Sideline activities

Non-academic free time activities as a private person

Non-academic free time activities you take part in as a private person, as a rule, are not considered as work. Therefore, these activities do not require a permit for sideline activities.

However, some free time activities that can be characterized as work will require a permit for sideline activities.

Voluntary work in an association 

The rules vary according to whether you carry out activities in an association or an interest group. If you carry out activities in an organization, you normally need a permit for sideline activities. 

What is an association?

An organization is a group with: 

  • a common purpose
  • public financial support
  • an elected board
  • people employed
  • membership fee

If you are a member of an organization, you normally have to have a permit for sideline activities. 

Voluntary work in an interest group

If you carry out activities in an interest group, you do not need a permit for sideline activities.  

What is an interest group?

An interest group is a group of people who meet around a common interest with: 

  • No public financial support (small tokens of appreciation by members and members paying for specific activities is ok)
  • No people employed
  • No membership fees
  • No elected board 

If you carry out activities in an interest group, you normally do not need a permit for sideline activities. 

Examples of accepted activities - no permit needed 

  • Join a class trip with your child’s school
  • Volunteer in your child’s sports club or school (set up for events, launder sports uniforms, stand in booths at events, etc.)
  • Be active in a student association and organize Friday bars or debate clubs
  • Be on the school board in your child’s school/institution or house-owners’ association
  • Volunteer collector in an NGO 

Examples of non-accepted activities – permit is needed 

  • Coach, teach, etc. in your child’s sports club
  • Be a professional board member
  • Help-out in NGO shops

Please note that these are only examples and not a complete list of types of activities that do not require a permit for sideline employment. 


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