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Inbound employees


Welcome as an employee at UiT! 

These pages aim to give practical information to facilitate the entering to Norway from abroad to start working at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

At Travel to Norway you find up to date information on the Norwegian government's restrictions to the rights of citizens who are not registered in Norway to enter Norway. Once the limits set to prevent the risk of imported Covid-19 infections are altered, we wish you a safe journey and good stay!

Regulations as of April 14 2021 open up for the entry of foreign staff to Norway "-who are strictly necessary to prevent imminent stop in project or business. That is, labor necessary to prevent temporary or permanent termination of employment, cessation of production, loss or breach of contract, bankruptcy or liquidation of the enterprise or projects." The employer is to apply to Sjøfartsdirektoratet. Please remark that a decision once made on an exemption from the entry restrictions, requires that the employed has to enter Norway within 14 days from the date of the decision.

Contact
If you have any questions, please contact us via:
e-mail: mobility@uit.no
or phone: +47 77 62 31 91

More information about UiT.
 
At UDI's application portal, you register an account, and apply for visa, work- and stay-permits in Norway.
At Rules upon entry into Norway you find the most recent and accurate information about what you need to document to enter Norway once possible- work- and residence permit, work contract, a confirmed registration form which shows the address where you will stay the required quarantine period, a negative Covid-19 test taken the last 24 hours, the entry visa if required etc.
At the appointment with the police, your permits and your right to a Norwegian ID are confirmed and implemented. You need to go through this process again when renewing your permit. Due to the Corona regulations there are long waiting lists to obtain an appointment, and UDI now allows that newly employees from abroad may start to work and receive wages before having been at the police station.

Please inform the heads of the department you are working at immediately when you have received your Norwegian ID or D-number. This information is essential for the registration of your work and wages in the UiT systems.

As a start for information about Norway, many are amused by reading the blog A Frog in the Fjord – A Blog on love, winter, food, and mainly about Norwegian people. More accurate information you will find at EURAXESS Norway |Under “Information and assistance” you will for instance find the language course developed at NTNU NoW Guide - NTNU



The Norwegian Directorate of Norwegian Immigration (UDI) presents the procedures you need to take to obtain a residence- and work permit. The rules vary, depending on your citizenship. For all applications, please be accurate when registering your address, and include the "matrikkelnummer" H0x0x. The organization number of UiT is 970422528

Citizens of Nordic countries do not need to register with the police, and may reside six months in Norway. However, to work at UiT you need to have a Norwegian ID or D-number. Please register in the UDI web, go to the local tax office to apply for a Norwegian ID, tax deduction card and report your postal address in Norway.

* EU/EEA citizens register their arrival to Norway in the UDI-portal.

In the UDI-portal  you book an appointment with the police during the registration process.The police office will not give you an appointment by phone before you have completed your quarantine period. You need to register at the police within 3 months after having arrived to Norway. You may start to work, but may not open a Norwegian bank account or get a tax deduction card before you have obtained a Norwegian ID at the Tax office. When having achieved your ID, please communicate it to UiT, and then you apply for a Tax card at the same Tax office. This also regards family members of an EU/EEA national. 

* For non-EU/EEA citizens:

Commencing the application process, you are given two options who is to deliver the documents, you or your employer. If you choose that you yourself are to deliver the documents, you will be directed to the nearest Norwegian embassy working with consular cases, which again often will direct you to a VFS Global office. The procedure is that you deliver the documents to the VFS office, which sends them to the Norwegian embassy, which in turn sends them to UDI in Norway. For applicants from visa-required countries, the UDI will send a message to the nearest embassy to issue a entry visa for you.

The Power of attorney form entitles a person at UiT to enter your application. Most often this will be the Head of Administration at the department where you will work.

