Dual Citizen Information
On 6 December 2018, the Storting (Norwegian parliament) adopted a resolution that entitles anyone who is, or wishes to become, a Norwegian citizen to dual citizenship. This means that Norwegians will be able to retain their Norwegian citizenship if they become citizens of another country. The same principle will apply to citizens of other countries if they satisfy the conditions for Norwegian citizenship. Those who have lost their Norwegian citizenship under the existing rules will be able to reclaim it. The Norwegian government has said that the new rules will most likely be introduced on 1 January 2020. Until then, the existing rules regarding dual citizenship still apply (see below).
The Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is the central agency in the Norwegian immigration administration, and can answer questions about the citizenship rules. Here is the contact info for the UDI. The Directorate will post updated information about the changes in the law on their website; please visit udi.no.
According to current law, you can have dual citizenship if
- you wish to acquire Norwegian citizenship, but for various reasons cannot be released from your previous citizenship.
- To become a Norwegian citizen, you must in principle renounce your previous citizenship, but some can be exempted from this requirement.
- If one of your parents is Norwegian, you probably automatically became a Norwegian citizen when you were born. If your other parent's home country has the same rule, you will also be given that country's citizenship and you will thus have dual citizenship. This only applies if you automatically became a citizen of both countries when you were born, and not if your parents took any action (for example submitted an application or notification) in order for you to be granted the second citizenship.
- You will not lose your Norwegian citizenship if you have been granted a new citizenship without having asked for it, and, in such cases, you will have dual citizenship. This can happen in some countries, for example because you have married. If, on the other hand, you have applied for or clearly accepted citizenship in another country, you will normally lose your Norwegian citizenship.
- you received one citizenship from each of your parents when you were born.
- you have Norwegian citizenship and are later granted citizenship in another country without having asked for it.
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 which rules apply in your case, you can contact the Norwegian Armed Forces.
Are you a Norwegian citizen?
Are you wondering whether you already are a Norwegian citizen? Answer the questions in this guide, and you will get an answer. https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/are-you-a-norwegian-citizen/
Please note that you must give notice if you become a citizen of another country
If you or your child becomes a citizen of another country, you must give notice to the Norwegian authorities.
- If you live in Norway, you must contact the tax office where you live.
- If you live abroad, you must contact a Norwegian embassy or consulate.