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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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05 The Norwegian tax system

The tax system and the Norwegian welfare state go hand in hand. The idea is built upon a social democratic model, in which general taxes on income, consumption and fortune are spent on more or less free public services such as social help, healthcare and education. This leaves the rich a little less rich, and the poorer a little less poor. In other words: a more equal society.

Taxes in Norway

Illustration by Skatteetaten

The Norwegian tax year runs from January to December. Annual taxes are filed electronically on or before the 30th of April. In Norway, the tax system is divided into several brackets.

When calculating your tax rate, make sure to factor in income tax (22%), National Insurance (calculated on personal income), and your bracket tax (calculated on personal income). Norway also has a wealth tax, which is paid on cars, property, shares, bank deposits, etc.

In March/April you will receive notice that you can check your Tax return ("Skattemelding") and you can log-in with MinID and see the adjustment. Note: if there is nothing to amend then just submit it. If there are changes needed, make sure to adjust and submit the "Skattemelding" before April 30th.

The system itself is easy to navigate, and the easiest way is to submit your self assessment online.

You can find out more about how much you will pay in taxes and how at The Norwegian Tax Administration (Skatteetaten).

Need to apply for "Skattekort"?

The best source to find out about Skattekort/tax deduction card, PAYE and more will be The Norwegian Tax Administration!

Did you know that what you pay in taxes is public information? This makes Norway one of the most transparent countries in the world! Forbes wrote an article about this in 2019 (link).

How it works

Tax deduction card

This is our estimation of your income and deductions for the coming year, and how much tax you must pay.

- Applies to the current year.

- Your employer collects your tax deduction card online and deducts the specified amount from your salary.

Tax return

This is your overview of income, deductions, wealth, debt and what you paid in tax last year.

- Applies to last year.

- You will get access to this in March/April. Deadline to submit is April 30th

- You must check that all the information in the tax return is correct.

Tax assessment

This is the result - after you and we have both checked that the information in your tax return is correct.

- If you’ve paid too much tax, you’ll receive a refund. If you’ve paid too little tax, you must pay the underpaid tax.

- Skatteetaten will notify you by e-mail or SMS when your tax return is ready.