There are two options where to verify the documents when in Norway, at the police district which covers the municipality that you state that you will live in, or a Service Centre for Foreign workers (SUA). By choosing SUA Oslo, you will be offered a digital solution for uploading documents, and your case is sent to UDI after a few days. You fill out the form found at https://www.sua.no/en/, under Oslo at https://www.sua.no/booking/, and send it in to the stated address oslo.fuf.sua@politiet.no. You further read that within 1-2 days you will receive an automatic mail with a DUF number. Using that, you will be able to upload documents to the given link in the document. We see that by choosing the alternative to verify them at a police station in Troms, you need to wait several weeks for the appointment with the police. Digital solutions are however also developed at the police stations.

The documents “Cover letter” and “Power of Attorney” automatically come attached to the receipt mail you receive when you have paid the fee. UDI for security reasons is not allowed to send decision letters to the applicants by e-mail but may send the decisions to the person named in the power of attorney document. The person with attorney is then legally obliged to further the decision letter to the applicant.

The processing time at UDI may take some weeks. However skilled workers are prioritized. 

When receiving the decision from UDI, please send a copy to UiT, and the process with the work contract should then be organized for you. When you know the date of when you will be arriving to Tromsø, please book an appointment with the police in Tromsø, to verify your identity to obtain a residence card start and obtain a Norwegian ID. You do not have to travel to SUA Oslo for an ID check to obtain a residence card including verifying your original documents. Please write a mail to utlending.troms@politiet.no and ask for an appointment at the police station. You will not be able to book an appointment at the police station in Tromsø by the application portal of UDI, because your application is connected to SUA Oslo.

In the mail, please write your DUF number, the date when you arrive, and the date for when you are finished with your quarantine.

The foreign department at the police station in Tromsø will give you an appointment at the police station nearest to the campus where you will be working.

Then you go to the tax office to require your tax card.

Links:

What is SUA https://www.sua.no/en/

Waiting time Police and SUA offices: https://www.politiet.no/en/services/residence-permits-and-protection/waiting-time/family-immigration-with-citizen-of-a-country-outside-the-EU-EEA/After the appointment with the police, there are another, maximum, 3 weeks' waiting for receiving the Norwegian ID after the appointment with the police for citizens from outside EU/EEA, and up to 8 weeks' waiting for citizens from the EU/EEA area.

D-number versus Norwegian ID

If you will stay in Norway for less than six months or have applied for protection (asylum) in Norway, you will be given a D-number, which is a temporary ID number. Everyone who is born in Norway, or lives permanently or for a longer period than six months in Norway, has a national identity number. This is an identification number of 11 digits, comprising the date of birth and a personal number.The DUF number is not the same as d number. The DUF number is your registration number in the UDI.

You use your Norwegian ID number, or when D-number apply, and your passport to identify yourself to public authorities and services, and for opening a Norwegian bank account.

Please inform the heads of the department you are working at immediately when you have received your Norwegian ID or D-number. This information is essential for the registration of your work and wages in the UiT systems.

The police also inform you at the appointment that you may be called in for a test for tuberculosis. The police ask for your permission to use your e-mail address, so they can pass it on to the health authorities. The health authorities then will contact you by mail. The alternative is to receive a letter by ordinary mail.

USEFUL LINKS:

 



ACCOMMODATION

There are no lodgings at UiT for quarantine accommodation. Please contact the department where you are employed. They will book a qualified hotel room on your behalf. The final decision about quarantine hotel is taken when you cross the border to Norway, in most cases at Gardemoen.

Please start your search for housing as soon as your plan for a research stay at UIT has become definite. 

You should be aware of that rental prices are high.Please click at the link estimating Costs of living in Troms 

In the following, you will find some links where to search.

There is little possibility for Housing via UiT. At the current situation, the opportunities are on hold for those who have waited to enter Norway for a long time, and it is advised to search for other accommodation.  Please observe that a rent is also charged at this accomodation.

The following links for Rental/buying/announcements for housing may be in Norwegian. Not knowing Norwegian, some use translation programs, or ask for help at the entity you are to work at.
https://uit.no/tavla/markedsplassen Choose "Utleie", Rental in Norwegian

www.finn.no Choose "Eiendom", and then "Bolig til leie"
www.hybel.no Choose "Finn bolig"

Rubrikk.no

https://nb-no.facebook.com/groups/til.leie/

www.sabbaticalhomes.com In English

New in Norway has more information and tips regarding accommodation. 

