002/3, 2007/8, and 2017). Data collections were carried out by Statistics Norway in collaboration with NOVA.

The second wave was called LOGG – the Norwegian Study on life course, generation and gender – and comprised the first wave of the Generations and Gender Survey (GGS-Norway) and the second wave of NorLAG.

Data is available through the Access Upgrade Infrastructure project.

NOVA is responsible for the NorLAG survey.

  • Participants

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    • Funding

      NorLAG data collections have been funded by the Research Council of Norway, four ministries (Health and Care, Work and Social Affairs, Children and Families, Local Government and Modernisation), Directorate of Health, The State Housing Bank, Statistics Norway and NOVA. NorLAG data are made available for research purposes through the Infrastructure projects funded by the Research Council of Norway ACCESS Life Course (prosjekt no. 195403) and ACCESS Upgrade (project no. 269920), a consortium between NOVA and NSD.

    • NOVA projects that use NorLAG data

      • ACCESS Life Course Database: Upgrade and Expansion

        Through the ACCESS Upgrade infrastructure, researchers and students will gain access to updated and upgraded longitudinal life course data for more than 6,000 men and women aged 49 years and older.

      • Social Inequalities in Ageing (SiA)

        In this project researchers investigate what influences social inequalities in health, and how different organization of welfare institutions can affect social inequalities in ageing.

      • ExitAge

        The objective of the project is to increase the knowledge about the oldest workers and their experiences, as well as how companies handle work exit and the change in mandatory retirement age.