Norway for Pharmacists Career Guide – Exam, Salary Details

Working in Norway as a Pharmacist has been a hot topic for a few years for Pakistani, Indian & Filipino pharmacists. If you are a Pharmacist and don’t know how to apply for a Norway pharmacist license, what will be the fees, what are the documents required? then this guide will help you get all this information accurate and summarized.
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Pharmacist license in Norway

All the applications for pharmacists to work in Norway are governed by one central health body. It is responsible for all healthcare sector licensing which is Norwegian Directorate of Health.

The application process is called authorization which is a letter issued to the applying pharmacist. We will be posting all the details of requirements, and documents required and frequently ask questions to apply.

Difference between reseptarfarmasøyt & provisorfarmasøyt

There are two types of Pharmacist licenses which can be obtained to work in a pharmacy in Norway.

  • reseptarfarmasøyt – someone who has a bachelor’s in Pharmacy & receives prescription and dispense medications
  • provisorfarmasøyt– someone who has an additional master’s (m.phill) in Pharmacy & is eligible to be a manager of Pharmacy

The authorization letter is the preliminary Norway pharmacist license which is valid for all regions.

You can find more information on the Norwegian Pharmacy Association – Apotekforeningen website.

Norway’s Pharmacist Exam (Kurs i nasjonale fag)

Pharmacists with Norwegian pharmacy authorization letters are eligible to sit in the exam after passing the Norwegian language test with at least a score of B2 level. All Pharmacists before entering the practice or starting a job must take two tests. Safe Handling of Medications Course in Norwegian health services, health legislation and Society (Kurs i nasjonale fag). The course is arranged every spring and autumn.

You must successfully complete and pass the Safe Handling of Medication course. Regulations on pharmaceuticals and requisition law, drug handling, and medication calculation are covered in the course on safe medication handling. The curriculum will be developed in collaboration with the national curriculum.

Pharmacist salary in Norway

A pharmacist is paid much better in Norway than in any other place in the world considering the benefits attached to your job.

In Norway, the average salary for a pharmacist is about 777,000 NOK per year. The lowest salary is 358,000 NOK, and the highest is 1,240,000 NOK (highest). This is the typical annual pay after housing, transportation, and other amenities. [1]

Currently, there are 1032 pharmacies in Norway. A pharmacist is a well-paid job in all cities of Norway.

Many experts name Norway the best country for pharmacist professional immigration. We have compiled a detailed guide for new immigrant pharmacists in Norway and all about pharmacist life in Norway – a full salary guide, and other benefits explained.

Language Requirement for Pharmacists (Norway)

There is a language requirement for Pharmacists. A full license to get a job in Norway is provided after securing a satisfactory level of the Norwegian language.

It is advised to begin studying the language as soon as possible if you intend to work in Norway. Working in pharmacies in Norway typically requires a high level of Norwegian language proficiency.

You can find full details here on how to become a pharmacist in Norway.