Starting a Norwegian branch of a foreign company (NUF)
Foreign companies which require a Norwegian organisation number can register a branch in Norway (Norwegian-registered foreign company/NUF). If you are unsure whether a NUF is the right form of incorporation for you, read about the other options under 'Choosing form of incorporation'.
Registering a Norwegian-registered foreign company (NUF)
- Register the Norwegian branch of the foreign company by completing and signing 'Paper form for Norwegian-registered foreign company (NUF)'. (NUFs cannot be registered electronically)
- Enclose the certificate of registration from the official registration authority in the home country and other obligatory enclosures.
- Anyone who is to perform a role in an NUF who does not already have a Norwegian national ID number or d-number must also complete an application for a d-number.
- Send the forms and enclosures (all enclosures must generally be in Norwegian, but Swedish, Danish and English will also be accepted) to the postal address printed on the form.
You will be notified once the registration process is complete.
If you are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country, and are planning to run a business in Norway, you need to have a residence permit that will allow you to work here. You can find information about the terms and requirements for resident permit on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's (UDI) website.
Naming a Norwegian-registered foreign company (NUF)
NUFs can have a separate name/business name in Norway or they can use the same name/business name as in their home country.
Duty and right to register
All foreign companies which carry on commercial activity in Norway are obliged to register in the Register of Business Enterprises. Foreign enterprises that do not operate in Norway have a right to register in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities if they require a Norwegian organisation number.
How long does it take?
The Brønnøysund Register Centre's case processing times vary during the year.
How much does it cost?
Registering an NUF in the Register of Business Enterprises costs NOK 2,832, while registering in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities is free.
Upon registration, the branch (NUF) will be assigned an organisation number.