How to start and run an enterprise in Norway
You can start an enterprise in Norway if you plan to carry out commercial activity.
Commercial activity means that you, among other things, are responsible for the goods or services you sell, use your own equipment and have the possibility of generating profit over time.
If you're carrying out commercial activity, you're considered to be self-employed. Find out if you're self-employed.
Are you unsure whether you're carrying out commercial activity?
If you only have one client, you do not use your own equipment and you're not responsible for the end result, you're likely an employee and not a self-employed person. Employees have the right to a salary and holiday pay from their employer. Read more about your rights as an employee.
If you think you're an employee, but have been asked to start an enterprise, you can contact the Labour Inspection Authority by phone on (+47) 73 19 97 00 or chat.
How to start a sole proprietorship
A sole proprietorship is a type of enterprise that you can start in Norway. When you run a sole proprietorship, you’re known as a self-employed person.
To start a sole proprietorship, you must first register your enterprise in the Brønnøysund Register Centre. You'll need
- a Norwegian identification number (national identity number or D number)
- a Norwegian address
- a registration certificate if you’re from an EU/EEA country and are going to stay in Norway for more than 3 months
- a valid residence permit as a self-employed person if you’re from a country outside the EU/EEA
If you do not have an identification number, you can apply for one when you register your enterprise.
When your enterprise is registered, you'll receive an organisation number. You cannot start selling goods or services until you have an organisation number.
Your rights as a self-employed person
As a self-employed person, you do not have the same rights as an employee. You should therefore ensure that you set aside money for your holiday pay, take out insurances and save for your pension. Find out more about your rights when you run a sole proprietorship.
If you need assistance, you can contact Altinn by phone on 800 33 840.