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The Magnus Legal Blog

We share relevant and applicable information related to doing business in Norway. Our lawyers focus on the practical implications for our clients of relevant business legislation, such as how to tender, how to draft and win contracts in Norway, how to establish and operate a Norwegian business and how to comply with the tax regulations.

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Tender for public contracts in Norway

How to tender for public contracts in Norway? The easiest way to find relevant contracts is to monitor online portals where contract notices are published.

Changes in the Companies Act

The Parliament has approved amendments to the Companies Act aimed at streamlining, enhancing efficiency, and alleviating the burden on corporations.

Norwegian Wealth Tax

If not prepared for it, you might experience the Norwegian wealth tax as an unexpected and unpleasant surprise as Norway impose tax on your global net wealth.

HMSREG explained

Many Norwegian contractors and buyers are demanding subcontractors and suppliers to register with HMSREG. What is HMSREG and how do you register?

Norwegian business culture

An understanding of the common Norwegian and of Norwegian business culture, could really help you off to a good start when doing business in Norway.

Register a company in Norway

Here are the main steps on how to register a company in Norway. You can also download our guide to Norwegian compliance, formalities and reporting responsibilities for a detailed description.

The EU's new climate law

The EUs new climate law was adopted on June 24th 2021. Through this new law, the EU is aiming to achieve its goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.

Norwegian National Insurance Scheme

To be entitled to services from The Norwegian National Insurance Scheme you must have a compulsory membership, or be accepted as a voluntary member upon application.

Salary on public holidays in Norway

Employees with monthly salary are entitled to salary on public holidays in Norway even if they are not working. But not all employees have this right.

EU Taxonomy screening criteria

On 21 April, the European Commission approved the first two sets of technical screening criteria. These refer to two of totally six environmental objectives in the Taxonomy.

Taxes in Norway - employee taxation

Individuals working in Norway normally become subject to Norwegian tax from day one. Find the information you need about Norwegian taxes and employee taxation in Norway.

PAYE tax scheme in Norway

PAYE (Pay As You Earn) is a simplified tax scheme for foreign workers in Norway. Most foreign workers fall under this scheme their first year in Norway.

Import to Norway – VAT and customs

You should plan ahead of a potential delivery of goods / import to Norway as there are stringent requirements of documentation from the tax authorities.

Annual wage report in Norway

All employers must provide an annual wage report to each employee or income recipient. Be sure to get your annual wage report sent by 1 February.

Tax rates Norway 2023

The tax percent in Norway depend on the income and it is determined with basic income tax and bracket tax. Here are the tax rates in Norway for 2023.

The Norwegian Transparency Act

The Norwegian Transparency Act requires larger enterprises to monitor and control the impact they have on social conditions.

Doing business in Norway: Company documents

We present an overview of the most important company documents when doing business in Norway, and why these are important to have in place in a limited liability company.

Employee rights in Norway

Foreign employees posted to Norway are subject to certain important parts of the Norwegian working environment Act. Find out how your company can comply with the employee rights in Norway.

Residence permit in Norway

Is it necessary with a residence permit in Norway to start work? Well, it depends on the person’s citizenship, competence, and type/length of work.

Dividend withholding tax in Norway

Should you assess the feasibility of a refund of the dividend withholding tax in Norway. If relevant, we may claim refund or apply for upfront relief on your behalf.

Acquisitions in Norway

Planning for acquisitions in Norway? The temperature in the transaction market is high, and a market for small and medium-sized businesses is developing.

Tax rates Norway 2022

The tax percent in Norway depend on the income and it is determined with basic income tax and bracket tax. Here are the tax rates in Norway for 2022.

Joint and several liability

The joint and several liability applies to salaries, tax deductions and employers' National Insurance contributions in cases where the contractors breach their obligations.

Tax amnesty in Norway

Voluntary correction, known as a tax amnesty, is when you correct or complete information which hasn't previously been submitted or used in assessments, so that the correct tax can be determined.

VAT on e-commerce (VOEC) in Norway

VOEC: Sellers and online marketplaces are liable for VAT on cross-border sales of low value goods to consumers (B2C) in Norway from 1 April 2020.

Opportunities in Norway

Total investments in Norway remain at a solid level which leads to opportunities in Norway for companies in industries as oil and gas, construction and renewable energy.

Foreigners in the Norwegian workplace

Here are the key factors to successful integration of foreign workers in the Norwegian workplace. Learn from one of Magnus Legal's partners, Relocation.

Business in Norway: Tax audit

The Norwegian tax office frequently conducts tax audits. Here is an overview of your rights and obligations if you become subject to a tax audit.

Brexit National Insurance

Coordination of the social and security membership between Norway and UK is one of many areas that needs clarifications.

Brexit – Seconded employees

Seconded employees, employed by a non-Norwegian company, will need a residence permit to take on assignments in Norway.