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Checklist for foreign workers from EU/EEA-countries

This is what you have to do when you’re going to start working in Norway.

You must have a registration certificate if you plan to stay in Norway for more than 3 months

You must register with UDI and get a registration certificate from the police.

You must have a tax deduction card

A tax deduction card is an electronic document that shows your employer how much tax they should deduct from your salary. To get a tax deduction card for the first time, you must must book an appointment with the Tax Administration. Your employer can also apply for a tax deduction card on your behalf online, but you’ll still have to visit the Tax Administration to undergo an ID check.

You must report a move to Norway if you’re staying in Norway for more than 6 months

You must report a move to Norway if you’re staying in Norway for more than 6 months If you plan to live in Norway for more than 6 months, you must book an appointment with the Tax Administration in order to report a move to Norway. If the notification of your move is approved, you’ll be registered as resident in Norway.

You must have an identification number

Everyone who works in Norway must have a Norwegian identification number (D number or national identity number). If you plan to live in Norway for less than 6 months, you’ll be issued a D number when you apply for a tax deduction card. If you plan to stay in Norway for more than 6 months and are registered as resident, you’ll receive your national identity number by post.

You must choose how to pay tax

As a foreign employee in Norway, you can choose between two ways of paying tax. You must check which way is most profitable for you.

1. Simplified tax scheme

Most new foreign workers in Norway automatically become part of a simplified tax scheme called PAYE (Pay As You Earn). Under this scheme, you’re taxed at a fixed percentage that your employer deducts from your salary. You’ll receive a receipt for PAYE tax in August that shows how much salary and tax your employer has reported to the Tax Administration for the work you did last year.

If you do not wish to pay tax according to the PAYE scheme, you can opt out of the scheme and instead pay tax according to general rules. You can opt out when first applying for a tax deduction card, or later in the income year by changing your tax deduction card. It’s not possible to re-join the scheme.

2. General tax rules

Ordinær skatt i Norge blir beregnet etter en skatteprosent som varierer ut fra hvor mye du tjener i løpet av et år. Hvis du betaler skatt etter ordinære regler, vil du få en skattemelding i mars/april året etter inntektsåret. Skattemeldingen er en oversikt over blant annet inntekten din. Du får skattemeldingen på nett hvis du er elektronisk bruker. Du blir varslet om at du har fått den via SMS eller e-post. Hvis du ikke er elektronisk bruker, får du skattemeldingen i posten. Hvis skattemeldingen ikke stemmer, må du endre opplysningene slik at den blir riktig. Hvis alt stemmer, trenger du ikke gjøre noe. Etter at du har fått skattemeldingen, får du et skatteoppgjør. Skatteoppgjøret viser om du har betalt for mye eller for lite skatt. Dersom du har betalt for lite skatt, må du betale det du skylder. Hvis du har betalt for mye skatt, får du penger tilbake. Read more about the tax return and the tax assessment.

You must check that you receive what you’re entitled to as an employee

Everyone who works in Norway is entitled to secure and safe working conditions. This means that you’re entitled to a salary, a written employment contract and a safe working environment in accordance with Norwegian rules. In some sectors, there’s a minimum wage and a mandatory HSE card. Read more about your rights in Norway.

You should become an online user

As an online user, you can submit applications and receive letters from the Tax Administration, the police, UDI and other public services online. You can also log in and see your income and how much tax your employer has deducted from your salary. Learn how you can become an online user.

You must check that your address is correct

You must notify the Tax Administration om hvor du bor i Norge. Hvis du ønsker å få posten din til en annen adresse enn der du bor, må du oppgi en postadresse. Pass også på at du skriver navnet ditt på postkassen slik at posten kommer frem til deg. Hvis du har et fødselsnummer, må du huske å gi beskjed hvis du flytter ut av Norge.

Do you have questions about working in Norway?

You can contact the Labour Inspection Authority

(+47) 73 19 97 00
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Do you have questions about working in Norway?

You can contact the Labour Inspection Authority

(+47) 73 19 97 00

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