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Factsheet for case NO-2020-36/1230 – measures in Norway

New compensation for tourism companies

Ny kompensasjonsordning for reiselivsbedrifter

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 September 2020 – 31 December 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound
Case created 02 October 2020 (updated 09 October 2020)

Background information

On the 21 September, the government proposed to establish a separate compensation scheme of up to NOK 1 billion (€93.4 million) for tourism companies with a large drop in turnover. The scheme will replace the general compensation scheme from September until the end of the year. Tourism is among the industries hardest hit by infection control measures and travel restrictions. The aim is to avoid bankruptcy and maintain activity in particularly hard-hit industries.

Content of measure

The proposed scheme will apply from September to December 2020. The scheme will be based on regulations from the general compensation scheme that were abolished on 1 September 2020, and the state will cover a share of the tourism companies' fixed, unavoidable expenses. The scheme will apply to the accommodation industry, the catering industry, the mediation industry (such as tour operators and the like), and parts of the industries for passenger transport and experiences. Exhibition and conference organisers are also proposed to be included in the scheme. Applications will be open in January 2021 and the support will be paid as a one-off payment in total at the beginning of 2021.

Use of measure

No information to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

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

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


Social partners have been consulted regularly during the design and implementation of the measure.

Views and reactions

The social partners are supportive of the measure.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation
      I56 Food and beverage service activities
      N - Administrative And Support Service Activities N79 Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2020), New compensation for tourism companies, case NO-2020-36/1230 (measures in Norway), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.