Employee from a country outside the EU/EEA

To work in Norway, you need to have the legal right to take up employment here. On this page you can read about what health rights you have as an employee in Norway.

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Illustration: Morten Rakke / Helfo

Learn more from this online guide: «Work in Norway – The Official Guide».

Before travelling to Norway, you should check with the Norwegian Directorate of Foreign Affairs if you require any special permits or are subject to any special rules.

Membership of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme

If you take up employment in Norway, you will be enrolled automatically in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. This entitles you to healthcare in accordance with the rules in Norway: You will be covered for necessary expenses on health services from the national health service, and you have to pay user fees for treatment in the same way as Norwegians do.

Questions about membership of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme? For information, visit the NAV (Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration) website.

Employees in Norway living outside the EU/EEA

As an employee working in Norway or on the Norwegian Continental Shelf who is resident outside the EU/EEA, you will be enrolled as a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.

Thus, you have the right to health care in Norway, and you are entitled to receive health care abroad in accordance with the rules of extended subsidisation.

If you have dependant family members, they must apply to NAV for their own membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme if they are to receive health rights in Norway on a par with the country's inhabitants. Otherwise, your family members are only entitled to limited healthcare coverage when they reside in Norway. They do not gain entitlement to healthcare in other countries through your membership of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.

If you have incurred expenses on healthcare abroad, you can read the online article on extended subsidisation.

Employee posted to Norway

​If you have been posted as an employee to Norway, you must check with your country of ordinary residence which rules apply to you .