Norwegian Competition Authority
The Norwegian Competition Authority aim is to ensure well-functioning markets for the benefit of consumers and society at large.
Our mission is to help ensure efficient use of the society’s resources by promoting competition, for the benefit of consumers and businesses in various national markets. Our primary objective is that players operating in Norwegian markets comply with the competition rules, as competition is a way of achieving well-functioning markets.
The Norwegian Competition Authority is an independent regulatory agency whose activities are based on laws and decisions adopted by the Norwegian parliament (Storting), the government and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. The Norwegian Competition Authority also engages in extensive international cooperation. Through the EEA Agreement, competition rules mirroring the rules of the EU are implemented and enforced in Norway.
The Norwegian Competition Authority is led by its Director General, Lars Sørgard. The Director General is appointed by the King in Council for a term of six years.
The Norwegian Competition Authority employs 116 people and has its headquartered in Bergen.
The Norwegian Competition Authority was established on 1 January 1994, at the same time as the Norwegian Competition Act and the Price Policy Act came into effect. However, the history of Norway’s pricing and competition authorities can be traced all the way back to the start of World War I.