All about Pharmacy Stores in Norway

Working in Norway as a Pharmacist is a popular aspect these days yet many people including registered pharmacists don't know where to start. In this article you can find information of pharmacies working in Norway, its different cities.

In Norway there are total of 1032 pharmacies. Large number belongs to retail pharmacy chains, some are hospital pharmacies and others are independent running pharmacies.

If you are a Pharmacist and looking forward to work in Norway as registered Pharmacist you can visit our Guide on how to become a Pharmacist in Norway


Norway pharmacy chains Norge Oslo Bergen

Pharmacy chains in Norway

Retail pharmacy chains are leaders in medicine sector. Below is a list of pharmacy chains and their websites to look for more information.

  1. Apotek 1 - Norway's favorite Pharmacy

This chain currently holds highest number of pharmacies throughout the Norway. A total of 450 pharmacies. 

2. Vitusapotek - Smart pharmacy of Norway

There are total of 301 pharmacy stores under this chain.

3. Boots Pharmacy Norway

Being an international pharmacy chain and a more prominent pharmacy chain of Europe. Boots pharmacy currently holds 149 stores.

4. Ditt apotek

It is a small group of pharmacy chain with 71 stores all over Norway.

Other Pharmacies

Aside from the chain of pharmacies rest of them are Hospital and independent pharmacies

Hospital Pharmacies

Each of the four regional health authorities owns a pharmaceutical trust that oversees hospital pharmacies and is set up as a health trust. However, some hospitals choose to do business with chain pharmacies. Ditt Apotek owns 33 hospital pharmacies in total.

Alliance Healthcare is the supplier for all hospital pharmacies.

  1. Southern and Eastern Norway Pharmaceutical Trust: 19 outlets
  2. Western Norway Pharmaceutical Trust: 6 outlets
  3. Central Norway Pharmaceutical Trust: 4 outlets
  4. Northern Norway Pharmaceutical Trust: 4 outlets

Independent pharmacy owners are few but they have built their business since decades. One can find them providing services where competition is low but services are essentially needed.

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