Annual report

An annual report is a statement from the board and general manager that provides information about the development of the company and the prospects for future operations.

Who needs to submit the annual report?

Companies with an accounting obligation, that are not classified as "small companies" must prepare an annual report. If you have an enterprise subject to the accounting obligation which, under the Accounting Act, is covered by the definition of "small enterprise", you will not need to prepare an annual report. One of the criteria for being considered a small company is that the sales revenue is less than NOK 70 million. Most companies covered by the accounting obligation will be considered small in terms of accounting and need not to submit an annual report. 

The Limited Liability Companies Act on annual accounts and annual reports (in Norwegian only)

The contents of the annual report

The annual report is a report from the board of directors and the general manager which gives an account of developments in the business and the outlook for the enterprise as a going concern. The Accounting Act gives detailed information about the required contents of annual reports. The annual report does not form part of the annual accounts, but is in addition to them. 

Accounting Act on annual reports for large enterprises (in Norwegian only)


In the case of businesses which are required to prepare accounts and which have a board, all board members must sign the annual accounts. If the business has a CEO/general manager, he or she must also sign the documents. Signing in Altinn fulfills the signature requirement. If the business has neither a board nor a CEO/general manager, the partners or members must sign. If one of the signees have objections to the annual accounts or annual report, he or she should sign with a statement of their reservations and provide a more detailed statement in the annual report. The annual report must be approved by the general meeting or a corresponding body no later than six months after the end of the financial year.

The Accounting Act on the signing of the annual accounts (in Norwegian only)

Submitting annual reports

If your enterprise is required to produce an Annual Report, you need to submit this to the Register of Company Accounts along with the annual accounts.

Norwegian Accounting Standards Board - NRS 16 - Annual reports (in Norwegian only)

The Brønnøysund Register Centre on the submission of annual accounts

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