A guide to contracting in Norway

contracting in Norway

4th May 2018

There’s certainly a lot to love about Norway. From its rolling mountains and the chance to see the Northern Lights, to its urban landscape filled with many museums, galleries and quirky attractions. Beyond the tourist lures, however, the country also has a thriving economy that contractors can benefit from.

A raft of opportunities

While Norway has historically profited from the oil and gas industry, its government has committed to shifting to greener energy supplies as the value of fossil fuels remains uncertain. As such, it is highly likely that demand for renewable energy experts will increase in the very near future.

This location is also a thriving hub for the tech field. Currently one of the world’s leaders in electronic cars – with the highest number of battery-vehicles owned – Norway looks set to see an uptick in new tech developments to bolster its other leading sectors. For example, demand for environmentally friendly farming technology in the marine industry is creating a need for specialist expertise that is often hard to come by.

A great place to work

Aside from the raft of opportunities Norway offers to professionals, it is also a great place to work. According to a recent HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, the country is the second top expat destination, scoring highly in a number of areas, including economic and political stability, well-paid and flexible employment, happiness, good welfare systems and quality of safety for families. Norway was also one of the top ten countries ranked for safety in a survey by the world’s largest network of expats, InterNations.

Contracting in Norway: the legalities

Clearly Norway has a number of appealing factors, but if you’re considering seeking work in the area there are a few legalities to be aware of. In the first instance, nationals from outside the European Economic Area will need a visa before they can work in the country. For those needing a visa, it is important to bear in mind that it usually takes around 4 to 6 weeks to obtain one and there will be legal costs associated with this as well.

Once you begin work, you will need to register with the relevant Norwegian authorities within three months of your move. This will involve an online pre-application form followed by a visit to the local police station. You will then be issued with a tax deduction card which outlines your required tax payments and Norwegian personal identification number which is needed in order to live in the country.

There are also sector specific requirements that need to be adhered to. For example, every contractor working at a building or construction site – regardless if they are Norwegian or a foreign national –  must have a Construction ID Card. This compulsory requirement is to identify who you are and who you work for.

Of course, the best way to remove the risk and administrative burden of remaining fully compliant when contracting in Norway is to get on-board with an expert contractor management organisation. Contact the team today:


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