Moving
Please confer with the department where you will be working for the regulations for reimbursement of travel expenses and shipment of belongings. Here you find some tips when planning to move your belongings (EURAXESS.no)

Housing loan 

In general, all persons who are to buy a lodging need to study and negotiate offers at different banks. Being a member of a trade union will imply that they negotiate a benificial interest rent for all members, which is lower than the one in general offered to the public. Additionally, as an employee at UiT, you have the opportunity to apply for a housing loan from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (SPK)

Compensation of relocation expenses

The compensation of your expenses when moving to Norway is up to the receiving entity, that is the project or department employing you. Legislation in Norwegian
 
UiT - HR-Portal (you must be logged on to read this information) 



When researchers arrive together with their spouse, partner, and family, there may be an interest in that the other person also may find who a job, or gain admission to higher education. UiT has not yet developed a regular service for Dual Career, but, in the following you will find some information. And, if you need help, please write to mobility@uit.no

Bringing your partner 

In general, you will find that the level of speaking/understanding English is rather high in the population, which makes it possible to integrate socially. On the other hand, if your partner wants to work, you will find that in most jobs there is a requirement to speak Norwegian. As living costs are high in Norway, the financial situation is better if you look for how to obtain that the partner also may gain an income during your stay.

You may start loooking for jobs at EURAXESS Norway, Work in Norway - NAV , or in Norwegian at FINN.no - mulighetenes marked

The courses in Norwegian at UiT are for foreign staff and students, but there are courses for all at Folkeuniversitetet, and for instance at internet Norwegian on the Web 

Bringing your family

Some also bring their children, or plan to have a child while in Norway. 

Rights to parental benefits in Norway

Other links about health care related to family in Norway:

Membership of the National Insurance Scheme

Healthcare rights for children and adolescents in Norway

Who pays your dental bill?

Other information about NAV’s services and benefits. 

UiT - HR Portal (you must be logged on to get this information

Schools and kindergartens


Other Internet sites for job seekers: 

Job ads: 

Education: 



In case of needing a doctor, foreigners without a connection to a medical center may call Tromsø Legevakt, 116117 
  
In case of emergency, call 113 ( for police 110, and in case of fire 112) 
 
To get registered with a Norwegian doctor, you may use pin codes from the bank.

If you require urgent medical assistance, the emergency department at the University Hospital of Northern Norway is the best option.

Tromsø: Contact details for “Legevakten” in Tromsø: 116 117, Sykehusveien 30. For medical emergencies and life-threatening illnesses, call 113.

Harstad: Contact details for “Legevakt Harstad": 116 117, St. Olavs gate 70, 9406 Harstad. For medical emergencies and life-threatening illnesses, call 113.

Alta: Contact details for “Legevakt i Alta": 116 117, Dr. Kvammes vei 21, 9510 Alta. For medical emergencies and life-threatening illnesses, call 113.

Narvik: Contact details for “Legevakt i Narvik": 116 117, Sykehusveien 1, 8516 Narvik. For medical emergencies and life-threatening illnesses, call 113.

There are several pharmacies located around all Norwegian city centers and the shopping centers.



 

At Rules upon entry into Norway you find the most recent and accurate information about what you need to document to enter Norway.

At the moment, all persons who enter Norway are obliged to sit their quarantine period in the municipality in which they arrive. The Oslo airport Gardermoen is in Ullensaker municipality, and they are responsible for delegating the quarantine lodgings. Please contact the department where you are employed as for the Self-declaration form. There are no lodgings at UiT for quarantine accommodation. 

In the case that you have to pay for the quarantine stay, please take care of the invoice documenting the expenses for accommodation, and UiT will reimburse these costs. 

