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EXPLAINED: What paperwork do you need to get married in Norway?

Aside from finding a fiancé, here are all the things you will need to do to get hitched in Norway.

EXPLAINED: What paperwork do you need to get married in Norway?
Here's what you need to do to get married in Norway.Photo by Drew Coffman on Unsplash

Getting married is one of the happiest moments of your life, but before you get to the big day, there are several things you’ll need to do before you tie the knot in Norway. 

We assume that you have already got a fiancé or are planning on proposing, so we’ll skip that step. 

Can foreign citizens get married in Norway? 

Yes, but there are some rules. 

If one partner in the couple is a foreign citizen, they will need to be in Norway legally for the marriage to go ahead. This doesn’t mean they need a residence permit, however. Instead, they can have a permit, be visiting the country legally with or without a visa, or have residence as an EU or EEA citizen. 

If both partners are foreign citizens, then the same rule will apply.

What paper work needs to be filled out? 

Before you can get married, you’ll also need to apply for a certificate to get married from Skatteetaten, the Norwegian Tax Administration. This is to prove that you meet the conditions to get married. 

Both parties will need to fill out the various forms as part of the application. 

The application you will need to fill out is the “certificate of no impediment to marriage”. You can take a look at the application here.  

The application includes a personal declaration to be filled in separately. You can take a look at the form here

You will also need witnesses, one for each person, who knows the parties. They do not need to be present at the wedding but must be over 18. Click here to take a look at the form for the witness statement.

If you are divorced according to foreign law, you will need this recognised by local government. This is a separate application that you can take a look at here

And finally, if you wish to change your name, you will need to fill out this form

Documentation of names, ages and citizenships must also be provided. The documents must be original or a copy verified by a Norwegian public authority such as the police. If you are planning on using a passport as proof, then it must be a copy. 

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How do you submit the form? 

The quickest way to apply is online. Both partners will need to have a Norwegian national identity number or a D-number to apply online. Both must also have access to a level four security electronic ID, such as Bank ID too. 

You can read our complete guide to electronic ID in Norway here

If you are unable to complete the application online, then you can submit a paper form instead. Both applications will need to be done on paper if neither can be done electronically. 

The paper forms are sent to: Skatteetaten, Postboks 9200 Grønland, NO – 0134 OSLO

Is there anything else we need to know about the application? 

If applicable, a certificate from a person’s home country or most recent country of residence showing that there is no reason why you cannot be wed in Norway must also be provided.

This certificate must be no more than four months old, and be written in English, Danish or Swedish. The certificate will also need to be an original copy and legalised with an apostille. An apostille is a stamp that confirms a public official’s signature is genuine. 

The documentation required for certain countries is a lot stricter. They will need to be certified by a Norwegian embassy in the country the document has been issued from. You can take a look at the countries which have stricter requirements here

Apart from postage, if you are doing the application on paper, the application is completely free. 

How long will the application take? 

The process to get the application approved takes around 5-6 weeks after it is received, so make sure to leave plenty of time. 

After the application is processed, you will receive a certificate. The certification is valid for four months after it is issued. If for whatever reason, your application is rejected, you can appeal here

Once the paperwork is all in order, you will need to send the certificate of no impediment to the wedding official marrying you and yourr significant other. Again, you can choose whether to send the certificate digitally or by post.

Is there any other paperwork that needs to be filled out? 

In Norway, it is also possible to draw up a marriage agreement to regulate the ownership of the couple’s assets or property. If an agreement isn’t in place, then assets and property will automatically be regulated by Norwegian marriage legislation. 

You must already have a time and date for the wedding arranged before you send the certificate to your wedding official. 

What happens after this? 

As soon you’ve gotten all your affairs in order, then you are all set for the big day and the wedding itself. On the day of your wedding, you will need to show a form of identification to the wedding official. 

Once the ceremony is complete, then the wedding official will send the wedding notification to the tax authorities within three days of the event. The tax authorities will then send a wedding certificate or via post depending on whether you have a national identity number or not. 

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  1. Dear Sir,

    I just wonder if you have an article concerning herbal/tradisional medicine in Norway

    Thank you before hand for your kind attention.

    Sincerely,

    Herry Kostofani

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CHRISTMAS

Why does Norway gift the UK a Christmas tree every year? 

Every year since 1947, the people of Norway have gifted the UK a Christmas tree displayed in Trafalgar Square during the festive period. 

Pictured is the 2019 Christmas tree.
Norway gifts the Christmas tree as a symbol of its appreciation for the UK's support during World War Two. Pictured is 2019's offering. Photo by Daniel Leal/ AFP.

One of the first things you’ll notice if you are near or around Trafalgar Square in London at Christmas is a 20-meter-high Christmas tree on display for everyone to enjoy. 

The tree is displayed every year and is a gift from Norway to the UK. The lights are normally switched on at the beginning of December to mark the countdown to Christmas. 

This year the tree will be lit up on Thursday, December 2nd at 7pm CET. 

The tree has been met with a slightly lukewarm reception on social media this year due to its sparse branches and less than healthy-looking appearance. 

One Twitter user joked, “Are we at war with Norway now?” while another questioned whether this year’s tree was a sign that “Norway has not taken the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær well”. 

A social media account for the tree, run by Westminster City Council, explained in jest that the branches of the tree weren’t missing and “social distancing” instead.

The tradition of Norway gifting the UK a tree goes back over 74 years to a couple of years after the Second World War. 

The yearly event see’s the people of Norway gift the UK a roughly 20-metre tall Norwegian Spruce, often selected months or sometimes years in advance, as a sign of their gratitude for Britain’s support for Norway during World War Two. 

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The tree, typically 50-60 years old when ready to be cut down, is felled during a ceremony attended by the British Ambassador to Norway, the Mayor of Oslo and Lord Mayor of Westminster during November. At the base of the tree, there is a plaque that reads, “This tree is given by the City of Oslo as a token of Norwegian gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during the years 1940-45.” 

It is then brought to the UK by sea, before making its way to London by lorry. The tree is then adorned with typical Norwegian decorative lights before being displayed to the public until the 12th day of Christmas. 

While the annual tradition dates back seven decades, the first Christmas tree was actually gifted to the UK in 1942. 

During a raid on Hisøy Island between Bergen and Haugesund, west Norway, resistance fighter Mons Urangsvåg cut down a Norwegian pine and shipped it back to England as a gift for the exiled King Haakon. 

King Haakon decided to pass the gift onto the UK, and so it was erected in Trafalgar Square, although with no lights due to the blackouts caused by the Blitz. 

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