FAQ: General inquiries

The Embassy is the Norwegian Government’s representative in Oceania as part of the Norwegian Foreign Service. In addition to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we also provide some services on behalf of other authorities. However, in many cases, the Embassy cannot assist, and you must instead contact the appropriate authority in Norway. Where the Embassy cannot assist, we try to direct you to the appropriate authority by providing links and or contact details. Please note that the Embassy accepts no liability for links or information provided on external websites. If you have any questions about the information provided on such websites, please contact the responsible authority.

 

FAQ 1: Translations

FAQ 2: Police certificates

FAQ 3: Birth certificates

FAQ 4: Name change

FAQ 5: Notary public services

FAQ 6: Tax

FAQ 7: Norwegian pensions

FAQ 8: Marriage abroad

FAQ 9: Legal assistance

FAQ 10: Locating friends or relatives

FAQ 11: Finding removalists, insurance companies etc.

 

FAQ 1: Translations         

For information relating to translations, please see our website.

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FAQ 2: Police certificates         

For information relating to Norwegian criminal record certificates, please see our website

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FAQ 3: Birth certificates         

For information relating to obtaining Norwegian birth certificates, please see our website.

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FAQ 4: Name change         

For information relating to name change, please see our website.

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FAQ 5: Notary public services         

The Embassy and our Honorary Consuls are authorised to perform the following notary public services if the service relates to Norway, i.e. documents to be presented to Norwegian authorities or Norwegian documents to be presented to another country’s authorities. All notary public services are provided by appointment only. You must present in person with valid ID (passport or Norwegian drivers licence). A fee is payable in accordance with our fee schedule.

Verification of signature

The Embassy can witness your signature on a document. Please note that this only verifies that you have signed the document, not the content of that document, nor that you are entitled to sign it.

Certify copies

The Embassy can certify copies of an original document. Please note that this only verifies that the copy is identical to the original presented, not the content or authenticity of the original document.

Confirm information from other Norwegian authorities

This typically includes confirmation of information registered in the National Registry, e.g. citizenship, or confirmation of valid drivers licence etc.

ID check for “leveattest

May be required for persons who receive a pension from Norway.

Legalisation

Legalisation verifies that a document has been issued by the correct authority, and the signature and/or stamp of the issuing authority. It does not entail any validation of the accuracy of the content of the document. Legalisation may be required for an official document issued in one country to have legal effect in another country. Documents are legalised by either apostilles (for countries who have ratified the Hague Convention, including Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Cook Island and Tuvalu) or authentication (including Papua New Guinea).

For Norwegian documents, apostilles are provided by the County Governor, and authentications by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For legalisation of foreign documents, please contact the appropriate country’s authorities.

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FAQ 6: Tax         

If you have any questions regarding Norwegian taxes, you must contact the Norwegian Tax Administration.

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FAQ 7: Norwegian pensions         

If you have any questions regarding Norwegian pensions, you must contact the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration.

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FAQ 8: Marriage abroad         

The Embassy is not authorised to marry. To marry in Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands, you must contact either the local authorities or the Norwegian Church Abroad.

If you as a Norwegian citizen wish to get married outside Norway, you will find information regarding the process on the Norwegian Tax Administration’s website. There you will also find information regarding how to register the marriage in Norway.

Most overseas marriages are recognised in Norway; however, there are some exceptions. For more information, please see the Ministry of Children and Equality’s website

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FAQ 9: Legal assistance         

The Embassy cannot intervene in legal cases. Nor can we recommend or give advice regarding specific legal practitioners or legal actions.

If you need legal assistance, we recommend that you contact the local law society for advice on locating a suitable practitioner.

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FAQ 10: Locating friends or relatives         

The Embassy cannot assist private persons looking for friends or relatives.

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FAQ 11: Finding removalists, insurance companies etc.         

The Embassy cannot recommend or advice regarding specific companies or service providers. For recommendations or advice regarding specific services, we suggest you search the internet and/or check with friends or relatives. You may also wish to ask members of the local Scandinavian society about their experiences.


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