Bjørn Godal, Salten Friluftsråd

Live and work in Northern Norway

Let us take you north of the Arctic Circle.

24. september 2019


Do you dream of making a change? Of going someplace new? To try something completely different? If so, we believe we are the perfect opportunity for you. We have hospitals, community services and nursing homes, and we support training and development. With us, you can spend your time with cheerful colleagues on the go, and have plenty of time to spend with friends and family. Our spectacular nature and many cultural facilities offer you endless opportunities to enjoy your spear time. And best of all – everything is close.

Moving to Norway? Here is what you need to know


A grasp of the Norwegian language is required. Basic English is also preferred. Here is a link to a free program for language training:

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Authorisation for health personell

All health personnel must be authorised by the Norwegian Directorate for Health. Please see their website for information on how to apply.

Authorisation and License for Health Personnel

Residence permit

To work in Norway, you need a residence permit from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration

You will need to go to the local tax office to be issued with a standard personal ID-number. You will then receive a tax deduction card.

If you plan on bringing your car, please see the website of the Norwegian Customs and Excise.

Opening a bank account in Norway

All you need to open an account, is to bring your passport and your personal ID-number to a local bank office.

Social security in Norway

Your employer will register you with the National Insurance Service. If you are entitled to child benefits (if you have children under the age of 18), you need to apply for this at your local NAV office. For jobs working with children and mentally disabled persons, you will need a police certificate when required. You must also submit documentation showing that you have received all necessary vaccinations. For more information, go and check out this website:

New in Norway

Work conditions in Norway

In Norway we have predictable and regulated working hours, 37.5 – 40 hours a week. We have annual pay revisions, regulated salaries and we consider our hospitals and other health services to be competitive on pay.

There are provisions for paid sick leave if you become ill yourself, and also if your young children are ill.  We have 54 weeks maternity/paternity paid leave, of which 14 weeks are for the father only.

Working relationships in Norway are not overly hierarchic, and profession does not dictate the choice of leaders. We are informal and usually address each other on first name terms, even when talking to the boss.  Women expect the same respect as men, and we promote working together in multidisciplinary teams.  We do not always communicate in a direct way, and what at first may sound like a request may actually be an order.