Ageing International

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 219–228 | Cite as

Continuity and Change in Norwegian Nursing Homes, in the Context of Norwegian Welfare State Ambitions

  • Frode F. JacobsenEmail author


The high investment by the Norwegian state and the Norwegian municipalities in terms of material and human resources enhances the opportunities for achieving a homelike and meaningful environment for the residents at the same time as offering high quality professional care. However, obstacles which may be overcome without an increased economic spending, hamper developments. The present work, based on ethnographic fieldwork over a time span of 25 years (1988–2013), supports the view that care for residents in Norwegian NHs is characterized more by historical continuity than by change, for good and for worse.


Nursing homes Norway Welfare state Physical surroundings Routines Continuity Change 



Thanks to Professor Anneli Hujala at University of Eastern Finland and PhD student Gudmund Ågotnes at Centre for Care Research - Western Norway, Bergen University College, for valuable comments.

Conflict of Interest

Frode F Jacobsen declares no conflict of interest.

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As there is no person or personal data appearing in the paper, there is no one from whom a permission should be obtained in order to publish personal data.

Ethical Treatment of Experimental Subjects (Animal and Human)

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by the author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Care Research – Western NorwayBergen University CollegeBergenNorway
  2. 2.Betanien University CollegeBergenNorway

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