Start a business
Important sources of information for freelancers, startups and entrepreneurs wanting to establish themselves in the Oslo region.
The City of Oslo’s policies for businesses and startups
Oslo welcomes entrepreneurs and businesses across many sectors. The vision is to make Oslo a greener, warmer and more creative city with room for everybody. Below you'll find Important sources of information if you are starting and building your company in Oslo.
Starting and scaling a company in Oslo
Oslo's startup ecosystem has been growing rapidly in the past 10 years and has experienced accelerated growth and investment activity across several sectors, particularly healthcare and life sciences, edtech, fintech, mobility, and cleantech. Following are resources to hit the ground running to establish and grow your company in Oslo.
The startup community (gründermiljøet)
Oslo's vibrant entrepreneurial community is international, and English is commonly used as a work language. To help navigate in Oslo's startup and innovation ecosystem, visit Oslo Business Region which bridges industries, companies, cities, and people. Get the latest news, attend industry and networking events, connect with industry hubs, incubators and accelerators, find co-working spaces, track investment activity, launch pilot projects, and seek guidance for scaling your business. Be sure to check out Oslo Innovation Week, the annual event that brings sustainable business solutions to UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here, you can jump into the heart of Nordic innovation and connect directly with entrepreneurs, founders, investors, and corporates.
Public information sources
Altinn is web portal facilitating digital dialogue between businesses, private individuals and public agencies. The website offers useful information and guides for establishing and operating a company in Norway.
Log in at Altinn and go to "Start and run a business"
Use this website to register a new company or branch office. Check out the database of registered companies.
Innovation Norway (Innovasjon Norge)
This governmental organization stimulates innovation and development through funding and expertise for new and growing businesses and commercialization of new products.
Invest in Norway
Innovation Norway runs an information website for foreign companies wanting to establish their business in Norway.
Innovation Norway runs a web portal with a database of Norwegian exporters and general information about living, working and studying in Norway.
Oslo Business Region (OBR)
Funded by the City of Oslo, Oslo Business Region helps entrepreneurs, investors and startups navigate the startup and innovation ecosystem.
Oslopolitan is a comprehensive online directory of tools and resources for internationals interested in living, studying, working, and investing in Oslo. Run by Oslo Region Alliance, Oslopolitan provides an overview of the greater Oslo region comprised of the capital and over 60 surrounding cities and towns. It includes links to career websites, recruiters, and relocation services.
The Tax Administration (Skatteetaten)
Find current tax rules, information and courses for businesses at Skattetaten, the Norwegian tax administration.
Work in Norway – the official guide
Want to dig into the nuts and bolts for working and doing business in Norway?
Other public sources of information
- The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority (Arbeidstilsynet)
- Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet)
- Licence to serve food and alcohol at oslo.kommune.no
- Norwegian Industrial Property Office (Patentstyret)
- Norwegian Customs’ corporate pages
- Articles about starting and running a business in Norway at Nordic Cooperation
- Oslo Region alliance (Osloregionen) (in Norwegian)
- Oslo Region European Office
Courses for new business
Inclusion and diversity in business
There are several networks and organizations working toward greater inclusion and diversity in Norwegian companies.
A volunteer-driven platform to accelerate and amplify the progress of diversity and inclusion in Norway and the Nordics.
Norwegian center for multicultural value creation (NSFV)
A startup and knowledge center for multicultural entrepreneurship, supporting highly qualified immigrants in starting and running businesses.
A program developed by NSVF, focusing on highly educated migrants that want to start their own businesses.
A 6-month mentorship program for multicultural students.
Oslo International hub
An startup incubator and welcome center for internationals.
An advocate on topics related to migration and entrepreunership.
- Norway in the Human Development Report by The United Nations Development Programme
- Statistics by Oslobusinessregion.no, including the yearly report “Oslo: State of the city”