For more information, please read Corona virus disease- advice and information 

 





All citizens apply for a tax deduction card at the tax office "Skatteetaten". Citizens from the EU/EEA area and the Nordic countries apply for the Norwegian ID there as well, while the police processes the allowance for a Norwegian ID for citizens from outside the EU/EEA area. Please find more elaborate information by clicking the box "Immigration - residence- and work permit/visa, id-number"

  • You apply for a tax deduction card at the Tax Administration as soon as possible. You book an appointment online (drop-in is not possible during Covid 19-regulations).
  • General information from the Norwegian Tax Administration, https://www.skatteetaten.no/en/person/ Your national identity number or D number will appear on your tax deduction card.
  • At the post office you fill in the form  “Permanent change of address for private individuals” to register your postal address.
  • To open a bank account you need a Norwegian ID-number and an address in Norway. Some banks also accept a D-number. Please see more information below.
  • The department you work at decides whether your travel expenses before commencing your post may be covered. Link to information and form

Please inform the heads of the department you are working at immediately when you have received your Norwegian ID or D-number. This information is essential for the registration of your work and wages in the UiT systems.

Tax deduction card.

If you receive wages from a Norwegian employer you are obliged to pay tax on your earnings in Norway. Norwegian employers are required to have a tax deduction card for each employee in order to withhold tax from wages. As a general rule, you are responsible for procuring your own tax deduction card. If you have not yet obtained one, your employer is required to withhold 50 per cent of your wages.

To obtain a tax deduction card, book appointments online and visit a Norwegian Tax Administration Office; in Tromsø: Hjalmar Johansens gate 21, in Alta: Markveien 38b, in Narvik: two Kongensgate 14/16 and 52.

Produce the following:

1. Valid identification

2. Employment contract or written confirmation of work assignment in Norway

3. Submit an application for a tax deduction card using form RF-1209

4. If you come from a country outside the EU/EEA area, you must also provide documentation stating that you have the right to work and reside in Norway

OBS:
For persons obtaining a  Norwegian ID-number, the tax deduction card will be automatically renewed every year.

For persons with a D-number, it is necessary to apply for a renewed tax deduction card every year. This should be done in December, so that the tax deduction card is processed in time for the next calendar year. As long as the D-number is registered in the system, there is no need to apply in person. The form RF-1209 can be sent via post.

You can book an appointment online, or drop-in.

General information from the Norwegian Tax Administration.

 

Postal address

At the post office, ask for the form “Permanent change of address for private individuals” to register your postal address. Make sure that you have Post box with your name clearly stated.

https://www.posten.no/sok/_/attachment/inline/9fae26a2-ccd4-4676-9289-4edf29f6ad70:3d78817efdab93347f204e99c836b5151e3a331f/Form%20%E2%80%93%20Permanent%20change%20of%20address.pdf

 

Opening a bank account 

To open a bank account you need a Norwegian ID-number and an address in Norway. Some banks also accept a D-number. Usually you will have to apply for an ID-number or D-number at the Norwegian Tax Administration. 
You will have to show up in person to sign the account agreement. Bring your passport, a passport photo and your Norwegian ID-/D-number. For some countries additional documentation may be required.

For UiT employees (located in Tromsø), we have an agreement with SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge, that allows you to exchange your salary cheque for a Visa business prepaid card that can be used until you get your Norwegian bank account. 

There are a number of banks to choose from. Banks have different policies and the conditions for opening an account, and the cost, vary.

Banks with comprehensive, nationwide services: 
DnB NOR
Danske Bank 
Nordea

Other banks:
Sparebank1 - local savings bank 
Skandiabanken - offers online services only (Norwegian) 

Useful links:

Norwegian Tax Administration 
Tax Norway 
Work in Norway
General tax concentions between Norway and other states
Nordisk eTax - Nordic taxation portal, especially relevant to Citizens of the Nordic countries.
The Police



 

Norwegian health policy aims to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their personal finances and where they live, has access to good health and care services of equal standard.
Health care services are financed by the government, through the National Health Insurance Scheme and with patient's charges.

