The cottage municipalities notice a moving trend – warns the Norwegian citizen registry – VG

NEW HOME: Trysil is one of the municipalities where more people are reported to be moving into the cabin to receive electrical support. Photo of the illustration: Krister Sørbø / VG

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– Some say they thought about it for a long time and that the price of electricity made them do it, others say they have to do it to manage the electricity bill.

This is what the municipal director Jan Sævig of the Trysil municipality says about the questions they have received from people who want to turn the cottage into a home.

From 2014 to last year the municipality had 31 cabins with transition to primary residence.

So far this year they have received 25 applications, 20 of which have come after August 1, says Sævig.

– I guess there will be more, he says.

– The biggest plus side

The government’s electricity subsidy scheme covers a large part of the electricity bill when the price is above 70 øre per kilowatt hour.

But this subsidy for electricity is only for families and not for vacation homes.

There are just under 7,000 cabins in Trysil. The director of the municipality has nothing against the fact that more and more people report moving to obtain electrical support.

– Then we have to pay taxes and we receive a subsidy from the state for the number of people in the municipality, but then we also have obligations such as health responsibility. The positive side is greater than the negative side, says Sævig.

It says applications are generally approved and the processing time is twelve weeks.

ELECTRICITY SUPPORT FINS: Hemsedal is also noticing an increase in the number of people wanting to move into the cabin and thinks it’s mainly to get electricity subsidies.

Even in Hemsedal, they notice that more and more people are getting in touch to find out how they can make the hut their permanent home.

– Basically, we want more people to settle in Hemsedal, but we understand that this is not why they want to declare to move, it is to gain access to electricity support, says municipal director Stephan Gundersen.

– We want more residents

In Norway’s largest cottage municipality, Ringsaker, they notice there is more demand.

– We received five to eight inquiries a week about the possibility of moving into the cabin, says Alf Thomassen, Head of Strategy in the Municipality of Ringsaker.

He says people contact them mainly to investigate the possibilities and that fewer have sent specific questions.

– We opened for this several years ago and are basically positive that people will want to live in Ringsaker. We want more residents, one way or another.

– But do they really live in the cabin, or is it just to have electricity support?

– If you first apply to move into the cabin, we’ll assume you actually live there, says Thomassen.

GROWING COTTAGE POPULATION: Ringsaker is Norway’s largest cottage municipality, here from Sjusjøen.

Several reported having moved

In July, 252 people across the country reported moving into the cabin, according to data VG obtained from the population registry. They are 37 more than the previous year.

191 said he moved in August, but this figure is not definitive, according to the Population Register.

Here is an overview of how many people have reported moving into the cabin in the past few years:

Month 2019 2020 2021 2022
January 2 149 164 187
February 6 90 117 121
Mars 74 337 152 160
April 81 130 135 128
May 84 144 144 171
June 111 147 244 217
July 102 137 215 252
August 145 179 257 191
September 120 166 191
October 145 165 167
November 112 176 177
December 69 148 146


The National Register of Citizens says that reporting a move to the cottage can have serious consequences and says that people should familiarize themselves with the regulations and possible consequences before reporting a move.

There’s nothing in the National Register of Citizens Act that says you can’t live in the cottage. What the National Register Act says is that you need to be registered where you spend most of your time, says Director Elin Imsland in the National Register in an email to VG.

– If you send a move notice to a place where you don’t have your normal 24-hour rest, that’s considered a fictitious move notice and violates regulations, adds Imsland.

INQUIRY: National Citizen Registry Director Elin Imsland encourages people to think twice before announcing the move to the cottage.

If the cabin is in another municipality, access to municipal services such as the family doctor, places and school and maternal activities is lost, they warn.

– There are many actors who use your registered address information. For example, your municipality, the health system, the bank, the NAV and the Norwegian electoral office. They need the address you’re registered with to be where you actually live, Imsland says.

It can mean more taxes

But the profit on the electricity bill can increase during the rotation.

The home registered with the population will be counted as a main home and the former primary home will be counted as a secondary home.

Primary residences are valued for tax purposes at 25% of the presumed market value, while secondary residences are valued for tax purposes at 90% of the presumed market value, according to The tax authority.

– It will have the greatest consequences for people who are able to pay wealth tax, or for those who, for example, own houses or apartments in cities where prices are high, who now get the house as a second home and therefore they come in a position for wealth tax, says User Dialogue Director Marta Johanne Gjengdal of the Swedish Tax Agency.

EXPENSIVE: Reporting a move to the cottage can mean a tax increase. Here from Beitostølen.

Moving the cabin can also have consequences for the sale or rental of the house.

If you haven’t lived in the house you intend to sell for at least one of the last two years prior to the sale, 22 percent of the gain will be taxable, according to the National Register of Citizens.

Furthermore, if you rent, the move can also affect the tax.

– When you rent less than 50 percent of your primary home, calculated based on the home’s total rental value, your income will generally be tax free. When you rent a secondary home, the rental income is taxable, says Gjengedal.

Read also: The owner of the cabin fears NOK 100.00 in electricity costs

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