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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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02 Rights and opportunities

A culture of equality is one thing, but what about the nitty-gritty details of Norwegian work life?

Image of a woman in bathing suit exiting the water and into a sauna

Flyt Fjordsauna in Jevnaker

Photo: Hans Haug/Visit Øst Norge

The Working Environment Act is one of the essential components of work life and culture in Norway. Here you will find rules on everything from working hours to termination, working environment, leave of absence, and disputes. It also includes specific protection against discrimination. All Norwegian employers are obliged by law to follow the rules in this act.

A full-time contract will usually include 37,5 working hours per week, which is divided into 8 hours a day, including 30 minute break. As a general rule, you are entitled to 25 days (five weeks) paid vacation, after 12 months of employment. Before 12 months employment, you are entitled to take out the same amount of vacation days, only without pay. It is common with a notice period of 3 months upon termination of the contract.

The pension system in Norway consists of a minimum pension level guaranteed by The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) - see under “Health and Services” for more information - plus a combination of other entitlements based on whether you work in the private or public sector. Most employees automatically contribute 2% of their salaries to a pension scheme, and their employer adds to this (usually up to 7%).

For more information on sickness and maternity leave, please see under “Health & services”.