Doing business in Norway

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Doing business in Norway

International businesses looking to establish themselves in Norway are often surprised by the country’s multitude of compliance obligations.

If your company is planning activities in Norway for a sustained period of time, you should consider setting up a separate Norwegian company.

If your activities are temporary, you can register as a "Norwegian registered foreign company" (NUF). The company will subsequently receive an organisation number and be registered in the The Brønnøysund Register Centre (Companies Registry).

Through our wide range of services, Visma can assist you with all the practicalities and compliance obligations you are faced with when doing business in Norway.

Scroll down for a complete overview of our services designed to help foreign companies succeed when doing business in Norway. Feel free to contact us today for a non-binding review.


Doing business in Norway - Establish a business

Establish your business in Norway

Business activities may be organised in various ways. Visma can help you decide which entity suits your purposes, taking into account commercial considerations, tax and VAT issues, compliance and administrative costs and limitation of liability.

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Accounting services

Foreign companies that conduct business in Norway and are taxable to Norway for their income are obliged to keep their books in accordance with the Norwegian Accounting Act and Bookkeeping Act. Visma offer Norway and the entire Nordic region through one point of contact.

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Doing business in Norway - Accounting

Doing business in Norway - Payroll

Payroll services

Payroll is a specialist field that can be both costly and challenging to keep inside your organisation. Outsourcing will allow you to focus on developing your core business. We adapt our solution to your business, and we can handle any type of process within payroll management.

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Doing business in Norway - Work in Norway

Work in Norway

There is a wide range of legislation that regulate work life in Norway. They apply to both the employer and the employees working in Norway. We have long experience in assisting both the employer and the expatriate with the necessary obligations, starting with Norwegian residence permits.

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For expats

Visma has considerable experience with legal assistance for expats, and we offer a wide range of services for expats working in Norway. We help completing and submitting their tax returns, and we make sure that you receive all the deductions you are entitled to.

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Doing business in Norway - Expats

Doing business in Norway - Labour law

Labour law

If a foreign employee is employed by a Norwegian company in Norway, the Norwegian Working Environment Act governs his or her employment. But what if the employee remains employed in a foreign company, and is dispatched to Norway for a period of time? The lawyers in Visma can assist.

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Tax in Norway

If your business activities are taxable in Norway, most of the time you will be subject to the same tax principles and rates as Norwegian companies and the company is obliged to submit an annual tax return.

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Doing business in Norway - Tax

Doing business in Norway - Vat

VAT in Norway

Foreign businesses that start up business activities liable to VAT in Norway must calculate and pay VAT in the same way as Norwegian businesses. VAT is payable on all sales of goods and services unless specifically exempted.

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VAT representative

Foreign businesses that sell goods and services in Norway without having a place of business or a place of residence, must be registered through a representative in the VAT-register. This is a simple and flexible way to sell goods or services in Norway. Let Visma be your VAT representative in Norway.

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Doing business in Norway - VAT representative

Checklist for foreign companies

Access our interactive checklist tailored to your business' needs.

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Get a a general overview of the most important topics you must consider when conducting business in Norway.

  • What kind of entity?

  • Registration and reporting obligations

  • Corporate tax

  • Payroll tax and employee taxation

  • Labour law

  • Value Added Tax (VAT)

  • Import and export of goods and services

  • Accounting and auditing


Doing business in Norway info sheet - A general overview of the most important topics you must consider when conducting business in Norway.