Norwegians pay half tax in November so everyone has more money for Christmas

The Norwegian government offers a tax break to its citizens in the month of November so they have some extra money right before Christmas the following month

There are many things that are done to prepare for the Christmas season – even the government in Norway gets in on the action.  One unusual tradition in Norway is the November tax break.  All earnings in November are taxed half the regular amount.  As most employers pay wages around the middle of the following month, it means the extra money in November comes in right before Christmas in December.  So November is the time when employees make the most of their work hours and might even put in a little over time.