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Most businesses need to be registered in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities "Enhetsregisteret" and many also need to be registered in the Register of Business Enterprises ("Foretaksregisteret").

Important elements in connection with registration:

1. The company's name and domain

The company's name
Deciding on a name often turns out to be trickier than expected. All of a sudden, you are your own customer and difficult to please! Almost all names may sound strange at first. At some point you simply have to make up your mind and start using a name so it will feel natural in time. When registering a sole proprietorship you would have to use your own name. You can do the same in this case until you come up with another name for your company.

Check with the Brønnøysund Register Centre to see whether someone else is using the name or if it is available so you can use it.

Useful links
» Find a company/entity (The Brønnøy Register Centre)
» What name should I choose?

Domain
Sooner or later you will probably want to set up a webpage for your business. It can therefore be a good idea to choose a name for which you can get a good Internet domain.

A domain is the same as your Internet address. As an example, DNB's domain name is www.dnb.no.

You can check Norid's database to find available domains. After you find an available name and domain, you need to contact a registration service to get your domain registered.

Useful link

» Check available domains (Norid)

2. The Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities ("Enhetsregisteret")

Practically all businesses have to be registered in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities in Brønnøysund.  There are only a few types of business to which this requirement does not apply. One of the advantages of registering your company is that you get an enterprise number. This makes it easier for the authorities to coordinate information about your business that is to be included in public registers. It can save you from lots of extra work and numerous additional forms.

3. The Register of Business Enterprises ("Foretaksregisteret")

Many types of companies are required to be registered in the Register of Business Enterprises in addition to the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities.

Simply put, the requirement applies to all companies where liability is limited (for example limited liability companies) and for sole proprietorships that sell goods or have more than five employees.

Registration in the Register of Business Enterprises is not mandatory for all sole proprietorships, but is optional. Many banks, insurance companies and others have rules forbidding them to enter into agreements with a company before they have verified that the firm in question is registered in the Register of Business Enterprises.

Being registered in the Register of Business Enterprises is also a good way to protect your company's name.  If you are only registered in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities, there is nothing to prevent other companies from using the name you have established or one that can be easily confused with your company's name.

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On altinn.no you will find information about how to register a company, VAT registration, registering employees etc.

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