As a general rule, anyone working, or residing more than 12 months in Norway is entitled to health care under the National Insurance Scheme.

Stays up to 90 days

Nationals of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland are legally entitled to coverage for necessary medical assistance under the European Health Insurance Card scheme, and pay patient charges according to the same rules as Norwegian nationals. Citizens of non-EU/EEA coutries should have a travel Insurance that covers Medical care.

Stays of 3-12 months

If you are an employee of a Norwegian institution during the period, or an adjunct professor who will be staying in Norway for one or more shorter periods during a year, you are entitled to full health care coverage in Norway.

Coverage for individuals employed by a foreign company who are planning a research stay at a Norwegian host institution is to be provided under the social security scheme of their home country or through an insurance policy. The European Health Insurance Card provides proof of coverage for EU/EEA nationals, while citizens of non-EU/EEA countries must have health insurance.

If you are not under an employment contract (in Norway or abroad) but are providing your own funding, a mobility grant or the like, you will normally not be entitled to health care coverage in Norway. You should therefore ensure that you have health insurance. You may apply for voluntary membership of the National Insurance Scheme, which may require you to pay national insurance contributions in Norway.

Stays over 12 months

You will qualify as a resident if you intend to stay in Norway for over 12 months, or choose to relocate permanently to Norway. Residents with a Norwegian national Identity number are entitled to full health care coverage under Norwegian law.

After you receive your ID number you should receive a letter from NAV with information about your assigned general practitioner ("fastlege" in Norwegian).

You may also apply for a GP by calling Fastlege phoneline on 810 59 500. 

Necessary medical assistance

Individuals with a regular GP (fastlege) in Norway are to contact their doctor first. If you are staying in Norway temporarily and do not have a GP, you can contact the Emergency Clinic if you require medical attention. Call 116117 for an appointment.
For emergencies - dial 113.

Dental services

In Norway, children under the age of 18 are entitled to free dental care from the public dental service. Young people between the ages of 19 and 20 are entitled to have 75 per cent of their dental care covered. Adults over the age of 20 must generally pay for their own dental care. Pursuant to the National Insurance Act, people with certain diseases and conditions may be entitled to subsidized dental care even after the age of 20.
More information is found at helsenorge.no. 

Tuberculosis test

Tuberculosis examination is mandatory for some groups of immigrants to Norway.
Norwegian law requires that all foreign nationals from countries with a high occurrence of tuberculosis, who will be residing in Norway more than three months must be tested within four weeks after arrival.
The testing will be done at the Vaccination Office located in the city centre of Tromsø (Fredrik Langes gate 13, 5th floor, phone 77 79 13 96)

USEFUL LINKS

New in Norway
EURAXESS Norway
Helfo - The Norwegian Health Economics Administration
The Norwegian Directorate of eHealth



The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

All employees in more than 20 % position at UiT are members of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens Pensjonskasse). The membership comprises rights to retirement pension and insurance (accidents, injuries and disability). Group life insurance is included in the salary conditions for employees who are covered by the Government's collective wages agreement. 

The Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration (NAV)

NAV covers expenses for medical assistance, provides old-age pension benefits and other pension-related services as well as parental, sickness and unemployment benefits, among others. Everyone residing in Norway permanently or intending to stay for at least 12 months is considered a resident under the National Insurance Act and is therefore entitled to health care coverage under the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. To be eligible for certain benefits, such as unemployment or parental benefits, you must have worked a specific amount of time in Norway.
Please note that resident status under the National Insurance Act is not necessarily identical to resident status as stipulated in the Taxation Act and that you may not be fully covered under the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme even if you do pay tax in Norway.
There are also contractual schemes providing some kinds of coverage for employees working for a Norwegian employer. Researchers employed at universities, university colleges and a number of independent research institutes are encompassed by the Basic Collective Agreement (Hovedtariffavtalen i Staten), which includes group life and occupational injury Insurance as well as travel Insurance. The state does not ensure its risk through agreements with private insurance companies, but is itself the insurer for its employees. Most Norwegians take out private insurance to cover their homes, possessions, children, pets and their own health.

