Being an Au Pair in Norway
An au pair must be aged between 18 and 29 years old.
As an au pair in Norway, you will mainly be looking after your host family’s children and help with light housework. You may be asked to help the children look after their pets. As an au pair, however, you should neither do the work of a nanny nor look after pets solely.
Your host family will pay you a minimum of 5,000 Norwegian Krones (NOK) per month. The pocket money must also be paid during your holidays or if you fall ill.
Board and lodging
In addition to your pocket money, you receive free board and lodging. Naturally, this also applies in case of illness.
You must be able to afford your trip to Norway. Normally, your host family bears the costs for your return trip. However, this does not apply if you continue your stay in Norway with a different residence permit or travel to a country different from your own after your au pair stay with the host family has ended.
In Norway, you work up to 30 hours per week as an au pair. However, you may not work more than 5 hours per day. The number of working hours may not be increased, even if more pocket money is paid.
As an au pair, you have at least one day off per week. At least once every month, this day should be a Sunday. Moreover, you are entitled to at least one afternoon off per week if you work as an au pair in Norway. Your host family should allow for enough time for you to participate in a language course and follow your leisure activities.
According to Norwegian law (ferienloven), you are entitled to a holiday of 25 days per calendar year. You can make use of these 25 days, even if you have not spent the entire year with your host family. However, in order to benefit from this regulation, you must have started working as an au pair prior to 30 September.
When you start working as an au pair from 1 October, you are entitled to only six working days off for the corresponding calendar year. The same applies should you change your host family. Please make sure you can prove that you have not taken your holiday prior to this date.
During your holidays, you keep receiving your pocket money as usual.
Your host family should give you the opportunity to attend a Norwegian course. It is regulated by law that the host family pays a minimum of 7,500 NOK for your course, including for required educational material and transport.
In Norway, au pairs need to pay taxes. The due amount is calculated according to the pocket money and non-cash benefits, i.e. the costs for board and lodging host families bear.