Dual citizenship


From 1 January 2020, it is allowed to have one or more citizenships in addition to a Norwegian citizenship.

Who can have dual citizenship?

From 1 January 2020, it is allowed to have one or more citizenships in addition to a Norwegian citizenship. You can have one or more citizenships in addition to a Norwegian citizenship.

Even so, if the country you are a citizen of now does not allow that you have more than one citizenship, you can still lose this citizenship when you become a Norwegian citizen. You must make sure what the rules are in the country you are now a citizen of. You can for example look for information on an official website which belongs to the authorities in this country or ask an embassy.

You do not have to inform Norwegian authorities that you wish to keep your previous citizenship. 

What does it entail to have dual citizenship?

  • You have the same rights and obligations in relation to the Norwegian state as other Norwegian citizens.
  • You are entitled to have two passports, one from each country.
  • In principle, you are entitled to consular aid and help from the authorities of both countries. However, it can be difficult for Norwegian authorities to help you if you are staying in the country in which you have your other citizenship.

In principle, as a Norwegian citizen, you are obliged to serve your military service in Norway, but the rules vary depending on which other country you are a citizen of. If you have questions about military service, you can contact the Norwegian Armed Forces (external website).

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