Children with a Norwegian mother or father (born before 2006)

If you were born before 1 September 2006, you became a Norwegian citizen at birth if

  • your mother was Norwegian, or
  • your father was Norwegian and was married to your mother when you were born, or
  • your father died before you were born, but was a Norwegian citizen and married to your mother at the time of his death.

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.

Born before 1979

If you were born before 1979 and you are uncertain about whether you became a Norwegian citizen at birth, you can contact 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.