Photo: Kjersti Dørumsgard Moxness, Norwegian Environment Agency


The environment protection authorities aim to prevent and reduce noise so as to promote human health and well-being. 

Noise is pollution, as defined in the Pollution Control Act. A new, bipartite target for noise pollution was established in 2007: 1) noise pollution shall be reduced by 10 per cent within 2020 compared with 1999; and 2) the number of people exposed to indoor noise levels of over 38 dB shall be reduced by 30 per cent within 2020 compared with 2005. The first target concerns general noise pollution in Norway, while the second target concerns those who are exposed to the highest levels of noise.