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Trondheim at a Glance

Working in Trondheim

Trondheim offers a wide spectrum of career opportunities, making it an ideal place for expats looking for work in Norway and with different backgrounds. Find out which opportunity suits you best and get ready by checking out the tips and hints in our Expat Guide!

Local Economy

Trondheim’s main industry is the technology sector. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is one of the country’s leading research centers in the fields of engineering, physics and natural sciences. Furthermore, the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF) also has its headquarters in Trondheim. SINTEF is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, and each year it supports research and development at roughly 2,000 Norwegian and overseas companies via its research and development activity.

Typical salaries for professionals in Trondheim start at 40,000 EUR, going up to 70,000 EUR for senior highly skilled workers. English is widely spoken both in Trondheim and in Norway as a whole, so language barriers are virtually non-existent for English speakers. This opens up lots of doors for expats interested in working in Trondheim.

Many high profile international consultancy firms also have subsidiaries in Trondheim, offering legal advice, accounting, auditing and due diligence services.

Job Hunting in Trondheim

Useful websites for finding a job in Trondheim include The Local, Glassdoor and Nav. Several Norwegian newspapers also advertise job vacancies. The largest national newspaper is Aftenposten, in which you will find many job listings. You’ll find a list of Norwegian newspapers at norske-aviser.com.

Foreign job seekers can also sign up with private recruitment agencies. These agencies often specialize in particular industries and professions. The agencies are listed in the Yellow Pages online. Visit gulesider.no and search for “rekruttering” or “vikartjenester” — Norwegian for ‘recruiting agencies.’

Income Taxation in Trondheim

 "Ordinary income" (alminnelig inntekt) is subject to a basic tax rate of 28%. National Insurance contributions are generally about 8% of your gross income. A surtax of 9% is paid by employees who earn more than  456,400 NOK and 12% is due by those earning more than 741,700 NOK.

Anyone who works in Norway must have a tax deduction card, which must be submitted to your employers so they know how much tax to deduct before paying your salary.

In order to be able to calculate the correct tax deduction, the tax office must have information about what salary you expect to earn in Norway and how long you intend to reside in the country. To obtain a tax deduction card, you must contact the tax office where you live. If you start working in Trondheim before you have obtained a tax deduction card, your employer is obliged to deduct 50% of your gross income. As soon as you have submitted your tax deduction card to your employer, the difference will be reimbursed.

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