Last year, a record number of people were granted Norwegian citizenship
Last year, 41,100 people were granted Norwegian citizenship. This is the highest number ever and the Swedes are at the top of the stats.
The Norwegian Bureau of Statistics (SSB) writes that the number of people acquiring Norwegian citizenship has increased significantly after dual citizenship was granted.
Prior to the amendment of the law, which came into force on January 1, 2020, 10,000 to 15,000 people acquired citizenship each year. In 2020, there were 19,700 people, and in 2021, there were 41,100 people.
Previously, the majority (90%) were from countries other than Europe. By 2021, 50% of citizens were from European countries.
After the Swedes, the most representative people were Eritrian, Russian, Somali, Polish, British, Danish, Thai, and Syrian.
The main rule up to 2021 was that in order to acquire Norwegian citizenship, one had to reside in Norway for seven of the last ten years. However, after the introduction of dual citizenship, the proportion of people who acquired citizenship increased and the period of residence became longer.
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