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)

  1. 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)

    Coordinated register notification Section 1 – Form for Norwegian registered foreign business entreprise (NUF)

  2. Enclose the certificate of registration from the official registration authority in the home country and other obligatory enclosures.

    The Brønnøysund Register Centre on registering an NUF (in Norwegian only)

  3. 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.

    Application for a d-number

  4. 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.

Foreign Citizen

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.

Directorate of Immigration - apply for a residence permit

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.

The Brønnøysund Register Centre on the duty for NUF to register with the Register of Business Enterprises (in Norwegian only)

How long does it take?

The Brønnøysund Register Centre's case processing times vary during the year.

The Brønnøysund Register Centre – expected processing time (in Norwegian only)

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.

The Brønnøysund Register Centre on the duty for NUF to register with the Register of Business Enterprises (in Norwegian only)

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