Dual citizenship allowed from January 1

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 […]

Parliament approves dual citizenship

UPDATED: It was a big day for long-term expatriates in Norway and Norwegians who’ve moved abroad. After years of debate, a majority in Parliament finally approved dual citizenship in Norway on Thursday for all those who have strong ties to both their homeland and their country of residence. “I think this is a day of […]

Critics try to block dual citizenship

The Center- and Labour parties are scrambling to block looming passage of a new law that would finally remove a long-standing ban on dual citizenship in Norway. Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, the protectionist, anti-EU leader of the Center Party, is among those launching a last-ditch effort to prevent Norway from allowing dual citizenship, and thus falling […]

Dual citizenship still a few years away

Norway’s conservative coalition government has decided to send a proposal to Parliament that would finally allow dual citizenship on a formal basis. It still may take a few years, however, until the application process is in place. Many foreigners living in Norway and abroad currently have dual citizenship, but they’ve won it as an exception […]

Dual citizenship put up for hearing

The Norwegian government has moved forward with its proposal to do away with the country’s long-standing principle of only allowing single citizenship. It sent its proposal to finally allow dual citizenship in Norway out to hearing just before Christmas. The conservative government coalition’s change of heart on the issue, which has been debated for years, […]

Thousands excluded from Election Day

It was pouring rain in Oslo and many other Norwegian cities on Election Day Monday. That was at least some consolation, perhaps, for the thousands of permanent Norwegian residents over the age of 18 who couldn’t brave the bad weather and troop to the polls anyway, because they’re not eligible to vote. Newspaper Aftenposten reported recently […]

Dual citizenship wins a nod, but ‘no’ to circumcision

Norway’s Progress Party has become the latest to back dual citizenship, thus creating a majority in the current Parliament in favour of allowing Norwegian citizens to have two passports. The party, meeting for its national meeting over the weekend, also voted to ban circumcision, hijabs in public schools and surrogacy, after heated debate. The voting was close […]

Conservatives open to dual citizenship

After years of debate, the Norwegian Conservative Party has voted in favour of clearing the way to allow dual citizenship in Norway. Since the Conservatives hold government power, the vote on Sunday may finally allow thousands of long-time foreign residents in Norway to feel more Norwegian as well. “This is a great victory for everyone who […]

Frp opens up for dual citizenship

One of Norway’s two government parties, the Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, Frp) seems to be leaning in favour of finally allowing dual citizenship in the country. Its government partner, the Conservatives, remains undecided while at least one of their support parties in Parliament has long favoured dual citizenship. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday that several county leaders in […]

Sp keen to exclude resident foreigners

Norway’s rural-oriented Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp) presented two key portions of its election platform on Friday that opponents claim will “punish” foreigners who have residence permission in Norway but don’t hold Norwegian citizenship. The party itself also stands to gain more power on at least one of the proposals, but claims it’s only trying to make […]