Ease of Doing Business in


Norway Download Profile (1805KB, pdf)
Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 5,195,921
GNI Per Capita (US$) 93,820
City covered Oslo



DB 2017 Rank



DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 6 8 up
82.82 82.30 down
Starting a Business 21 18 down
94.30 94.29 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 43 40 down
75.52 75.51 up
Getting Electricity 12 18 up
90.58 87.46 up
Registering Property 14 14
87.26 87.26
Getting Credit 75 70 down
55.00 55.00
Protecting Minority Investors 9 7 down
75.00 75.00
Paying Taxes 26 28 up
85.53 85.52 up
Trading across Borders 22 22
96.97 96.97
Enforcing Contracts 4 6 up
78.99 77.14 up
Resolving Insolvency 6 5 down
89.06 88.83 up

Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB 2017 Rank: 21

DB 2016 Rank: 18

Change in Rank: down3

DB 2017 DTF (% points): 94.30

DB 2016 DTF (% points): 94.29

Change in DTF (% points): up0.01

Indicator Norway OECD high income
Procedure – Men (number) info_outline 4.0 4.8
Time – Men (days) info_outline 4.0 8.3
Cost – Men (% of income per capita) info_outline 0.9 3.1
Procedure – Women (number) info_outline 4.0 4.8
Time – Women (days) info_outline 4.0 8.3
Cost – Women (% of income per capita) info_outline 0.9 3.1
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita) info_outline 4.7 9.2
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

Deposit start-up capital in a bank

Agency: Bank

The partners need to deposit the paid-in minimum capital (at least NOK 30,000) in a bank. The procedure is done electronically through the bank’s online platform. One of the commonly used banks by private persons and business owners is DNB ASA. It’s website is www.dnb.no. The account is blocked until the company has been registered.
Less than one day (online procedure) no charge

Register with the Register of Business Enterprises and file for VAT registration

Agency: Register of Business Enterprises

The web-based filing system allows for electronic signature of the registration form and for the possibility to upload all attachments (i.e., copies of signed versions of the memorandum, auditor statements, and the rest) electronically.

It is still possible to file all documents manually by regular mail as well. In some cases registration inquiries cannot be filed online (i.e., mergers, some cases of increase of share capital, and so on) and must be filed by mail.

VAT registration is required when the company’s turnover has exceeded NOK 50,000. VAT cannot be charged on goods and other items before VAT registration is completed. However, in certain cases the company may register for VAT before starting business operations. The VAT registration form can be submitted at the same time as filing for company registration.
Less than one day (online procedure) NOK 5570 (electronically) / NOK 6797 (on paper)

Arrange for mandatory occupational pension plan for employees

Agency: Pension Agency

The employer must arrange for a mandatory occupational pension plan for his or her employees. The fees vary with the benefits and level of coverage in the pension plan. The minimum requirement is 2% of each employee’s salary (within average levels of salaries). Pension scheme must be established within 6 months of the date on which the obligation to have an occupational pension scheme arose.
3 days no charge
* 4

The employer enrolls in the mandatory workers’ injury insurance

Agency: Social Security Office

The employer must have a workers' injury insurance for the employees. The insurance company is chosen by the employer.
The insurance must provide coverage for work-related injuries, regardless of whether the injury is anybody's fault. The insurance must cover injury and illness caused by accidents at work, illness covered by the same benefits as occupational injury pursuant to the National Insurance Act, and other injury and illness caused by exposure to harmful substances or work processes.
1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge

* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.