The Norwegian government has confirmed that a new law allowing dual citizenship will take effect from January 1, 2020. From that point, both expatriates in Norway and Norwegians living abroad will be able to have passports from both their countries of birth and residence.
It’s taking time for Norway to be released from a portion of a Council of Europe convention that governs rule changes. Norway applied for the release last December, just after Parliament finally voted in favour of dual citizenship. It’s expected to be approved from December 19.
Foreign citizens with legal permanent residence in Norway will then qualify for Norwegian citizenship without having to give up their own. Norwegians who had to give up their Norwegian citizenship when they became naturalized citizens in another country will also be able to have their Norwegian citizenship reinstated.