Private Insurance

Your need for private insurance and various types of coverage will depend on your social security and insurance entitlements in Norway or in your home country. Among other options is that by being member of a trade union, which is highly recommendable in Norway, you have several offers of insurances.

An overview of the different insurances you may consider is found at New in Norway



Information about your working relationship with UiT The Arctic University of Norway, is found in the Employee Handbook and the HSE Manual. This is found in our HR Portal (you must be logged on to the UiT Intranet to access this).

PAGAweb

The UiT uses a website for communication and storage of information for each employee. This information is only available for administrative staff working with employee personal data and for the employee him-/herself. Here you will find your pay slip, your salary class, how much tax you pay etc. This is also where you report sick leaves, apply for vacation, and register travel reimbursement forms. You have access using your UiT username and password; which you will receive as soon as you have your personal ID number, or D number. PAGAweb is found here.

Temporary Guest status

Upon arrival you will be granted a temporary University ID and key card. These will be renewed as soon as you get your personal ID number. 

Orakelet- the IT helpdesk at UiT

Orakelet IT helpdesk is the IT support at UiT. The helpdesk can be reached via email: orakelet@uit.no, phone: 77 64 45 44, or visit them in Tromsø in House 2, on the first floor (next to the MIX kiosk).

Parking

Information about where to park, and how to pay, is found here.

TODOS- Tromsø Doctoral Students

If you are a PhD student at UiT, you are automatically a member for the doctoral student organization TODOS. TODOS arranges both academic and social events during the year. Information about TODOS is found at their homepage and on Facebook.  



 

Some of the legislation regulating Working conditions in Norway

The Working Environment Act ("Arbeidsmiljøloven")
Act relating to working environment, working hours and employment protection, etc. - Ch.10, Sect. 10-4: "Normal working hours must not exceed nine hours per 24 hours and 40 hours per seven days."
The Act relating to Holidays
 ("Ferieloven")-  From Ch. II Sect. 5 i and ii: "Employees have 25 working days' leave in connection with holidays each holiday year." "Employees who reach the age of 60 during a holiday year shall be given 6 working days' extra holiday."
Guide to the Working Environment Act and the Holidays Act (pdf), issued by the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority

Equality and Anti-Discrimination Act ("Likestillings- og diskrimineringsloven", last update 16.01.2020)
Act relating to equality and a prohibition against discrimination.

Basic Agreement for the Civil Service 2006-2008 "Hovedavtalen i staten 2021 in Norwegian
The newer agreements have not been translated into English.

Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service 2006-2008 / Hovedtariffavtalen i staten 2020-2022 in Norwegian. The newer agreements have not been translated into English. 

Report on Labour relations in Norway by Espen Løken, Torgeir Aarvaag Stokke and Kristine Nergaard, Fafo (pdf, 2013)- The Norwegian Model, legal framework, trade unions and collective bargaining, tripartite concertation etc.

Common Words and Terms in Collective Wage Agreement Negotiations and Mediations (pdf)
(from Riksmekleren / the National Mediator)



The public sector in Norway pays for extensive services in the interests of the population, including a public health system under which everyone is entitled to treatment, has a right to education and help in several other areas. The taxes that we pay are spent on public services such as healthcare, hospitals, education and transport and communications, in addition to covering general public expenditure, taxes are designed to contribute to greater equality between individuals.

Information about how you apply for a tax deduction card is found under the heading “Newly arrived”.

Tax return


When you receive your tax return, it is very important that you check that everything is correct. You find guidance here.
The deadline for submitting tax returns is April 30.

When the Tax Administration has processed your tax return, you will learn exactly how much you must pay, or get back (Tax settlement).

You find a lot of information at The Norwegian Tax Administration.

