Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Norway - Sickness benefit and attendance allowance

In what situation can I claim?

Sickness benefit

If you are in active work, but lose your income because of injury or illness, you may be entitled to receive sickness benefit.

Attendance allowance

If you lose your income because you have to care for a child with special needs, a dying family member or person with whom you have close ties, you may be entitled to receive attendance allowance.

What conditions do I need to meet?

Sickness benefit

You must have been in work for at least 4 weeks - work in another EEA country can count.

In order to use a personal declaration, you must have worked for your employer for at least 2 months.

In order to receive sickness benefit from NAV, you must undertake to return to work as quickly as possible.

You must have a relevant sick leave certificate from a doctor or from a physiotherapist or chiropractor if your injury or illness is due to musculoskeletal problems.

You and your employer must work together to create a 4-week plan to get you back to work. If you still cannot work after 8 weeks, you will need to get a new sick leave certificate.

For short-term absences due to illness, it is sufficient that you cannot perform the tasks in your current job, but for long-term sickness absences, an assessment must be performed to determine whether you are also unfit to perform other suitable tasks.

Sickness benefit can be paid for up to 1 year. If you have previously received sickness benefit for 1 year, you must have been fit for work for at least 26 weeks since you last received sickness benefit.

Attendance allowance

You must have been in work for the last 4 weeks - work in another EEA country can count.

Attendance allowance can be provided if you care for a child under the age of 18 who, due to illness or injury, needs constant supervision and care. If necessary, you and another caregiver can receive the allowance at the same time. If your child is mentally disabled, in need of constant supervision and suffers from a serious or potentially fatal disease or injury, there is no age limit (as of February 1st 2018).

You must have primary responsibility for the child's care. If the child for whom you are caring already has access to external care or nursing for significant periods of time, it is possible that you may not be entitled to attendance allowance. You may still be entitled to a reduced attendance allowance, if you receive assistance on some days of the week or for some hours of the day, via supervision or releif arrangements.

You may also receive attendance allowance if you are caring for a person with whom you have close ties, at home in the final stages of their life.

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

Sickness benefit

You are entitled to sickness benefit from your employer for up to 16 days. For brief absences, you may use a personal declaration (which notifies that you are ill without the need for a sick leave certificate from your doctor). If you are absent due to illness for more than 3 days, your employer is entitled to demand a sick leave certificate).

You may receive sickness benefit for up to 1 year, including the 16-day period of employer liability. If you are still unfit for work after this period, you may be entitled to other benefits.

Sickness benefit is equivalent to the pay that you were receiving for the 4 weeks prior to your sickness absence. If your pay varies according to volume of work, a longer period can be used to make this calculation.

If you had a pay rise during the 4 weeks prior to your absence, the sickness benefit is calculated on the basis of the new rate.

Sickness benefit is equivalent to your pay, but cannot exceed 6 G annually; i.e. NOK 561 804 at the current Basic Amount. This means that NOK 46 817 per month is the maximum amount that you can receive at the current Basic Amount.

Attendance allowance

Attendance allowance is equivalent to the pay that you were receiving for the 4 weeks prior to the point at which you applied for attendance allowance. If your pay varies according to volume of work, a longer period can be used to calculate the attendance allowance.

If you had a pay rise during the 4 weeks prior to your application, the attendance allowance is calculated on the basis of the new rate.

Attendance allowance is equivalent to your pay, but cannot exceed 6 G annually; i.e. NOK 561 804 at the current Basic Amount. This means that NOK 46 817 per month is the maximum amount that you can receive at the current Basic Amount.

You can receive attendance allowance for up to 1300 days (equivalent of 5 years). After 1300 days you can only receive attendance allowance at 66%of the basis for calculation for children under the age of 18 with life-threatening, non-permanent illness or injury.

If you are caring for a close relative or a friend in the last phase of their life, you may receive attendance allowance for up to 60 days.

There is no period of employer liability with regard to attendance allowance. You must contact NAV directly in order to receive support.

Jargon busters

  • G: Abbreviation for National Insurance Basic Amount (see Basic Amount below). 1 G = 1 x Basic Amount, 2 G = 2 x Basic Amount, etc.;
  • Basic Amount: A standard amount that is used to calculate benefits and pensions, and which is set on 1 May each year. As of 1 May 2017, the Basic Amount is NOK 93 634, or about EUR 10 500.

Forms you may need to fill in

  • Income information for employees who wish to receive sickness benefit, parental benefit, pregnancy benefits, attendance allowance, training allowance and care benefit (in Norwegian only)
  • Information about deductions for employees who wish to receive sickness benefit, parental benefit, pregnancy benefits, attendance allowance, training allowance and care benefit (in Norwegian only)
  • Application to continue receiving sickness benefit during stays abroad

Know your rights

The links below direct you to websites that describe your legal rights, but they are not part of the European Commission's websites. The Commission is therefore not responsible for the content.

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Who do you need to contact?

NAV: Via NAV's website https://www.nav.no/en/Home, or at your local NAV office.

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