Norway and the pharmacy trade

Surveys show that the Norwegian population has more faith in Norwegian pharmacies than other parts of the national health care system.

Illustration: Customer in a pharmacy

While the pharmacy trade in Norway today involves a combination of health care and retail, pharmacies in Norway are considered to be part of the Norwegian health care system.

In 2001 there was a change in legislation in Norway which opened up for chain ownership, and since then there has been an expansion of pharmacies in Norway. Today Norwegian pharmacies are privately owned, except for hospital pharmacies, which are public.

Educations and positions

In order to understand the Norwegian pharmacy trade it is important to know that there are various educations and positions.

3 main lines of education for pharmacy personnel:

  • Technician
  • Bachelor in pharmacy (Reseptarfarmasøyt)
  • Master in Pharmacy (Provisorfarmasøyt)

3 main positions for pharmacy personnel:

  • Technician
  • Pharmacists (either Reseptar or Provisor)
  • Pharmacy Manager (Master degree in pharmacy and work experience is required)

For more information about the pharmacy trade in Norway, please visit the website of The Norwegian Pharmacy Association (Apotekforeningen)

About Norway

Norway is long country with a small population. While it is among the richest countries in the world with a high standard of living, it is also among the most expensive countries today. Norway is especially well-known for offering some of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world such as the aurora borealis, the midnight sun, magnificent glaciers, raving mountains and stunning fjords.

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