How to register a foreign business

Last updated: 6 March 2018 .

You register a foreign business by submitting the form coordinated register notification – form for Norwegian registered foreign business.

It is not possible to use the electronic form in Altinn, if you are registering a new foreign business. The electronic form can only be used for changes or striking off already existing businesses in the register.

New registration – necessary attachments

If the Norwegian registered foreign business is conducting business in Norway, the business is obliged to register in The Register of Business Enterprises. You will find more information about register requirements on your right hand side, under Useful links.

 

New registration in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities – attachment requirements

New registration – necessary attachments

  • Recent proof of registration from the foreign business register in country of origin. As a general rule the document must not be older than three months.

If the entity in Norway has elected a board, you need to enclose

  • Records from a corporate body in the enterprise which is authorized to elect a board for the business in Norway.

Please remember to enclose declarations of acceptance for the ones who hold a position in the entity

If the entity in Norway is going to have an accountant, auditor and/or a Norwegian representative, they have to confirm the fact that they have taken on the assignment. It is possible to confirm this by signing the coordinated register notification or make separate declarations of acceptance which are signed and enclosed with the form. The declarations must have original signatures.

If you notify that you are going to have a Norwegian representative, you need to have a separate declaration of acceptance.

The business in country of origin confirms that the representative has been appointed as the Norwegian representative on a separate attachment. Please remember declaration of acceptance as described in the previous section. You have to register a contact person if the Norwegian representative is a legal entity.

If you notify that you are going to have a contact person, you need to have a separate declaration of acceptance.

The business in the country of origin has to confirm the connection between the contact person and the business in the country of origin on a separate attachment.

If a business enterprise has been notified as the Norwegian representative and the contact person is employed by the representative, the representative may confirm the connection between the contact person and the business in the country of origin.

New registration in the Register of Business Enterprises – attachment requirements

Documents you always need to enclose when you register a Norwegian registered foreign business are:

  • Recent proof of registration from the foreign business register in country of origin. As a general rule the document must not be older than three months.
  • Memorandum of association and articles of association for the foreign business in country of origin
  • Records from a corporate body in the foreign business in country of origin showing a decision to form a business in Norway

If the foreign business in Norway has an elected board, you need to enclose:

  • Records from a corporate body in the foreign business in country of origin which is authorized to elect a board for the foreign business in Norway

Please remember to enclose declarations of acceptance for the ones who hold a position in the entity

If the Norwegian foreign business is to have a board, accountant, auditor and/or Norwegian representative, they have to confirm the fact that they have taken on the assignment. It is possible to confirm this by signing the coordinated register notification or make separate declarations of acceptance which are signed and enclosed with the form. The declarations must have original signatures.

If you notify that you are going to have a Norwegian representative, you need to have a separate declaration of acceptance.

The foreign business in country of origin confirms that the representative has been appointed as the Norwegian representative on a separate attachment . Please remember declaration of acceptance, as described in the previous section. You have to register a contact person if the Norwegian representative is a legal entity.

If you notify that you are going to have a contact person, you need to have a separate declaration of acceptance.

The business in the country of origin has to confirm the connection between the contact person and the business in the country of origin on a separate attachment.

If a business enterprise has been notified as the Norwegian representative and the contact person is employed by the representative, the representative may confirm the connection between the contact person and the business in the country of origin.

If your general manager signs the coordinated register notification, you need to enclose:

  • Documentation which shows the fact that the general manager has been appointed/engaged

If the coordinated register notification is signed by a person who is authorized to sign, you need to enclose

  • Records showing that the person in question is authorized to sign on behalf of the foreign business in country of origin.

The signature requirements are different depending on whether you are registering your entity in The Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities only or the Register of Business Enterprises.

Signatures on the coordinated register notification when registering in the Central Coordinating Register of Legal Entities

The form can be signed by the contact person that is notified or the general manager. If a natural person is notified as Norwegian representative of foreign entity or business manager, he/she may sign the form.

Signatures on the coordinated register notification when registering in the Register of Business Enterprises

The form can be signed by the Norwegian board. If they do not have a board, the general manager can sign. If the business does not have a Norwegian board or a general manager, the form must be signed by persons who are authorized to sign for the business.