Social welfare system and health care

Social welfare system and health care

What is covered by the Norwegian system?

The Norwegian social welfare system includes:

It is administered by NAV, the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration.
NTNU employees are also covered by the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Your rights depends on your membership.

Health care and finding a doctor

When you move to Norway to be here for at least 12 months, you become a member of the Norwegian National Health Scheme from your date of entry to Norway.

After you receive your ID number you should receive a letter from NAV in which you are assigned a general practitioner (called "fastlege" in Norwegian).

Until you have been assigned a general practitioner you and your family can use  the clinic at Gløshaugen.

You can also apply for a general practitioner by calling Fastlege phoneline: +47 23 32 70 00 or online.

More information about the General Practitioner Scheme.


Norway's health system does not cover dental visits for adults, but children up to and including age 19 are cared for for free by the public dental clinics. You can also choose a private practitioner's office.

For emergencies (including weekends and holidays) please call: 800 41 101    


Trondheim area is served by a number of chemists, or pharmacies (called apotek in Norwegian), most of which are typically open from 0900-1800 (9am-6pm) on weekdays and from 1000 to 1500 (10am-3pm) on Saturdays.

The pharmacy located at Solsiden, at Beddingen 4 (map), is open until midnight (including weekends).

The nearest pharmacy to the campus is located close to St Olav's Hospital.

16 Jan 2020



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