Norge; Oslo og Akershus; Oslo
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Tobacco Products
Manufacture Of Tobacco Products
12 - Manufacture of tobacco products

130 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
19 March 2007
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
30 June 2008


Tiedemanns Tobaksfabrik, the last tobacco production company in Norway, was established 230 years ago and is a subsidiary of Skandinavisk Tobakskompani since 1998. The company is partly owned by three Danish tobacco dynasties (Skandinavisk Holding 64.7%) and Precis (32,35%), which is owned by British-American Tobacco Company. At the takeover in 1998 production was guaranteed for the next ten years. On 19 March 2007 management announced that production is going to close down. The reason given is that in spite of a market share of 70% on cigarettes and 90% on rolling tobacco, the production volume has decreased so much in the last ten years that the company will close down the plant in Oslo. An additional reason is the high taxes on tobacco in Norway. Of the 266 employees in Norway, all in Oslo, all 130 workers in production will lose their jobs when manufacturing is terminated on 30 June 2008. The formal decision is to be made at the Board meeting on 19 April 2007. Details on the process to follow will also be decided at this meeting after negotiations with the unions. The unions have reacted with anger and in their press release refer to the 363 million NOK surplus that the company had last year. The unions also criticise the local administration in Oslo for not wanting industrial production, and they attack the Norwegian tax policy on tobacco which they claim has lead to decreasing production in Norway.


  • 19 March 2007: NA24
  • 19 March 2007: Fri fagbevegelse


Eurofound (2007), J.L. Tiedemanns Tobaksfabrik, Closure in Norway, factsheet number 65098, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/65098.