Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Oslo, Bergen
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Administration Of The State And The Economic And Social Policy Of The Community
84.12 - Regulation of the activities of providing health care, education, cultural services and other social services, excluding social security

120 - 150 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 February 2017
Employment effect (start)
1 April 2017
Foreseen end date
31 December 2018


The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH, Norwegian: Folkehelseinstituttet) must cut 120 to 150 jobs in 2017 and 2018, in order to meet new budgetary demands. NIPH is a subordinate institution to the Ministry of Health and Care Services and acts as a national competence institution for governmental authorities and the public. NIPH has offices in Oslo and Bergen.

The Government's efficiency and de-bureaucratisation reform entails cost cuts in various parts of the public sector. The Minister of Health and Care Services, Bent Høie, has thus demanded the public health care administration to meet new budgetary targets from 2017. NIPH has already downsized its staff by about 60 employees, and will need to cut an additional 120 to 150 jobs in 2017 and 2018. The institute will therefore offer severance packages to all employees. The director of NIPH has stated that the main challenge will be to combine balancing the budget, conducting a sound restructuring process and still providing public services at a sufficient quality level. Union representatives have argued that the government is deliberately downplaying the size of the cuts and labelling it as efficiency gains while in reality they are dismantling key capacity in the health care administration. 


  • 23 February 2017: Dagens Medisin
  • 23 February 2017: Dagens Medisin
  • 23 February 2017: Dagens Medisin


Eurofound (2017), Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 90578, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90578.