Licence fee

TV licence fees are a legal requirement which anyone in Norway who has a TV receiver is required to pay.

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Anyone in Norway who has a TV receiver is required to pay TV licence fees. You have to pay the TV licence fee, no matter what kind of TV receiver you have or what channels you choose to watch.

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The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s [NRK] Licensing department collects TV licence fees, which are required by law.

You can contact us if you are paying a licence for the first time, or if there is anything you would like to know about your licence. The Licensing department is based in Mo i Rana, and has around 80 staff.

TV licence fees: the facts

TV licence fees are set by Parliament. The fee for 2012 is NOK 2580.12, including VAT at 8%.

TV licence fees are a legal requirement which anyone who has a TV receiver is required to pay. You have to pay the TV licence fee, no matter what kind of TV receiver you have or what channels you choose to watch.

Parliament has decided that TV licence fees must be collected and passed to the NRK. In everyday speech, we also use the term 'broadcasting licence fee'.

Parliament has set the licence fee for 2012 at NOK 2580.12, including VAT at 8%.

Most of the NRK's income

Licence fee income goes entirely to the NRK, and provides the NRK with around 95% of its earnings. Licence fee income amounted to NOK 4.5 m in 2010.

Changes to licence periods

It has been decided that the NRK must bring collecting licence fees in line with the calendar year. Licence fees are divided into two periods a year, as follows:

Licence period 1 runs from January 1st to June 30th, the due date being January 31st.

Licence period 2 runs from July 1st to December 31st, the due date being July 31st.
Any communications that may mean ending a licence must reach the NRK's Licensing department before the new period starts and becomes binding.

Direct debit

You can pay your TV licence fee by direct debit. Contact your bank if you would like to use this service. Take the bill you were sent when contacting your bank.