chapter  18
Norway
ByHÅKON LORENTZEN
Pages 12

In Norway, the term voluntary sector has been used to describe civic activities during the last 50 years. Within the voluntary sector, the membershipbased association (forening, a word that originates from the German Vereinung) has been the core unit. Until recently, foundations have not been included in the voluntary sector, most often they were regarded as a type of ‘private’ ownership, together with limited companies and other for-profit ownership forms.