Updated: 23 September 2022

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Adoptions, total
Adoptions, total

About the statistics

The statistics show the number of all domestic and intercountry adoptions for one year.


Pursuant to Norwegian law, the person(s) adopting a child get the parental authority of the child, become(s) its guardian and have provider responsibility. The adopted child gets the same legal rights as the adoptive parents’ biological children, if any.

Adoption type: There are four types of adoption: step child adoptions, intercountry adoptions, foster child adoptions and anonymous adoptions. In the case of step child adoptions, the person adopting the child is the spouse or registered partner of the child’s biological father or mother.


The age of the child when adoption is granted.

Name: Adoptions
Topic: Population

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Division for Population Statistics

National and counties


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Files on individual level containing data that are processed and stored in the long term.

The statistics shall show changes that take place in the population and their effect on the composition of the population. The first statistics on adoptions produced by Statistics Norway covered 1963, but contained figures back to 1960. Since then statistics have been produced annually. The basis for the statistics from 1963 to 1965 inclusive was reports on granted adoptions that the county governors were obliged to send to the Ministry of Justice. As of 1966, the statistics were based on reports submitted to the population register. The county governors were responsible for sending these reports in the beginning, but this responsibility was transferred to the Norwegian Adoption Authority in 1987, and in 1998 to the Norwegian Youth and Adoption Authority and in 2004 to the Norwegian Directorate of Children, Youth and Family Affairs.

The statistics have a wide spectrum of users and applications, including institutes involved in researching demographics and living conditions, public administration, the mass media and private persons.

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

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Statistics Act § 10

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The adoption statistics for one year (year n) include all domestic and intercountry adoptions from Thailand, the Philippines, India and Korea which are granted in year n. In addition, intercountry adoptions carried out abroad in year n are included.

For intercountry adoptions in general: When the licence date is later than the adoption date for adoptions carried out abroad, the licence date is used in the statistics.

The data source is the central register of adoptions in the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs.

In addition to the control carried out by the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, statistical checks are carried out in Statistics Norway.

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If a figure in a table consists of less than three units, and disclosing these units can lead to identification of individuals, there are no figures given.

The comparability is generally good. See also section 3.1 on the scope of the statistics.

Table 1 was revised in 2006 in order to make it more comparable over time.

Some errors made during the collection and processing of the data are unavoidable and include coding, revision and data processing errors etc. Extensive efforts have been made to minimise these errors, and we regard these types of errors as relatively insignificant.

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