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Norway - Apply Citizenship for Nordic Citizen

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By Application

  1. Register your application for citizenship online through the Application Portal Norway:
  2. When you register your application online, you pay the fee at the same time and book an appointment to hand in necessary documents to the local police.
  3. Applicants who cannot register their applications online must fill in a form. The form must be handed in to the police together with necessary documents.
  4. In larger towns there is often a special police office for such requests. Please contact the police to ask where and when you can hand in the documents and application form. To contact the police:
  5. You pay the fee online when you register your application or to the police when you hand in the documents.
  6. Once your application has been submitted, the police will check if it has been completed correctly and that the papers are in order, and they will then send the case to the Directorate of Immigration for a decision.
  7. You will be automatically notified by post that the immigration authorities have received your application. The notification will contain information about the case-processing time.
  8. If your application for citizenship is rejected, you may appeal the decision. Appeals against rejections shall be sent to the same place you submitted the application. The Immigration Appeals Board is the appeal body.

By Notification

  1. Submit notification online. Register your notification through the Application Portal Norway:
  2. At the same time you book an appointment to hand in necessary documents to the local police or an embassy.
  3. Applicants who cannot register their applications online must contact the police or the nearest embassy to ask where and when you can hand in the documents. You must then also fill in and hand in a form "Notification Concerning Norwegian Citizenship for Nordic Citizen"

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Required Documents[edit]

In addition to the online application or the completed notification form on paper, you must submit certain other documents. You can find information about which documents you need to hand in on the notification form:

  • Notification concerning Norwegian citizenship for Nordic citizens

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration

Mail address


Postboks 8108 Dep.

NO-0032 Oslo



The e-mail address cannot be used if you have questions regarding applications or rules and procedures. Contact: for these types of inquiries.

Visiting address


Hausmanns g. 21

0182 Oslo



  • For general inquiries, please call the switchboard at +47 23 35 15 00 between 8.0015.45, Mon-Fri


Contact Information for the Police:

To search for Norway's diplomatic and consular missions abroad:

More contact info:

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By Application

  • are above the age of 12
  • have lived in Norway the past two years and will continue to live in Norway
  • have clarified your identity
  • have not been convicted of a criminal offence or been ordered to undergo enforced psychiatric health treatment or enforced psychiatric care

By Notification

In order to obtain a Norwegian citizenship by notification you are required to:

  • Be above the age of 18.
  • Have lived in Norway the past seven years.
  • Have not been convicted of a criminal offence or been ordered to undergo enforced psychiatric health treatment or enforced psychiatric care.

If you lost your norwegian citizenship and later only have been a citizen in another nordic country, these requirements does not apply.

Release from other nordic citizenship

If you are a Finish, Icelandic or Swedish citizen, you must apply to be released from your original citizenship before you hand in your notification, and enclose the release declaration.

If you are a Danish citizen, your Danish citizenship will automatically cease when you obtain a Norwegian citizenship. You do not need to be released from your Danish citizenship in advance.

When in doubt about how to proceed, you should contact the authorities in your country.


The fee for an application for Norwegian citizen is currently NOK 3,500.

There is no fee for giving notification for Norwegian citizenship.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

Download forms for application and notification of Norwegian citizenship:

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Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents which would help other people who would like to follow this procedure.    

Processing Time[edit]

The UDI's case processing times always vary depending on the number of applications it receives. You will find links to pages with overviews of the expected case processing times for the different situation.

Can I request that my applications is given priority?

Most applicants would like their applications to be processed faster. To ensure equal treatment, we are not able to prioritize applications, unless there are special circumstances concerning the application that must be considered.

Some applications are processed by the police or the foreign service missions. Unfortunately, the Immigration Authority cannot give any general information about their case processing times. You can ask when you submit your application. The case is normally processed more quickly if the police or a foreign service mission is processing it.

When does the case processing time begin?

The case processing times given here state how long it will take from an application is submitted to the police or foreign service mission until we make a decision. The police or foreign service mission usually sends the application to the UDI within around one week. In some cases, however, applications can remain longer with the police or the foreign service mission. The case processing times may then be longer than stated.

  • NOTE: Most applicants want their cases processed as quickly as possible, the Immigration Authority request that you do not contact them to check the status of your case before the stated case processing time has been exceeded. That will allow them to spend more time processing cases instead of answering your enquiries.

Prioritization of cases

To ensure that applicants are treated as fairly as possible, the Immigration Authority will only prioritize an application if there are exceptional grounds for doing so. If you think that your case is exceptional, you must contact the UDI in writing (letter or email), so that we can assess whether your application can be processed more quickly than other applications.

Related Videos[edit]

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Rules for applying for a Norwegian citizenship are simpler for many Nordic citizens and their children. They do not have to apply, but submit a notification instead.

If you are a citizen of Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Sweden you can acquire Norwegian citizenship by application or notification.

Required Information[edit]

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

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Need for the Document[edit]

Citizenship represents the link between a person and a state or an association of states. Possession of citizenship is normally associated with the right to work and live in a country and to participate in political life.

Norwegian nationality law follows the principle of Jus sanguinis which means, Norwegian citizenship is conferred by birth to a Norwegian parent, or by naturalisation in Norway.

Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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