Sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression

Everyone is to have equal rights, irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons must be able to live openly and Norwegian authorities are making efforts to prevent discrimination.

The government's goal is to strengthen the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and combat discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

The attitudes of the population and living conditions of LGBT persons are changing over time and in a positive direction, but new research shows there is still a need for targeted and systematic efforts in this field.

The authorities are to lay the foundation for the further work together with the LGBT organisations and the LGBT Centre in the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs.

Act relating to the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression – entered into force on 1 January 2014

The new Act relating to the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, etc, was passed by Parliament in June 2013. This Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression and the prohibition applies to all areas of society apart from family life and the private sphere.

Common Marriage Act – entered into force on 1 January 2009

This Act gives all lesbian and gay persons the right to enter into marriage irrespective of sexual orientation. The Church of Norway and other faiths are authorised, but not obliged, to perform marriage ceremonies.