Posted on 1. July 2016 in Country Information

On June 6, 2016, the Parliament approved the first law regulating gender recognition in Norway, which comes into force today.

Norway LGR lawThese are some of the highlights of the law:

  • All above the age of 16 can change legal gender at their own will
  • No reflection period
  • The change of gender will be on official documents
  • The age for change of name will be lowered from 18 to 16
  • No diagnosis is required
  • No compulsory medical intervention
  • No surgical requirements
  • No compulsory sterilisation
  • Age restrictions below the age of 6
  • Children between 6 and 16 can change legal gender if both or at least one of the parents give the consent

Read a personal narrative by Norwegian activist and TGEU Steering Committee member Stein Wolff Frydenlund about the new law and how it came into place.

Related documents:

Law amending the legal gender (proposal 74L) (in English)

Law amending the legal gender (proposal 74L) (in Norwegian)

Legislative process (in Norwegian)