Sickness benefits to special groups

Sickness benefits are to compensate for the loss of wages for those who are unable to work due to illness or injury. Special rules apply to sailors, farmers, reindeer herders, fishermen, conscripts, persons who have been temporarily out of work or are receiving disability benefit and persons between 67 and 70 years.

Sickness benefits for farmers and reindeer herders

As a farmer / reindeer herder you may have a group insurance entitling you to 100 per cent sickness­ benefit coverage from and including day 17 of your illness.

You are regarded as a farmer / reindeer herder if you, in the last year you have received a tax assessment, had a business ­income from agriculture or forestry / reindeer husbandry  that  was at least 20 percent of your total net income (minimum  NOK 8,000). This income will be used as a basis when deciding if you are covered by the  group insurance coverage.

You may also take out an individual insurance that entitles you to 100 percent sickness benefit coverage from day 1 -16 of your sickness absence.  Read more about insurance for farmers and reindeer herders (text in Norwegian).

You apply for sickness benefit by filling out the «Egenerklæring» (self-declaration) in part D of the sick leave certification. You must also fill out form NAV 08-35.01 «Inntektsopplysninger for selvstendig næringsdrivende og/eller frilansere som skal ha sykepenger». (Income details for self-employed and / or freelancers who want to claim sickness benefit).

Read more about where to submit your sick leave certification.(Text in Norwegian).

Sickness benefits for sailors

Sickness benefit for sailors is calculated in the same way as sickness benefit for employees, with two exceptions:

  • You may be entitled to sickness benefits if you are unfit to work as a sailor, even if you are not otherwise occupationally disabled.
  • You are entitled to sickness benefit even if you have worked less than 4 weeks.

You apply for sickness benefits in the same way as regular  workers.

Sickness benefits to fishermen

Fishermen who are registered in the Register of Norwegian Fishermen (Fiskermanntallet)  “blad B” are covered by a group insurance entitling 100 percent sickness benefit coverage from the first day of absence due to sickness. You are entitled to sickness benefits even if you have worked less than 4 weeks.

You apply for sickness benefit by filling out the “Egenerklæring” (self-declaration) in part D of the sick leave certificate.

If you receive a share of the fishing vessel’s net income, you are considered to be self-employed. You must then also fill out form NAV 08-35.01 «Inntektsopplysninger for selvstendig næringsdrivende og/eller frilansere som skal ha sykepenger». (Income details for self-employed and / or freelancers who want to claim sickness benefit).

If you receive wages you are considered to be an employee. Your employer must then fill out form NAV 08-30.01 «Inntektsopplysninger for arbeidstaker som skal ha sykepenger» (Income details for employees claiming sickness benefit), and submit the form to NAV.

Read about where to submit your sick leave certificate (text in Norwegian).

Sickness benefits to conscripts

If you have completed military or civil service, you have the same entitlement to sickness benefit as regular employee. The provision regarding a qualifying period of 4 weeks in order to be entitled sickness benefits does not apply to conscripts. Your rights to sickness benefits apply while you are in military service. You receive sickness benefits from and including the day after demobilisation.

You are entitled to sickness benefits even if you have worked less than 4 weeks.

This scheme also includes people who have completed compulsory service in

  • The Home Guard
  • Military academies
  • Auxiliary police

The same applies to conscripts and dischargees who following an application have been exempted from military service and have been transferred to civil work.

You apply for sickness benefits in the same way as workers.

Sickness benefits to persons who have been temporarily out of paid work

If you have been temporarily out of paid work for less than a month at the time you  obtain a sick leave certificate and you

  • still are still out of income-earning work, or
  • have worked less than 4 weeks

you may be entitled to sickness benefits from NAV if you can document that you are losing an annual income equivalent to at least  1 G (Grunnbeløpet i folketrygden/National Insurance basic amount).

The period you are receiving unemployment benefit, sickness benefits, attendance and training allowance, care benefit and also parental and pregnancy benefit is equivalent to gainful employment. Unpaid leave after the end of the parental benefit period in accordance with Sections 12-1 – 12-5 of the Working Environment Act (text in Norwegian), will also entitle you to sickness benefits if you have an agreement to return to your work after the period of leave.

You may receive sickness benefits from day 15 of your illness. Sickness benefits are equivalent to 65 per cent of the income on which the calculation of your sickness benefits is based or 100 per cent if you are working when when you reported sick.

To apply for sickness benefits fill out the “Egenerklæring” (self-declaration) in part D of the doctor’s certificate. You must also fill out form NAV 08-47.05 “Krav om sykepenger – midlertidig ute av inntektsgivende arbeid” (Claim for sickness benefit - temporarily out of income-earning work).

Sickness benefits to persons between the age 62 and 70 years

If you are between the age of 62 and 70 years old, you have the rights to sickness benefits regardless of whether or not you receive old-age pension.

If you are between 67 and 70 years old, you have the rights to sickness benefit up until 60 days, if your income exceeds 2 G (Grunnbeløpet i folketrygden/National Insurance basic amount). The 60-day rule starts the day you turn 67 and ends the day before you turn 70 years old. If you have turned 70 years , you do not have the right to receive sickness benefits.

Sickness benefits to receivers of disability benefit

If you combine work with disability benefit, you may have the rights to sickness benefit. Sickness benefit is calculated on the basis of your income earned in addition to your disability benefit. The sickness benefit will reduce your disability payments in the same way as your regular income does. Your grade of disability will not be affected.

If you are employed, your employer is responsible for paying sickness benefits during the employer period. Employers must fill out the form NAV 08-30.01 «Inntektsopplysninger for arbeidstaker som skal ha sykepenger» (Income information for employees who claims sickness benefits)

You apply by filling out the “Egenerklæring” (personal declaration) on Part D of the sick leave note.

If you are self-employed, you must also fill out the form NAV 08-35.01 Inntektsopplysninger for selvstendig næringsdrivende og/eller frilansere som skal ha sykepenger».  (income data for self-employed and/or freelancers who are entitled sickness benefits).

Read about where to submit your sick leave certificate (text in Norwegian) .

Report changes

If you have changes in your income and/or work situation, or if you are planning a stay abroad, it may affect the payment you receive from NAV.  You must therefore immediately report any such changes to NAV.

Payments

NAV will process your case after receiving both your application (completed part D of the sick leave note) and the income data form.

Se case processing times in NAV (text in Norwegian).

Your money will normally be in your account by the last working day of the month, see more information about payments. Some benefits are paid earlier in December.

You can also check your payments on the Your payments service.