The Co-opertive Housing Federation of Norway (NBBL)

The Co-operative Housing Federation of Norway (NBBL) is a national membership association representing 41 co-operative housing associations (building co-operatives). 12.700 housing co-operatives and condominiums, counting 510.000 housing units, are managed by these member associations. 5 600 are affiliated housing co-operatives, with 260 000 housing units, where the members have the right of pre-emption when the units are sold in the marked.  
These 41 associations, their 1.020.000 members, the housing cooperatives and NBBL makes up the Norwegian Co-operative Housing Movement. This makes NBBL the third largest membership organisation in the country.

With one exception, all major co-operative housing associations are members in NBBL. The 41 member associations of NBBL are spread out all over the country, but plays a major role primarily in the larger cities. During the last ten years the numbers of associations has been more than halved – due to comprehensive fusion processes. In the period of 2015-17, the co-operative housing associations developed 3-4 000 housing units pr. year. They develop both housing projects organized as co-operatives and condominiums.       

Vision and values

The vision of the Norwegian Co-operative Housing Movement is to offer its members the opportunity to acquire a decent home in a sustainable living environment. NBBL believes in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others, thus adhering to the co-operative principles stated in the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).


NBBL is dedicated to promoting the economic growth and development of the Norwegian co-operative housing sector and assisting NBBL members through a range of activities:

  • representing co-operative housing associations and their members before Parliament, Government and central agencies with regards to housing policy and other related issues
  • co-ordinating and assisting the analysis of policy issues with a view to developing approaches and strategies for the promotion and advancement of co-operative interests
  • promoting and supporting the housing co-operative associations through various forms communication activities, publications, courses, conferences, legal services and programs of different kinds
  • promoting co-operation and collaboration among NBBL members and partner organisation

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Co-operative principles:

1. Voluntary and Open Membership

2. Democratic Member Control

3. Member Economic Participation

4. Autonomy and Independence

5. Education, Training and Information

6. Co-operation among Co-operatives

7. Concern for Community

International collaboration

NBBL is a member of various international co-operatives:
The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
NBO Housing Nordic