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 market.

These 41 associations, their 1 050 000 members, the housing co-operatives and NBBL, make up the Norwegian co-operative housing movement. This makes NBBL the third largest membership organisation in Norway.

The movement’s vision 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).

With one exception, all major co-operative housing associations are members of NBBL. They are spread out all over the country, but play a major role primarily in the larger cities. During the last ten years, the number of associations has been more than halved, due to comprehensive fusion processes.

In the period of 2015-2017, the associations developed 3-4 000 housing units per year. They develop both housing projects organised as co-operatives, and condominiums.

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
Historical background

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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: