Social security and insurance

Your membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme depends on whether you have a Norwegian employer and the length of your stay.

  • If you are employed by a Norwegian employer to work in Norway, you automatically become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme from your first day of work. As an employee you become a member even if you are residing in another country while working in Norway (Note! There are other rules if you work for a Norwegian employer outside Norway). You do not have to be a Norwegian citizen, registered with the National Population Register or liable to pay taxes in Norway. What is crucial is that you are legally entitled to perform work in Norway. 
  • If your intended stay in Norway is at least 12 months, you become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme from your date of entry to Norway. 
  • You may be exempt from the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme because you maintain your membership in the social security scheme in your home country. You must document this with a certificate from the national insurance authorities in your home country.
  • Please note that you are not entitled to a General Practitioner (fastlege) in Norway until you have finalised your registration and receive a permanent ID-number.  However if you require medical attention there a few general practitions who treat patients who are not assigned to a GP in Oslo. Volvat Medical Centre provides services without referral. 
  • If you are a national of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you should bring your European Health Insurance Card (ec.europa.eu).