If you were born on 1 September 2006 or later and you have a Norwegian mother or father, you automatically became a Norwegian citizen at birth. This applies regardless of whether you were born in Norway or abroad, and regardless of whether or not your parents were married.
If you were born before 1 September 2006, you became a Norwegian citizen at birth if
If your father was Norwegian, but he was not married to your mother, you did not automatically become a Norwegian citizen. However, if you are under the age of 18, you can easily become a Norwegian citizen by handing in a notification of Norwegian citizenship.
If you were born before 1979 and you are uncertain about whether you became a Norwegian citizen at birth, you can contact the UDI for more information.If you do not meet the requirements for becoming a Norwegian citizen, you may apply for a residence permit for those who had a Norwegian parent when they were born.
If your parents were citizens of Sweden, Denmark, Finland or Iceland, and became Norwegian citizens by submitting notification before you turned 18, you automatically became a Norwegian citizen if you
If you did not lose your original citizenship automatically, your parents must have submitted an application to your home country for you to be released from this citizenship (and enclosed a declaration of release) when they submitted notification of Norwegian citizenship in order for you to automatically have become a Norwegian citizen.
If you were adopted by a Norwegian citizen on 1 September 2006 or later, you automatically became a Norwegian citizen if you
If you were adopted before 1 September 2006, you may have become a Norwegian citizen when you were adopted, or have become one later after handing in a notification or application.
If you have not become a Norwegian citizen, and are still under the age of 18, you can become Norwegian now by handing in a notification. Please contact the UDI for information about what you need to do to become Norwegian.
Surrogacy means that a woman ( the surrogate mother) agrees to give birth to a child and hand over the child to someone else when it is born. Surrogacy is not allowed in Norway, but some people still choose to enter into surrogacy agreements with women in other countries.
There are no specific rules for determining/transferring who the mother and father of a child born after the use of egg donation/surrogacy are. This means that the woman who gives birth to the child is the child’s mother and that paternity is determined in the same way as for other children, as described in The Children Act.
Even if the egg or sperm is donated by a Norwegian citizen who wishes to receive the child, the child does not become Norwegian until the parenthood has been transferred. When parenthood has been transferred, the child automatically becomes Norwegian.
Please contact The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (bufdir.no) if you have questions about surrogacy, parenthood and adoption.