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. Some activities do however require a permit for sideline activities depending on the type of your main permit.

Type 1: Researcher permit, guest researcher permit and PhD permit. Unpaid voluntary work in your free time does not require a permit for sideline activities.

Type 2: Guest PhD permit, Pay Limit permit, Positive List Permit, Trainee Permit. Several free time activities are characterized as work and will require a permit for sideline activities.

Voluntary work in an association 

Type 1: No permit is normally required.

Type 2: A permit is required.

What is an association?

An organization is a group with: 

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

Voluntary work in an interest group

Type 1: No permit is normally required.

Type 2: A permit is required. 

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 

Other types of activities

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

Type 1: No permit is normally required.

Type 2: A permit is required. 

Examples of non-accepted activities – permit is 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

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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