Guidance

Living in Norway

Official information British people moving to and living in Norway need to know, including EU Exit guidance, residency, healthcare and driving.

EU exit: what you need to know

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There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Norway while the UK remains in the EU.

While the government continues to negotiate Brexit, you should:

Before you go

See our travel advice for Norway and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. You can check a passport for travel to Europe.

See moving or retiring abroad.

Visas and residency

See entry requirements for Norway in our travel advice.

If you’re staying in Norway for more than 3 months, you need to register with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. You’ll need to fill in an application form and book an appointment. You have to bring the filled-in application and documents with you to the appointment.

If you’re in Norway to work, you’ll need to show at your registration appointment:

  • your filled-in application form
  • valid ID card or passport
  • an employment certificate filled in by your employer (ansettelsesbevis) or an employment contract

If you’re in Norway to study, you’ll need to show at your registration appointment:

  • your filled-in application form
  • valid ID card or passport
  • confirmation of admission to an approved educational institution
  • private health insurance or an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • a personal declaration stating that you can financially support yourself

You can apply for a residency permit at your local service centre for foreign workers (SUA).

Once you have your residency permit, you can apply for a Norwegian personal number from the local people register (Folkeregister). See Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.

In the event of changes to residency rules or registration processes after 29 March 2019, we will update this page as soon as information is available.

Healthcare

See our travel advice for Norway.

The NHS has information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting Norway.

You need a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC.

If you’re studying, your UK EHIC card will cover you for the duration of your course. If your course isn’t part of a UK degree (eg postgraduate studies), your EHIC is valid for 12 months. See studying abroad.

You’ll pay into the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme (NIS) through your income tax. The NIS covers basic medical services, although you will sometimes have to pay a small fee. Children under 16 get free medical care.

You can only change your GP twice in a year. Find English-speaking doctors and dentists in Norway.

Ask your doctor about a health insurance receipt card at your first GP visit.

You should also check your prescriptions are legal in Norway.

S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK

You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Norway and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.

You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pension Centre.

When you receive your S1 form, register it with your local health facility before you register with your local GP surgery and get a medical card.

Working in Norway

See working in another EU country.

Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).

Once you have a job offer, you need to apply for a personal number at your local police station or your local service centre for foreign workers.

Tax

See tax if you leave the UK to live abroad and tax on your UK income if you live abroad.

We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in Norway.

See paying income tax in Norway and Norwegian Tax Administration.

If you’re working on the Norwegian continental shelf, it’s compulsory to become member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme – you must pay national insurance contributions to Norway even if you don’t pay taxes to Norway.

You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.

Pensions

See State Pension if you retire abroad and new State Pension.

The UK government will continue to pay state pension, child benefits and disability benefits to eligible UK nationals living in Norway after the UK’s exit from the EU. Find guidance on benefits and pensions in a no deal scenario.

If you have worked in Norway, you should contact the Norwegian Pension Department.

If you haven’t worked in Norway, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.

If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.

Life certificates for UK state pensions

If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.

Benefits

See claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad.

Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.

Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.

You may be eligible to claim some Norwegian social security benefits after you’ve worked 6 months continually – see Norwegian social security benefits.

Driving in Norway

See driving abroad and road travel in Norway.

Holders of UK driving licences who are resident in Norway should exchange their UK licences for a Norwegian driving licence before 29 March 2019. For more information see driving abroad.

See driving licence renewal and exchange and foreign driving licences in Norway.

See also taking a vehicle out of the UK.

Voting

British citizens living abroad can vote in some UK elections – you’ll need to register as an overseas voter.

If you’re resident in Norway, you can vote in local municipal and European parliamentary elections.

Births

See register a birth abroad.

Deaths

See what to do after someone dies.

See also:

Getting married

See getting married abroad.

Renewing passports

See overseas British passports applications and get an emergency travel document (sometimes called an emergency passport).

Pets

See travelling with pets.

UK nationals will still be able to travel to and from the UK with a pet (cat, dog or ferret) when the UK leaves the EU, but the rules will change. See pet travel to Europe after Brexit for more information.

Emergencies

Norway’s emergency numbers are:

  • 110 – fire brigade
  • 112 – police
  • 113 – ambulance
  • 120 – emergency at sea

If you need urgent help, contact the British Embassy Oslo.

Accommodation and buying property

See buying a property abroad.

Other useful information

Returning to the UK

To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.

See tax if you return to the UK.

See bringing your pet to the UK.

Disclaimer

Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Norwegian authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.

Published 26 June 2013
Last updated 21 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. EU Exit update: updated information on pensions and driving
  2. EU Exit update: link added to EEA EFTA Separation Agreement
  3. EU exit update: New information in residency and visa section on draft withdrawal agreement in principle between the UK and EU. Plus information on travelling with pets in Europe in pet section.
  4. Complete revision of guidance to ensure it's up to date and accurate.
  5. First published.