In the future, Norway will allow dual citizenship


On 6 December 2018, the Norwegian parliament decided that in the future it will be allowed to have other citizenships in addition to a Norwegian citizenship.

Published: 13.10.2017 - Last changed: 28.03.2019

The Norwegian government has said that the new rules will most likely be introduced on 1 January 2020. 

As soon as we have any news, we will publish more detailed information here on our website about the new rules and from which date they will be introduced.  

The rules will change both for those who already are Norwegian citizens, and for those who are applying for Norwegian citizenship.

You must also check the rules of the other country 

In order for you to have a dual citizenship, the other country you are a citizen of must also allow this. 

You must always check whether the country you are a citizen of accepts that you get a dual citizenship, or whether you will lose your citizenship automatically if you become a Norwegian citizen.  You must check this with the authorities in this country, for example through an embassy. 

If you already have applied or if you are going to apply to become a Norwegian citizen

If you have already applied for Norwegian citizenship, or if you are planning to apply before the new rules are introduced, the old rules regarding dual citizenship still apply to you.

If you have been promised a Norwegian citizenship or if you have been told to release yourself from your previous citizenship, the old rules still apply to you. 

If you do not wish to renounce your previous citizenship, but rather wait for the new rules to apply, you can choose to not renounce your previous citizenship within the deadline given to you by the UDI. You will then risk that your application for citizenship is rejected or that your Norwegian citizenship is revoked, but you can apply again after the rules have changed. If the UDI revokes your Norwegian citizenship, we will at the same time give you a permanent residence permit in Norway instead. 

If you have previously been a Norwegian citizen

When the new rules are introduced, it will also be possible to apply to get back your Norwegian citizenship if 

  • you have lost your Norwegian citizenship because you became a citizen of another country, or
  • the UDI has revoked your Norwegian citizenship because you did not renounce your original citizenship within the deadline you were given.

You will then be able to apply through a simplified application process, which means that it will for instance not be required that you are currently living in Norway.

You must still check whether the country you are now a citizen of accepts that you have dual citizenship. You must check this with the authorities in this country.

If you have not lived in Norway for at least two years before you turn 22

If you became a Norwegian citizen automatically when you were born and you have not lived in Norway for at least two years, or in another Nordic country for at least seven years, before you turn 22 years, you will still lose your Norwegian citizenship automatically when you turn 22. These rules will not be changed.

This is only the case if you are also a citizen of another country. If you are only a Norwegian citizen, you will keep your Norwegian citizenship automatically, even if you have never lived in Norway.

If you are in the group that might lose its Norwegian citizenship, and you wish to keep it, you must apply to keep your Norwegian citizenship before you turn 22.

If you are a Norwegian and wish to become a citizen of another country

In the future, you will able to have dual citizenship if you are a Norwegian citizen and you wish to become a citizen of another country, according to Norwegian law.

The new rules will, at the earliest, be introduced on 1 January 2020.

You must still check whether the country you wish to become a citizen of, accepts that you keep your Norwegian citizenship. You must check this with the authorities in this country.

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