Sickness benefits (sykepenger)

Sickness benefit can replace your income when you are unable to work due to illness or injury.

Sickness benefit (sykepenger) for employees

Sickness benefit (sykepenger) comes partly from your employer and partly from NAV.

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

You are entitled to sickness benefit (sykepenger) from the 17th day of absence. For the first 16 calendar days, you can receive sickness benefit if you have taken out insurance.

Sickness benefit (sykepenger) while studying

In principle, you cannot receive sickness benefit (sykepenger) while you are in school. If you are able to study full-time, NAV assumes that you can also work. However, there are some cases where you may be entitled to money from NAV while studying.

Sickness benefit (sykepenger) for special groups

The rules for sickness benefit (sykepenger) vary, depending on your work and your current situation. Find the rules that apply to you.

Sickness benefit (sykepenger) when you are travelling

If you are considering travelling while on sick leave, there are a few things you need to check in advance. If your trip prevents you from fulfilling the duties you have while you are on sick leave, you will not be allowed to keep your sickness benefit.

Sickness benefit (sykepenger) to EEA nationals

If you are an EEA national, you may be entitled to sickness benefit (sykepenger) if you work in Norway.