Sickness benefit (sykepenger) to self-employed persons and freelancers

  • You are a member of the National Insurance Scheme (Folketrygden).
  • You are younger than 70 years.
  • The reason you cannot work is your own illness or injury.
  • You have been working for at least four weeks immediately before you became ill.
  • Your sickness leave is causing you to lose at least 20 percent of your income. The income you lose must be pensionable income, which means income you receive as wages and pay tax on.
  • Your income equals at least fifty per cent of the basic amount in the National Insurance Scheme (1/2 G, Grunnbeløpet).
  • As a freelancer, you must have regular income from assignments.
  • If you receive foster care allowance, you are considered a freelancer. 
  • If you receive carer support (omsorgsstønad) you will be considered a freelancer. You are considered an employee only if you have an agreement with the municipality that indicates a working relationship.
  • For self-employed persons, sickness benefit accounts for 80 per cent of the sickness benefit basis.
  • For freelancers, sickness benefit amounts to 100 per cent of the sickness benefit basis.
  • overview of paid advance tax
  • tax return that has not yet been posted
  • statement from the accountant or auditor if it contains information about pensionable annual income
  • Periods 3 years back in time are summed up if there are less than 26 weeks between any of the periods.
  • If you have used all the 52 weeks, 26 weeks must pass without sickness benefit or work assessment allowance in order for you to receive sickness benefit again. (There are some exceptions.)
  • You do not have BankID or other ID at the highest security level 
  • You have a strictly confidential address in the Population Register