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Norway

Business support

Updated 11/2012

Help for businesses

Private organisations

Research and Knowledge Parks in Norway is a national innovation network for the development of good business ideas and unique research-based findings for a sustainable economy.

The Association of Innovation Companies in Norway (FIN) coordinates and creates contact networks between educational institutions and research centres to manage the use of scientific knowledge in new companies.

Every municipality will generally have a business development office. Contact the relevant municipality for information on this.

Public organisations

Innovation Norway is a global organisation. As well as being represented in every county in Norway, it has offices in more than thirty countries. Innovation Norway has a network of helpers all over the country with whom they cooperate in start-up training and programmes aimed at business founders and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Altinn/Start and run a business, www.altinn.no, tel. +47 800 33 840, is a toll-free national information service for people establishing and running a business. The aim of the service is to make it easier to launch and run businesses in Norway.

The Brønnøysund Register Centre is an administrative body responsible for national control and registration schemes for business. Its main aim is to contribute to increased financial security both for business and for society in general. You can register various enterprises and associations here.

The Norwegian Tax Administration has information for enterprises on tax, VAT and employers' contributions. The Norwegian Tax Administration has its own web site, Taxnorway.no, which deals with tax and working in Norway for foreign employees, employers and economic operators, and Norwegian employers with foreign employees.

The main task of the Norwegian Industrial Property Office is to process applications for patents, trade marks and registered designs. The Norwegian Industrial Property Office databases contain publicly accessible details of Norwegian applications and rights in design, patent and trade mark registers.

Private and public web portals

You can find more information on business support at Etablerer.no.         

Regelhjelp.no is intended to make it easier for businesses to find their way among the rules in various areas: working environment, fire and explosion protection, electrical safety, pollution control, industrial protection, internal control, food safety, environmental health, plant health, catering, products and consumer services.

Access to finance is crucial for setting up and running a business.

Help & advice

Help & advice

E-mail a business organisation near you

The EU runs a network (Enterprise Europe Network) of local business organisations in most European countries that may be able to help you.

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