In 2021, more people became Norwegian citizens than in the previous year. Let’s look at the numbers on the back of the record.
Until recently, most people applying for Norwegian citizenship had to relinquish their previous citizenship. This has resulted in a relatively small number of new Norwegian citizens compared to other European countries.
Following recent law revisions Allow dual citizenship in Norway, These numbers were expected to increase significantly in 2021. In the end, it was more than three times the normal year.
Successful application Norwegian citizenship gives the applicant the same rights as a Norwegian citizen born in Norway.This is the last step after permanent For those who want to fully blend into Norwegian life.
Over 40,000 new citizens of Norway
During 2021, a total of 41,100 people were granted Norwegian citizenship. Prior to dual citizenship, the number of new citizens was typically 10,000 to 15,000 per year for the past 15 years.
Authorities say the increase is due to the new dual citizenship law. Due to the delay in processing the application in 2020, many were granted citizenship in 2021.
This was partly due to a pandemic and partly because the system was overwhelmed by new applicants.
Where did the new citizen come from?
The introduction of dual citizenship law has also affected the origins of new citizens.
Those who wish to apply for Norwegian citizenship usually have to live in Norway for at least 7 years and pass. Norwegian language exam Among other requirements.
However, many have postponed their application because they had to waive their previous citizenship before they could acquire Norwegian citizenship. This is especially true for Europeans and is highlighted in the latest statistics.
Over the past few years, the majority of Norwegian citizenship has come from countries other than Europe. In 2019, nearly 90% of successful applicants came from countries other than the EU / EEA, mainly Asian and African countries.
On a national basis, the newest citizens were originally from Sweden (4,590), Eritrea (3,559), Russia (3,216), Philippines (1,955), Somalia (1,831) and Poland (1,727).
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The number of applicants from the UK was particularly noticeable. In the last few years, on average, only 53 British citizens have become Norwegians. However, by 2021, that number increased to 1,578, demonstrating the impact of Brexit with changes to dual citizenship law.
In 2021, a total of 1,210 US citizens became Norwegians. This has increased by an average of 50-250 per year over the last decade.
More long-term residents applied
Previously, most new Norwegian citizens applied as soon as they were qualified. However, during 2021, another change driven by the new dual citizenship law was noteworthy. More people with longer residences have applied for citizenship.
By 2020, about 30% of citizens were granted residences of eight years or more. By 2021, almost 50% had this. In 2021, about 80% of Swedes, the largest new citizen group, waited longer than necessary to apply for citizenship.
according to SSB“This indicates that many European citizens were probably waiting for an application for Norwegian citizenship until the legislative amendment to allow dual citizenship.”
Since legislative changes have been debated for many years, it makes sense that previously we would have had to abandon our previous citizenship.
https://www.lifeinnorway.net/citizenship-record-in-numbers/ New Norwegian Citizenship Record