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I have moved to Oslo and the region

You’ve moved to Oslo, found a job and a place to live. Congratulations and velkommen! Once here, you might have a few questions about working in Norway – from paid vacation to taxes and health services. We have gathered the most crucial information you need in order to find your feet.

If you haven’t yet sorted out your visa, D-number or bank account, please have a look through our “Moving to Oslo? A Practical Guide” section, which provides you with everything you need to know in order to be allowed to work and live in Oslo.

  1. 01 Norwegian working culture
  2. 02 Rights and opportunities
  3. 03 Health care & services
  4. 04 Schools and kindergarten
  5. 05 The Norwegian tax system
  6. 06 Find a job in Norway
  7. 07 How to start a company in the Oslo region
  8. 08 Navigate the startup ecosystem
  9. 09 Continuing education
  10. 10 Learn the Norwegian language
  11. 11 Getting around Oslo and the region
  12. 12 Obtaining and Exchanging a Driver's License in Norway
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03 Health care & services

There are plenty of different health care systems around the world, and it can be hard to get your head around a new one. Don’t despair however - we are here to help to explain what to expect in Norway!

Man inside an EpiShuttle, an isoluation unit by Epiguard. Health tech company Oslo

EpiShuttle by EpiGuard, a health-tech company in Oslo.

Photo: Ystad Svorte/Osloregionen

In Norway, The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) is crucial. They administer health care and welfare benefits, childcare benefits, unemployment and work assessment allowance.

To be eligible for NAV benefits, you need to be a member of the National Insurance Scheme. If you have a residence permit in Norway, you are as a general rule a member of the National Insurance Scheme. For you to be considered a resident in Norway, your stay in Norway must last, or be intended to last, for at least 12 months.

General Practitioner (GP)/Fastlege

You are entitled to a General Practitioner (GP) and sickness leave if you are registered in the National Population Register, with a national identification number. If you have a national identification number, you will automatically be assigned to a GP. You may select and change GP by logging into helsenorge.no. You can change GP twice a year. Read more at Helse Norge (link).

If you exceed a certain amount in a year for medical costs, you may be entitled to "Frikort". Read more about that on Helse Norge (link).

If you have a D-number, you are not entitled to a GP, but you are entitled to necessary medical treatment. The municipality is responsible for providing this kind of healthcare, if you live in Oslo read more here.

When you need medical assistance: Who should you call?

  • - Your GP during opening hours
  • - The out-of-hours medical service on 116 117 when your GP is unavailable and you are unable to wait
  • - 113 in an emergency
Boy at doctor Oslo kommune

Photo: Maskot/Oslo kommune/NTB

What about a dentist?

The Public Dental Service in Norway provides free dental care for priority groups, including children under 18. Adults must use private dentists and pay fees, while youths aged 19-20 receive subsidized care.

You can find dentists in your area on Tannleger Norge (link), and private dentists usually have shorter waiting periods. Check with your insurance company for coverage, maybe your company offers any benefits?

In case of emergencies, find an emergency dentist on your state's website.

Some treatments may be reimbursed, and fees vary by practice.

You're expecting!

If you are expecting children (congrats!), there are several parental benefits available (link). You have the right to obtain these if you have been employed with a pensionable income for at least six out of the last ten months prior to the start of your parental leave.
In general, mothers, fathers or birth partners have the right for paid leave for up to one year in total. The system is made so that each family can choose how they want to divide their paid leave - handy right?
The first 6 weeks however are reserved for the mother. All female residents in Norway are entitled to have an abortion, and they are free.

Read more about pregnancy week by week, check-ups during pregnancy, and advice for pregnant women, avaliable on Helse Norge (link).


There are pharmacies all around Oslo, and there’s also a 24/7 branch in the city center, outside of the Central station. Prescriptions from the doctor are issued digitally (usually straight after your appointment, it's called "Resept") and available for the pharmacists when you come to pick up your medicine.

Do you have BankID? Download the Helse Norge app, and you can check your prescription under "Medisiner". It will say the number pick ups you have left on your prescription.

If you need immediate medical care, please call 113.

For all other enquiries that require immediate medical assistance out-of-hours, visit the public emergency ward ("Legevakt" in your municipality).
The emergency wards are open 24 hours, 365 days a year.