Useful links:


Altinn – the Norwegian public reporting portal
The Norwegian Tax Administration

UiT Campus Tromsø offers a variety of courses in the Norwegian language and literature on basic, intermediate and advanced level.



R&D term / research term

UiT The Arctic University of Norway aims to increase knowledge production in all subject areas. To obtain this goal, the university will facilitate that all academic staff have good conditions for research and development.

Research term (R&D term scheme) is a strategic measure that will contribute to that UiT achieves this goal. All employees in permanent academic positions are entitled, related to set conditions, to one year Research and Development term after four years' service, or a 1/2 year R&D term after two years service.

Employees send an application for an R&D term to the department they are affiliated to by a set form. The department assesses the application (s) and forwards it to the faculty with a recommendation, or in relevant cases to Tromsø Museum or the University Library. The application deadline is decided at the individual faculty / Tromsø Museum / University Library.

See also Department of Research and Development (AFU) website: Research administration and Guidelines for the distribution of R&D terms in the right-hand menu.

Research Funding



 

The Working Environment Act ("Arbeidsmiljøloven")
Act relating to working environment, working hours and employment protection, etc. - Ch.10, Sect. 10-4: "Normal working hours must not exceed nine hours per 24 hours and 40 hours per seven days."
The Act relating to Holidays
 ("Ferieloven")-  From Ch. II Sect. 5 i and ii: "Employees have 25 working days' leave in connection with holidays each holiday year." "Employees who reach the age of 60 during a holiday year shall be given 6 working days' extra holiday."
Guide to the Working Environment Act and the Holidays Act (pdf), issued by the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority

Equality and Anti-Discrimination Act ("Likestillings- og diskrimineringsloven", last update 16.01.2020)
Act relating to equality and a prohibition against discrimination.

Basic Agreement for the Civil Service 2006-2008 "Hovedavtalen i staten 2021 in Norwegian
The newer agreements have not been translated into English.

Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service 2006-2008 / Hovedtariffavtalen i staten 2020-2022 in Norwegian. The newer agreements have not been translated into English. 

Report on Labour relations in Norway by Espen Løken, Torgeir Aarvaag Stokke and Kristine Nergaard, Fafo (pdf, 2013)- The Norwegian Model, legal framework, trade unions and collective bargaining, tripartite concertation etc.

Common Words and Terms in Collective Wage Agreement Negotiations and Mediations (pdf)
(from Riksmekleren / the National Mediator)

General working hours

General working hours in the public sector are 37,5 hours per week, cf. the Main tariff agreement (HTA) § 7. Statens Personalhåndbok kap. 7.3.7

At UiT, the working hours in the administration are as follows:

  • 15 May to 14 September: 08:00 - 15:00
  • 15 September to 14 May: 08:00 - 15:45

Main doors may be locked outside working hours. Please remeber your entrance card.

More information is found in the Employee handbook (you must be logged on to see this site). As of spring 2021 there is work in process to publish the Employee handbook on internet, so that the information is accessible without needing to log in to UiT.

Holiday

In accordance with the Holiday Act and the Main tariff agreement, public sector employees are entitled to 25  working days' holiday per year. Employees over the age of 60 are entitled to 6 extra days of holiday. 

Employers can demand that a minimum of three weeks coherent holiday should be taken between 1 June and 30 September. 

More information is found in the Employee handbook (you must be logged on to see this site).



Pensions and other financial benefits as an employee at UiT has a basis in your membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. In Norway, your membership can be based on residence or employment. You can also be a member of the National Insurance Scheme during stays abroad. 
The membership in the National Insurance Scheme is the key to eligibility for rights to services from NAV.
Additionally, all public employees in a more than 20 % position at UiT are members of the The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund  (SPK). SPK is Norway's main provider of public occupational pensions
As an employee in Norway, you pay 7.8 per cent of your gross income to the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. Another 2% of your gross income is paid to The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The contributions are deducted together with your taxation. Your public employer also pays another 3%.This money  contributes to your indivitual pension and other financial benefits. 
As for your public pension, what you will be paid is a sum of the acccumulated payments to the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme and to the The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. Some also chose an extra private saving option.
As for health service benefits, you have the right fully paid sick leave (please click for conditions), to medical treatment , psychologist or expenditure on medicines of major importance in long-term use (you pay a small share) (Health Services New in Norway).  )

Please see links for further information at

New in Norway



EURAXESS portal - promotion video on youtube

UiT's HR Portal  (requires access to the UiT Intranet) 

Fitness:

The University's own fitness centers are:

Tromsø: Kraft. 

