Article | Last updated: 14/10/2019 | Ministry of Culture
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.
Act relating to equality and a prohibition against discrimination entered into force 1 January 2018.
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. 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.