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. 12.700  affiliated housing co-operatives counting 510.000 housing units are managed by the member associations.
These associations, their 1.020.000 members, the housing cooperatives and NBBL make up the Norwegian Co-operative Housing Movement. This makes NBBL the fourth largest membership movement in the country.
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 housing sector through co-operative enterprise, 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 movement in Norway through various forms of research, training and technical assistance; information, publications and programs
  • promoting co-operation and collaboration among NBBL member and partner organisations
  • developing and providing a variety of benefits, products and services for NBBL members, with activitiesranging from finance, insurance, consumer goods and services to statistical surveys, analysis and legal services
  • supporting housing initiatives in partnership with local organisations abroad aimed at low income groups through various forms of development co-operation north-south,including short and long term technical assistance

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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