Who may issue notifications and which conditions are notifiable?
Anyone may notify Finanstilsynet of violations of the legislation administered by Finanstilsynet:
Finanstilsynet's whistleblowing scheme must not be used for:
If you are a customer of an institution supervised by Finanstilsynet, you should not use the whistleblowing scheme if you want to lodge a complaint. Finanstilsynet does not handle customer complaints and conflicts that arise between the institutions and their customers. More information about complaints processing can be found on our information pages for consumers:
Notification of other censurable conditions outside Finanstilsynet's area of responsibility
As an employee, you also have the right to notify other censurable conditions at your employer's undertaking, cf. Section 2 A-1 of the Working Environment Act. If you are employed in an institution that is supervised by Finanstilsynet, your employer will normally be required, pursuant to the Working Environment Act, to prepare procedures for internal notification. You can choose whether to notify internally to your employer, or externally to a public authority. More information can be found on the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority’s website:
If Finanstilsynet receives a notification of censurable conditions that are another public authority's area of responsibility, the whistleblower will be referred to the appropriate authority.
How to notify
You can choose to notify anonymously or to use your name and contact details. Finanstilsynet receives and follows up notifications and may keep in contact with the whistleblower as and if required. This can happen anonymously through the online whistleblowing portal, even if the whistleblower has not identified him/herself.
Anonymous whistleblowing portal
If you wish to report anonymously, we recommend that you do so through the whistleblowing portal without providing contact information. You will find a contact form in the whistleblowing portal that can be used for notifications. You can also send attachments in the whistleblowing portal. The portal has a secure mailbox that enables anonymous communication with Finanstilsynet.
You can notify by calling our whistleblowing hotline on (+47) 22 93 97 00. The whistleblowing hotline is normally staffed during opening hours. Phone calls are not recorded. You can schedule a personal meeting by calling the whistleblowing hotline.
You may send a letter to Finanstilsynet's at the following address:
P.O. Box 1187 Sentrum
Duty of confidentiality and whistleblower protection
Even if the whistleblower has not reported anonymously to Finanstilsynet, we will seek to protect the whistleblower's identity within the limits of the law. No right of access is normally given to notifications, tips and other documents about offences from private individuals.
The scope of Finanstilsynet's duty of confidentiality in a whistleblowing case depends on what is notified. If the notification concerns censurable conditions at the employer's undertaking, Finanstilsynet is, pursuant to the Working Environment Act, obliged to prevent other persons from gaining knowledge of the employee’s name, also in relation to parties to the case.
Protection of whistleblowers in an employment relationship
According to the Working Environment Act, whistleblowers in an employment relationship are protected against retaliation from the employer.
Feedback from Finanstilsynet
As a whistleblower, you will not receive feedback about the status or result of your notification.