Unemployment benefit in connection with unemployment in an EEA country

This is a summary page for benefit rights in connection with unemployment in an EEA country.

Seeking employment in another EEA country with Norwegian unemployment benefits

On certain terms, you may receive Norwegian unemployment benefit while trying to find employment in your country of choice.

More information about employment in another EEA country with Norwegian unemployment benefits

Moving from Norway to another EEA country

If you have acquired unemployment benefit rights and are moving to another EEA country, you may take your rights with you.

More information about moving from Norway to another EEA country

Seeking employment in Norway with unemployment benefits from another EEA country

You must apply for permission in the country where you receive unemployment benefits to be able to travel to Norway before you depart from the country. You must also be aware of the following:

  • You must submit a completed PDU2 document to a NAV office. If you do not have the document, you must notify the NAV office of this.
  • You have to register with NAV as a job seeker by the deadline stipulated in the PDU2 certificate. (To do this you need a Norwegian national identity number or D number. If you do not have this, a NAV office can assist you with obtaining a D number.)
  • You must send the work registration card every 14th day.

Moving from another EEA country to Norway

If you move from another EEA country to Norway, you may take with you any unemployment benefit rights you have acquired in the last three calendar years.

More information about moving from another EEA country to Norway

Living in one EEA country and working in another

If you live in one EEA country and work in another, and you go home at least once a week, you are a so-called “frontier worker”.

More information about living in one EEA country and working in another

Cross-border workers

To be considered a 'genuine cross-border worker' you must live in one EEA country, work in another and return home daily or at least once a week.

More information about Cross-border workers

Report changes

If your income or family and/or work situation changes, or you are planning a stay abroad, this may significantly affect the amount of benefits paid by NAV. That is why you must report any changes to NAV immediately.