The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This Background Paper examines the medium-term economic outlook (1997-99) for Norway. The central feature of Norges Bank's reference case projection for the medium term is that the expansion of mainland output will slow from 3.3 percent in 1995 and 2.8 percent in 1996 to an annual average of 2 percent in 1997-99. Overall GDP growth will also slow from about 4 percent in each of 1995 and 1996 to 2 percent in 1997-99. Inflation is forecast to remain low, at 2 percent in 1996 and on average 2.3 percent per year in 1997-99.