Alta: Alta studenttreningssenter

Harstad: An overview over fitness centers is found here.

Narvik

Sport activities:

We are conscious that this information needs to be updated-

At Facebook, you find running associations as Northern Runners and Tromsø Løpeklubb, and other outdoor activities organized by the different sports organizations,

associatons for hiking in the mountains,

In the area of Alta:

In the area of Narvik:

In the area of Tromsø: Troms Turlag (troms.dnt.no), Ti På topp Tromsø (tromso.tipåtopp.no)

being at sea- Tromsø Kajak klubb (tromsohavpadleklubb.com), Tromsø Seilforening (tromsoseil.no),

riding, Tromsø Rideskole (www.trso.no)

tennis www.ttk.no

badminton

dog sledding (www.villmarkssenter.no)

The Norwegian Trekking Association

You can borrow outdoor equipment from Tromsø kommune

 News:

Klar tale - easy to read Norwegian news

News in English.no

The Norway Post

 

Norwegian Culture- literature, blogs. humor

 

Tourist information websites:

What's happening in Tromsø ]



When you leave UiT to go to stay in another country, you need to notify the Norwegian entities you registered at when commencing your stay.



You must notify the Norwegian Tax Administration if you are moving to a non-Nordic country. Follow the instructions and submit the form to the tax administration (skatteetaten.no).

This notification should be made at the earliest 14 days before leaving Norway.



For those who have been able to access the IT resources at UiT by System-X, please ask for the closure of your account.

You must close down or check with the bank if you can keep your Norwegian bank account. 



You must notify the postal services of your new address (posten.no). This will ensure that your mail is forwarded to your new address the first two months after your move.



Your final Norwegian tax assessment will be in April the year after you received your final wage from UiO. To be able to access it and communicate with the tax administration it is recommended that you retain your secured electronical ID for the Norwegian public services portal (difi.no) for the first year after leaving the country. Make sure that the correct bank account is registered with the Norwegian Tax Administration. 



Please remember, to be able to enter Norway, you need to document an address where you will stay for ther required quarantine period, and the entry visa, if required.

Collaborating partners and guest visits to UiT

UiT wants to welcome partners, guests or others who want to become better acquainted with the institution, study programs and academic environments in a good manner.

Some partners visit UiT with well-defined tasks, take part in UiT research and education, and have a clear need for access to UiT's resources.

As for other categories of visitors, there may be uncertainty regarding their rights and obligations, and UiT's responsibility in relation to them.

Basically, a guest not registered at UiT is a person for whom UiT as an institution is not responsible. This means initially that a guest may not claim the right to access to basic IT services (login to computers, e-mail, storage of data, printing, etc.), access to buildings and laboratories. However, the faculty- and department receiving the guest may approve and allocate rights by that the receiving department has the hosting function.

 The person / persons who invite guests are responsible for the arrangements of scientific activities such as meetings, lectures, tutoring and other professional contact activities. This includes facilitation during the visit and follow-up after the end of stay.

The Head of the department handles the administrative hosting, when needed in collaboration with the inviting research unit.

The main administrative tasks will be clarification of:

  • Right to UiT resources, including office use and possible coverages
  • Accesses: access to buildings, IT services, research data, use of infrastructure, etc.
  • Responsibilities in the workplace, HR and insurance
  • IPR and conditions regarding research results
  • Any agreements related to the guest stay

The guest is responsible for matters outside the work situation, e.g. housing.