If you are unemployed, you may be entitled to unemployment benefit. To get unemployment benefit, you must be registered as a job seeker with the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV). You can register as a job seeker and apply for work on the website

Looking for work

If you are unemployed, you can find job advertisements and advice on how to apply for jobs on  On the same website, you can register your CV and information that might be relevant for employers looking for new employees. 

When you have registered yourself as a job seeker with NAV, your need for assistance will be assessed to help you get a job as quickly as possible.  
You can find more information about what to do if you find yourself unemployed on 

Starting your own business?

You can get financial support and advice from Innovation Norway to start your own business.

Unemployment benefit

Unemployment benefit is partly a compensation for lost income. In order to qualify for unemployment benefit, your working hours must have been reduced by at least 50 per cent and you must have had a minimum income. You must also be an active job seeker and live in Norway. 

Citizens from EEA countries who have had a Norwegian employment contract may apply for Norwegian unemployment benefit.

Employment status report

As a job seeker, you must submit an employment status report every 14 days to NAV. The report describes what you have done the past 14 days to find work. The status report can be submitted electronically via


You can find information about your rights as a worker on the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority’s website. 

Financial assistance (social assistance)

If you do not qualify for unemployment benefit, you may apply for financial assistance by contacting your local NAV office. The assistance is intended to secure people an income on a temporary basis, so they may be financially independent. You may also be entitled to housing benefit. 



  • Your Payments - NAV

    Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV)
    Here you can find information about any payments you have received from NAV during the last three months. See also information about payment dates, holiday pay and tax witholding on 
  • Bistand fra NAV for å komme i arbeid

    Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV)

    Her finner du informasjon og søknadsskjema til stønader fra NAV for å komme i arbeid. Det gjelder skjema for dokumentasjon av utgifter til utdanning, egenvurdering av arbeidsevnen, søknad for å beholde dagpenger mens du er skoleelev eller student og innsending av kjøreliste, jobblogg eller annen dokumentasjon i forbindelse med oppfølging fra NAV. 

  • Interest test

    Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV)
    This test is suitable for those who are young and need to reflect on and systematize their interests. The interests are divided into 15 categories. For each category, you can go ahead and find the career that fits. (In Norwegian only)
  • Søknad fra selvstendig næringsdrivende om opptak/endring i forsikring for tillegg til sykepenger

    Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV)

    Dette skjemaet bruker du dersom du er selvstendig næringsdrivende eller frilanser, og vil søke om forsikring for tillegg til sykepenger.

  • Order an exemption card or tax deduction card

    Norwegian Tax Administration
    Your employer will obtain your tax deduction card from the Tax Administration after you have ordered it. This means that you will not receive it by post at your home address. If you earn NOK 55,000 or less during the year, you do not need to pay tax and you can order an exemption card instead
  • Finding a job abroad

    European Commission

    Find job vacancies in Europe. As an EU national you are entitled to look for a job in any other EU country.

  • Find job vacancies in Norway

    Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV)
    Here you will find all publicly advertised vacancies in Norway and all the jobs that employers have registered to (In Norwegian only)
  • Hallo Norden - Nordic cooperation

    Nordic Council of Ministers

    Hallo Norden is the Nordic Council of Ministers' information service for persons moving, working and studiing in the Nordic region. 


    Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) is a guide for job seekers from the Nordic countries, as well as countries within and outside the EU/EEA area, who want to work in Norway. The web site also provides advice for Norwegian employers wishing to recruit foreign workers.
  • Working abroad

    European Commission

    Are you a cross-border commuter? A posted worker? Or do you work seasonally in another EU country? Or are you just planning to go abroad? No matter what, you have the same rights as the nationals of your host country. Check on Your Europe where to start and what your rights are.

  • Commuter guide

    Norwegian Tax Administration
    A commuter is a wage earner that spends the night away from home because of work. If you are a commuter, you might be entitled to tax deductions for your additional expenses for food, accommodation and travel to and from the commuter home.
  • Apply for housing allowance

    Norwegian State Housing Bank
    Housing allowance is a government-financed support scheme for partial coverage of housing expenses for households with low income.
  • Resuming unemployment benefits

    Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV)
    If you received unemployment benefits in the past but have not received them for a while, you can reapply for these benefits by submitting the simplified application form. You may not submit a simplified application if more than 52 weeks have passed since you last received unemployment benefits.
  • Apply unemployment benefits

    Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV)
    In order to become eligible for unemployment benefit, you must first register as a job seeker at NAV. The earliest you can submit your claim for unemployment benefit is one week before the first day on which you become totally or partially unemployed. It is important that you do not submit your application too early, as it may be rejected.
  • Application for tax deduction card for foreign citizens

    Norwegian Tax Administration
    If you are a foreign citizen and do not have a Norwegian national ID number, you must visit a tax office which performs identity checks in order to apply for a tax deduction card (tax notice).