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Icelandic Dentist Moves to Norway for Lower Taxes

According to history some of Iceland’s first settlers fled Norway because of excessive taxes by the king. Now the situation seems to be reversed.

After the crash of 2008 a lot of Icelanders have gone to Norway for find work. This is especially true of doctors, dentists and other specialists. Now a dentist who has been working in Norway but got some income in Iceland has decided to move his permanent taxpaying home to Norway so that he would reduce taxes.


Sigurjón Benediktsson has been working as a dentist in Húsavík for many years. He worked in Norway in 2010 and paid taxes there. However, he also had income in Iceland, since he took out part of his pension. In an interview with Morgunbladid, Benediktsson said that Icelandic tax authorities seemed to interpret a double taxation agreement between Iceland and Norway in a different way than he does.

“After my experience I decided to apply for a Norwegian social security number and pay taxes in Norway in the future”, Benediktsson said. “It is much better to live in Norway.”

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