Gay Guide

Norway
Pink Star Rating

10

Capital

Oslo

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger

Scene and Culture

The position for gays and lesbians in Norway is one of the best in the world with progressive legislation and extensive protection against discrimination. However, the population of Norway is quite small so the gay scene is a little more limited compared to the larger European countries. Oslo has three gay bars, two clubs and two saunas. There is also a gay bar in Bergen. Whilst Norway is very gay friendly, as a tourist visitors might find the scene a bit tame. If you have come for the fjords and mountain scenery but want to visit the odd bar then Norway is for you.

Gay Age of Consent

16

Lesbian Age of Consent

16

Straight Age of Consent

16

Legal Notes

In 1981, Norway became the first country in the world to enact a law to prevent discrimination against homosexuals. At the same time anti-incitement to hatred laws were also passed. The uniform age of consent was set at 16 for all sexual acts in 1972. The marriage-like registered partnership law was introduced in 1993, based on the Danish law from 1989. Registered partners enjoy the same rights as heterosexuals on immigration. Gays can also join the armed forces. Recently gay rights activists have been pushing for full marriage and adoption rights. In 2004 a bill was introduced to make the current marriage law gender neutral but this was rejected by the Norwegian Parliament.

Population

4.48 million

Currency

Kroner NKr

Climate

Norway has a temperate climate with mild winters and cool summers along the coast while in the interior the winters are cold and summers are warmer. The best time to visit is during the summer from May to September. Strong winds with snow or severe frost are experienced in the Arctic winters of the interior highlands. Rainfall is heavy and frequent on the west coast with an average annual rain in Bergen of 1,958 mm. Average temperature ranges in Oslo are from -7c to -2c in January to 13c to 22c in July.

Oslo