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Factsheet for measure NO-2003-49/2549 – measures in Norway

Altinn (Start and run business)

Altinn (Starte og drive bedrift)

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 04 December 2003
Context Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
Author Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 20 October 2022)

Background information

Altinn is an internet portal for digital dialogue between business, private individuals and public agencies. Altinn (start and run a business) is a particular website where entrepreneurs and companies can find relevant information on starting up and running a business in Norway

Altinn was created in an attempt to reduce companies burden of public reporting by transitioning to electronic reporting. The portal was launched on 4 December 2003 under the name Altinn. The Altinn project originally got its name from the term "alternative reporting".

Altinn is run by the Brønnøysund Register Centre (a government body).

Content of measure

As a part of the Altinn website (which is a web portal for electronic dialogue between business, citizens and government agencies), entrepreneurs and companies can find relevant information on starting up and running a business in Norway. In addition to the website, governmental administration can be contacted trough phone, e-mail and a chat service. The aim of the service is to introduce entrepreneurs and companies to the most important legislation when it comes to starting up and running businesses, having a practical approach in mind.

The website provides information at various stages, that is: before start-up a business, start-up and registration, operation and winding up. The section on operation focuses on the following elements:

  • Direct and indirect taxes.
  • Accounts and auditing.
  • Working conditions.
  • Export and import.
  • Other operational tasks as corporate social responsibility.
  • The service also provides companies with a 'Start-up Information Package'. This is a comprehensive information package for entrepreneurs that collects links to guides, brochures, documents, forms and websites that is useful when starting up.

All national public support schemes to enterprises are also listed in the Altinn website.

Use of measure

Altinn is an internet portal for digital dialogue between business, private individuals and public agencies, and hence used by all companies and private individuals and public agencies.

The information service is actively promoted and Brønnøysund Register Centre reported that, in 2019, 600 entrepreneurs and new business owners were made aware of the service.

The information service was launched in autumn 2012 as three former information services were integrated into Altinn. In January 2014, 41 state, county and municipal bodies participated.

A strength of the support instrument is that all relevant information can be found in one place, and it is integrated in the Norwegian public reporting portal for companies.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
Public employment service
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions




Eurofound (2022), Altinn (Start and run business), measure NO-2003-49/2549 (measures in Norway), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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