Norway has long been a highly desirable contracting destination, on account of such factors as its highly developed and stable economy, a strong social security system and some of the highest standards of living in the world.
However, there are also certain complexities about life as a contractor in this part of the world for which you may need to turn to our contracting advisors in Norway for assistance and guidance.
Will you need a visa to work in Norway?
If you are a national of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA), you will be able to work in Norway without having to seek a visa. You will probably require a visa, however, if you are a national of a non-EEA country.
An EEA national with a valid identity card or passport is able to legally reside and work in the country without a visa for three months, and is only required to register in Norway if they intend to work and stay there for more than three months.
An exemption also applies for six months for skilled workers. As for if you are an expat from outside the EEA, the exact process that you will have to go through will depend on the kind of work that you wish to do.
What tax system can you expect?
If you choose to become a regular employee of an employment solutions provider – which operates much like an umbrella company would in the UK, being a fully registered and compliant Norwegian business – you can expect your taxes to be deducted at source via the service provider’s payroll.
Indeed, if you are familiar with the UK tax system, its Norwegian counterpart is similarly structured, but with different rates. The combined municipal and state taxes, for instance, can be regarded as equivalent to Pay As You Earn (PAYE) income tax, while other social security taxes levied in the country are essentially the Norwegian version of National Insurance Contributions (NICs).
However, even for contractors from the UK, the Norwegian tax system can be tricky to get to grips with, not least given the very dated and complicated nature of the tax treaties between Norway and the UK.
We can tell you the ‘lie of the land’
Whichever country you are coming from when you are looking to contract in Norway, it’s well worth engaging the services of our contracting advisors in Norway here at Link Global Management, so that you don’t put a single foot wrong during your time in the country.
We can put your mind at rest when you are seeking to minimize your tax liabilities as a contractor in Norway, while remaining fully compliant with the law.
Simply enquire to our team today, and we’ll help you to immediately start making the most of your life contracting in this highly socially and financially rewarding corner of Scandinavia.