Remote’s guide to employing in

Norway
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Make employment in Norway easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in Norway, all in one easy-to-use platform.

  • Capital City

    Oslo

  • Currency

    Norwegian krone (kr, NOK)

  • Languages

    Norwegian

  • Population size

    5,391,369

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor ManagementGlobal Payroll

Facts & Stats

Norway Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Oslo

  • Currency

    Norwegian krone (kr, NOK)

  • Languages

    Norwegian

  • Population size

    5,391,369

  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    $$$$ (3 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency

    Bi-Monthly/Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    25%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    1.2

The Kingdom of Norway is a Scandinavian constitutional monarchy famous for its rich cultural history, mythology, and economic performance. Norway is one of the world’s happiest, most developed, and wealthiest nations, strengthened by free universal healthcare and education.

Grow your team in Norway with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Norway? Companies hiring in Norway must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Norway on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Norway team. You can also pay contractors now in Norway with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

Norway, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Norway may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in Norway

The Norwegian Working Environment Act (Arbeidsmiljøloven) spells out provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights, which apply to Norway’s workforce of 2.8 million. In addition to rights guaranteed by legislation, 50% of Norwegian employees belong to unions, which outline further rules in collective bargaining agreements.

Employees in Norway enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, and race.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include the minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Norway.

Minimum Wage

There’s no government-mandated minimum wage in Norway. Employers are free to bargain with unions and individuals, depending on the role and industry. Despite the lack of a minimum wage, Norway has one of the highest average wages in the world, at around 640,000 NOK, equivalent to over $75,000.

High Average Salaries

The average salary in Oslo, Norway is currently around 31000 NOK per month after taxes as of 2021. That is around 3600 USD per month, and one of the highest average salaries for any European capital.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Norway fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 5 working days.

12 Public holidays

Jan
Monday 1 January 20241New Year’s Day (Nyttårsdag)
Mar
Thursday 28 March 20242Maundy Thursday (Skjærtorsdag)
Friday 29 March 20243Good Friday (Langfredag)
Sunday 31 March 20244Easter Sunday (Første påskedag)
Apr
Monday 1 April 20245Easter Monday (Andre påskedag)
May
Wednesday 1 May 20246Labour Day (Arbeiderenes Dag)
Thursday 9 May 20247Ascension Day (Kristi Himmelfartsdag)
Friday 17 May 20248Constitution Day (Grunnlovsdag)
Sunday 19 May 20249Whit Sunday (Første pinsedag)
Monday 20 May 202410Whit Monday (Andre Pinsedag)
Dec
Wednesday 25 December 202411Christmas Day (Første Juledag)
Thursday 26 December 202412Boxing Day (Andre Juledag)

Competitive benefits package in Norway

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in Norway are tailored to fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Taxes in Norway

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Norway.

  • 14.10%

    National Insurance (Folketrygdloven)

  • 12%

    Mandatory Holiday Pay

  • 2%

    Mandatory occupational pension scheme (OTP)

  • NOK 1500 - Accident insurance (calculated at 1500 NOK on top of the base monthly salary)

Types of leave

Non-union employees are entitled to four weeks and one day of paid time off annually, while unionised employees are entitled to five weeks of paid leave annually. However, holiday days are not paid in Norway.

Every employee is entitled to 25 day holiday days, but whether these are considered paid leave days or not, will depend on whether these are deducted from salary. The annual five week entitlement will have to be deducted from the salary to be considered as paid leave.

For practical reasons, one prescribed way of performing this salary deduction is through a holiday pay distribution in June every year. There will be no tax on the holiday pay earned from the previous year. The tax free holiday pay will cover for the lost income. The four weeks of holiday days are deducted from the monthly salary of the employee, and the extra week (to complete the 25 days) is deducted from the holiday pay.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employee contracts can be terminated if a just cause is established, such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, or any other work-related offences. Employers are required to discuss the intention to terminate with employees before the decision is finalised.

Notice period

Firstly, a period of 1 months notice period must be provided for all employees regardless of their tenure.

  • 2 months notice: More than 5 years of Employment

  • 3 months notice: More than 10 years of Employment

  • 4 months notice: Employee who is over the age of 50

  • 5 months notice: Employee who is over the age of 55

  • 6 months notice: Employee who is over the age of 60

If the employee decides to leave, Norwegian employment law dictates that the employee will need to give a minimum of one month's notice.

Severance pay

There are no provisions for severance payments under Norwegian labour law.

Probation periods

Probation periods can last for up to six months under Norwegian regulations.

Fair Pricing in Norway

Employer of Record

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Starting at US$599/month

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  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

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US$29

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Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll

US$50

per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you

HRIS

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Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app