Universal design action plan 2009-2013

The vision of the Government's action plan is a universally designed Norway by 2025.

The action plan is intended to support the implementation of the new Anti-Discrimination and Accessibility Act, new Planning and Building Act and other new legislation dealing with universal design. The action plan is also intended to help meet Norway’s obligations when Norway ratifies the UN Convention on the Rights of People with disabilities.

The action plan has four areas of commitment

  • outdoor areas/planning
  • buildings
  • transport
  • ICT

In the field of buildings and construction, there are two goals subject to a deadline:

  1. Pursuant to the Planning and Building Act, regulations may be issued concerning the upgrading of categories of buildings, facilities and outdoor areas intended for the general public within given deadlines.
  2. Existing buildings managed by Statsbygg are to be upgraded successively in accordance with Statsbygg’s action plan. The measure is to be continued until the universal design requirements have been met in line with the vision, ie, by the end of 2025.

Norway universally designed by 2025 - The Norwegian government’s action plan for universal design and increased accessibility 2009-2013 (PDF)