Guidance for UK businesses on rules for selling services to Norway.
Read this page in combination with the guidance for the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The authoritative source for Norwegian market regulations is the Norwegian government. This guidance links to official Norwegian sources wherever possible.
Trade and services regulations in Norway
If you’re a UK business providing services in Norway, you’ll need to follow Norwegian regulations about:
- getting an authorisation or a licence to provide a service
- complying with local business regulations
- EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors
The Norwegian e-government portal for service providers can help you to:
- check what you need to know about providing services in Norway
- understand local regulations
- complete the relevant administrative procedures online
Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in Norway to help you comply with specific regulations.
To check if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority.
Ownership of companies registered in Norway
If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a registered company in Norway or any other EEA country.
For information about setting up and running a business in Norway, visit Invest in Norway.
Read more about this in our guidance relating to the EEA and Switzerland.
Ownership of legal firms in Norway
If you’re a UK legal professional who has investments in law firms in Norway, you should contact the Norwegian Bar Association for further information.
Business travel and entry requirements
UK business travellers and service providers may need a visa, work permit or other documentation.
Check our travel to Norway for work guide for detailed information on:
- types of visa and work permit routes available
- exemptions that may apply to you or the activity you are planning to undertake
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration website has more information about:
- visas including intra-corporate transfers
- work and residence permits
- supporting documentation
- other conditions
Check which actions travellers visiting Europe need to take.
Social security payments for employees
Check if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in Norway.
Recognition of professional qualifications
Check if you need to take action by reading our general guidance relating to EEA countries and Switzerland.
If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in Norway, these sources can help you:
- Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, the information centre for the recognition of professional qualifications
- the Norwegian point of single contact
The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications (UK CPQ) provides practical assistance and advice to:
- professionals who qualified overseas and are interested in working in the UK
- UK professionals seeking to practise overseas
UK statutory auditors working in Norway
For UK statutory auditors, the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway should be able to provide further information.
UK lawyers working in Norway
If you’re a UK-qualified lawyer working in Norway, under a Norwegian professional title or started the process of transferring into the profession before 1 January 2021, you can continue to practise in Norway, subject to the local regulatory rules.
If you’re a UK-qualified lawyer working in Norway, under a UK professional title, you are subject to the same rules as other third country (non-EU) lawyers in Norway.
You should contact the local Bar association or the Norwegian Bar Association for specific advice.
Data transfer and GDPR
The EU formally adopted ‘adequacy decisions’ for the UK. ‘Adequacy decisions’ allow for the ongoing free flow of personal data from the EU/EEA to the UK.
Read guidance on using data in your personal business or other organisation.