Duty to register with the Register of Business Enterprises

Last updated: 6 November 2017 .

Foreign businesses which are operating business in Norway or on the Norwegian continental shelf are to register in the Register of Business Enterprises.

What is business operations?

Business operations are operations where the intent is to make profit of a certain scope and duration. If your business has a turnover of NOK 50,000 or more within a 12 month period, and the activity is running for more than 90 days, it is regarded as business operations.

Business operations in Norway

A foreign business must be doing business operations in Norway or on the Norwegian continental shelf to have the right to register in The Register of Business Enterprises. There is no exact limit as to when a business is considered to be operating business in Norway.

Questions that can be helpful to ask as to whether your business is operating in Norway or not

  • Does your business have employees in Norway?
  • Does your business enter into contracts in Norway?
  • Does your business have an inventory in Norway?
  • Do your customers have the impression that he/she is dealing with a business in Norway?
  • Are your services carried out in Norway?

The registration in The Register of Business Enterprises does not require that the business has a Norwegian business address.

Examples of businesses which do not have the right to register in The Register of Business Enterprises due to their business operations

  • Businesses that only do capital investments in Norway
  • Businesses that are participants in Norwegian businesses
  • Businesses which operate web shops where the sales are not primarily towards Norwegian customers and the businesses do not have an inventory or employees in Norway
  • Businesses which need an organization number in order to open a Norwegian bank account.