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Information about the postal regulations

The postal regulations are a special set of rules that apply to operators within the postal sector. The purpose of these rules is to ensure good and reasonable postal services for all.

The overall general postal rules are contained in the Norwegian Postal Services Act (Act of 29 November 1996 relating to the provision of universal postal services) and the Norwegian Postal Services Regulation (Regulation of 1 July 1997 relating to the provision of universal postal services).

Both the Act and the Regulations have been amended as a result of the fact that Norway is obligated to implement the EU Postal Directive of 15 December 1997 (on common rules for the development of the internal market of Community postal services and the improvement of quality of service). A Directive amending the Postal Directive was adopted on 10 June 2002. A further Directive amending the Postal Directive was adopted on 20 February 2008. The Directive has not been implemented in Norwegian law. See here (Section 2) for more information about the Amendment Directive and the liberalisation of the European postal markets.

In addition to the general overall postal rules, the postal market is governed by the provisions of permits (licenses) for individual operators which, subject to certain conditions, have been granted the specific right to provide certain postal services. Such licenses are issued by the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications. A licence has been granted to Posten Norge AS. Otherwise only Government Administration Services and Lokalposten in Kongsberg have licences and these are limited to a small number of items per month.