Norway will have fewer free days off work in 2020 than 2019

It’s probably worth making the most of the upcoming Christmas holidays, because public days off work will feel a bit scarce in 2020.

Norway will have fewer free days off work in 2020 than 2019
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In 2019, 10 of Norway’s 12 public holidays fell on working days. The two exceptions were Easter Sunday and Whitsunday, for obvious reasons.

That means that, with Christmas Eve on a Tuesday and two subsequent public holidays, people working in Norway can enjoy nine consecutive days off by using two days of their annual leave, as NRK points out.

But in 2020, it will probably be necessary to be even smarter with annual leave, if you want to make the most of public holidays.

Of 2020’s public holidays, two – May 17th and Boxing Day – will be during weekends, meaning two public holidays off work vanish.

There is an upside, though – Labour Day, May 1st, will be a Friday, as will New Year’s Day 2021. So at least there’ll be a couple of long weekends.

And Ascension Day (Kristi Himmelfartsdag) is a Thursday, so you can use a single day’s leave to gain a four-day weekend.

Norwegian public holidays in 2020

  • New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1st
  • Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 9th
  • Good Friday: Friday, April 10th
  • Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 12th
  • Easter Monday: Monday, April 13th
  • Labour Day: Friday, May 1st
  • Norwegian Constitution Day: Sunday, May 17th
  • Ascension Day: Thursday, May 21st
  • Whitsunday: Sunday, May 31st
  • Whit Monday: Monday, June 1st
  • Christmas Day: Friday, December 25th
  • Boxing Day: Saturday, December, 26th

READ ALSO: Here's where you can expect a white Christmas in Norway

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How much does going to the dentist cost in Norway? 

A trip to the dentist can be painful in more ways than one, especially for your bank account, so how much will it set you back in Norway and how do you get an appointment?

How much does going to the dentist cost in Norway? 
Many dread a trip to the dentist. Photo by Yusuf Belek on Unsplash

Is dental work free in Norway?

Norway’s robust and comprehensive public healthcare system is accessible through the Norwegian National Health Insurance Scheme. Because it is so comprehensive, many make the assumption that all health issues, including dental problems, are covered by the scheme.  

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as, generally, dental care is not covered by the public healthcare system. Instead, you will have to go to a private practitioner should you have an issue with your teeth or if it’s time for a checkup. 

If you’d like to learn more about what is covered by the National Health Insurance, you can look at our guide on how the scheme works and common problems foreigners run into here.

How much does it cost?

The bad news is that, much like most other things in Norway, a trip to the dentists will set you back a fair amount, and unlike the Norwegian National Health Insurance Scheme, there is no exemption card, or frikort, after you have paid a certain amount. 

READ MORE: Seven things foreigners in Norway should know about the health system

On the bright side, dental treatment is free for children under 18, and if you are aged between 19 and 20, you will only need to stump up 25 percent of the total bill. 

In most cases, everyone over the age of 21 will be expected to pay the whole bill, apart from a few exceptions, which you can read about here

The cost of dentistry can be reimbursed or subsidised if you meet any of the 15 conditions that will entitle you to claim support from The Norwegian Health Economics Administration or Helfo.

Helfo is responsible for making payments from the National Insurance Scheme to healthcare providers and reimbursing individuals for vital healthcare services not covered by the insurance scheme. 

The list of conditions includes essential work, such as having an oral tumour removed, for example. You can take a look at the 15 conditions for which you claim help from Helfo here.

You can also apply to the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) for financial assistance relating to dental work.

How much you are eligible to receive from NAV will depend entirely on your situation. 

Below you can take a look at the rough cost of some common dental work in Norway. 

  • Examination/appointment- 600 kroner 
  • Examination/appointment with tartar removal and x rays- 1,000 kroner 
  • Small filling- 900 kroner 
  • Medium sized filling 1,400- kroner 
  • Large filling- 1,500 kroner 
  • Tooth surgically removed- 2,000 kroner 
  • Root canal filling 3,800 kroner
  • Crown- 7,000 kroner

How to book an appointment

Booking an appointment in Norway is as simple as contacting your nearest dentist. Before you book, you can typically check the price list of the dentist you will be visiting to get a rough idea of how much the visit could cost you too. 

The majority of dentists in Norway will speak good English. You can also visit an entirely English speaking dentist surgery, where all the staff will speak English, in the big cities such as Oslo if you haven’t quite gotten to grips with Norwegian yet. 

You can search for a dentist using this tool which will show you your nearest dentist in the town, city or county you live in.