A record number of people were granted Norwegian citizenship last year

Red Norwegian passportPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB
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Last year, 41,100 people were granted Norwegian citizenship. This is the highest number ever, and the Swedes top the statistics.

Statistics Norway (SSB) writes that the number of people who receive Norwegian citizenship has risen considerably after dual citizenship was allowed.

Before the change in the law that took place on January 1, 2020, between 10,000 and 15,000 people received citizenship annually. In 2020, the number amounted to 19,700, and in 2021, to 41,100.

Previously, people from countries outside Europe were in the majority (90%). In 2021, 50% of those who received citizenship were from a European country.

After the Swedes, the most represented people were Eritreans, Russians, Somalis, Poles, Britons, Danes, Thais, and Syrians.

Up to and including 2021, the main rule was that one had to have resided in Norway for seven of the last ten years to obtain Norwegian citizenship. Following the introduction of dual citizenship, however, a higher proportion of those who have acquired citizenship have had a longer period of residence.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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