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Work environment in Norway: trade unions, labor inspection, taxation, pension, finding a new job, and starting a business in the Tromsø region.

The work environment in Norway is characterized by organized labor and a well-functioning welfare system. The country has high labor force participation and low unemployment. Workers have rights such as reasonable working hours, minimum wages, vacation, and leaves, as well as protection against discrimination and unemployment. Employers are obligated to provide safe and health-promoting working conditions for their employees and follow rules on environmental protection, safety, and social protection.

There is a strong focus on equality and diversity in the workplace, and employers are required to work towards an inclusive and discrimination-free work environment.

Norwegian trade unions play a vital role in defending workers' rights and interests, often participating in negotiations on wages, working conditions, and terms of employment. The labor market in Norway is generally highly regulated, contributing to a stable and secure work environment.

Trade Unions

There are four main labor organizations for workers: LO, Akademikerne, Unio, and YS. Additionally, some trade unions are independent, but most are affiliated with these main organizations.

Labor Inspection

The Labor Inspection Authority sets the framework for ensuring that businesses maintain a high level of health, working conditions, and safety. The Labor Inspection Authority independently follows up on businesses to ensure compliance with the labor legislation, the minimum wage legislation, and other regulations within their jurisdiction.

Taxation in Norway

We pay taxes to finance public services and welfare systems such as healthcare, education, social safety nets, infrastructure, and the defense sector. Taxes are a significant source of income for the government, enabling investments in societal needs and providing various welfare services.

You are required to pay taxes on all income and assets, both domestically and abroad, if you are tax-resident in Norway. If you are not tax-resident, you will only be liable for certain types of income and assets related to Norway.

How to Pay Taxes?

All employees must have a tax deduction card. If you earn below a certain amount, you may be eligible for a tax-free card, exempting you from paying tax on that income. If you earn above the tax-free card threshold, you must have a tax deduction card, which can be ordered from the Norwegian Tax Administration. You can also contact attorneys and accountants to help you with taxes.

Pension In Norway

We have a welfare system that provides for us when we reach pension age or become ill. Pension is the money saved up by your employer that you are entitled to when you reach a certain age, have reduced work capacity, or have dependents. The standard retirement age in Norway is 67 years, but it is possible to retire earlier or later depending on individual circumstances.

Finding a new job

Here are some tips for finding a new job in the Tromsø region:

  • Search on the internet: Use job websites like,, and LinkedIn to find available positions in Tromsø.

  • Contact local staffing agencies like Jobzone, Adecco, Randstad, and Manpower. They can help you find a job that suits you and often have good knowledge of local companies and job vacancies.

  • Talk to family, friends, and acquaintances in Tromsø about possible job opportunities.

  • You can also directly apply to companies you are interested in working for. This shows initiative and can set you apart from other applicants.

  • Attend job fairs: The job fair in Tromsø provides an opportunity to meet potential employers face to face and get information about available positions.

Starting Your Own Business?

Make your entrepreneurial dream a reality in the Tromsø region. Here is an overview of local and national resources you can utilize to start and operate your own business.

The Border Service (Grensetjenesten)

The Border Service of the Nordic Calotte aims to facilitate cross-border activities for individuals, businesses, organizations, and authorities, actively working to increase mobility across the borders of Finland, Sweden, and Norway. This includes guidance, information, facilitation, and networking, all designed to provide individuals with better conditions for operating on both sides of the borders. We provide information on what you should consider and guide you to the appropriate authorities. Additionally, the Border Service of the Nordic Calotte works towards removing border barriers.

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Guidance regarding termination

If you are laid off, and your employment terminates, you can contact your local NAV (Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration) office. You can reach them at the phone number 55553333. They will provide guidance on your situation, applications, and any benefits you may be eligible for.

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