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Registering a birth in Norway

If your child is born in Norway, you must register the birth there. If you live in the Netherlands, you must also register the foreign birth certificate with the municipality where you live. You can acknowledge parentage of the child in Norway or in the Netherlands.

Registering a birth

If your child is born outside the Netherlands, you must register the birth with the local authorities. Such authorities include the local registrar of births, deaths, and marriages, and the municipality in which you live. After registering the birth, a birth certificate will be issued.

Attention: If you live abroad your child will not automatically receive a BSN. See how to get a BSN.

Rules for registering a birth and choice of name

You can find the Dutch rules for registering a birth and choosing a name for the child on government.nl. Other rules may apply abroad. For example, there may be different rules concerning the use of surnames or other writing systems (such as Japanese or Arabic).

Does your child have Dutch nationality?

If you are a Dutch national and you have a child with someone who has a different nationality, under the current rules, your child automatically receives Dutch nationality if, on the day of the child’s birth, one of the following conditions are met:

  • The mother of the child is a Dutch national.
  • The father of the child is a Dutch national and is married to or is the registered partner of the mother who does not have Dutch nationality.
  • The father of the child is a Dutch national and – although not married to or the registered partner of the non-Dutch mother – has acknowledged parentage of the child.

If both parents are Dutch nationals, your child automatically receives Dutch nationality at birth.

Dual nationality

In some cases a child may have more than one nationality. To find out if your child has another nationality in addition to Dutch nationality, consult the authorities in the country where you live.

Attention: Children under the age of 18 can also lose their Dutch nationality. Read more about minors and the loss of Dutch nationality.

Registering a foreign birth certificate in the Netherlands

If you live in the Netherlands but your child happened to be born abroad, you must register the foreign birth certificate with the municipality where you live. Do this as soon as possible once you return to the Netherlands. The municipality will then update the Personal Records Database (BRP).

Attention: Sometimes you may need to have a foreign official document legalised first. Legalisation is usually done in the country where the document originates. Find out whether you need to have your document legalised and, if so, how.

Converting a foreign birth certificate into a Dutch birth certificate

If you wish, you can have a foreign birth certificate converted into a Dutch birth certificate by the Foreign Documents Department of the municipality of The Hague.

This is not mandatory but it will make things easier in the future if you or your child ever need an official copy of their birth certificate. An official copy of a birth certificate bears a stamp and the signature of a Registrar of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Registered Partnerships. This will save you or your child having to request one from abroad. Instead, you or your child just request an official copy online from the municipality of The Hague.

Find out how you can have foreign official documents converted into Dutch ones.

Acknowledging parentage of a child while abroad or in The Netherlands

Acknowledging parentage of a child while abroad

The rules for acknowledging a child vary by country. In some countries, you will need to follow certain procedures in order to obtain a deed of acknowledgment. In other countries, if a parent’s name is stated on the birth certificate this automatically means they acknowledge parentage of the child.

A deed of acknowledgment issued abroad is not always legally valid in the Netherlands.

Acknowledging parentage in the Netherlands of a child born abroad

If your child is born abroad you can acknowledge parentage in the Netherlands at any time. So it's not a problem if acknowledging the child abroad is not possible. You can also authorise someone to do this on your behalf in the Netherlands. You can find more information about acknowledging parentage of a child on government.nl (in Dutch).

Registering a birth and acknowledging parentage of a child in this country or region

Concerning birth legislation the following rules apply:

  • In all cases children get the mother's nationality
  • Are the parents married or has the father acknowledged the child, then the child will get the father's nationality as well
  • Children of Dutch citizens that are born in Norway or Iceland, do not automatically get the Norwegian, but will be Dutch citizens

Apostille

Is your child born in Norway or Iceland, then it will have a birth certificate issued there. In order to use a non-Dutch document for the application of a Dutch travel document, you will need to get the document legalised. This means that it has to be provided with an apostille stamp from the Fylkesmann.

The Birth of a Dutch Child in Norway

A Dutch child that is born in Norway will be registered in the Norwegian register. The midwife or doctor at the hospital notifies the local authorities about the birth.

If the parents are not married, the father can acknowledge the child at birth by filling in a form. By doing so, the father also gets parental authority over the child.

After a few days until one week after birth, you will receive a form with which you can give the name of your child. In Norway you have up til 6 months after birth to do this. The form has then to be sent back to the register. After this you will receive the birth certificate by mail. Please make sure that all the information is correct.

In Norway you can choose whether the child should have the father's or the mother's last name. It is also possible that the child gets both names joined by a hyphen, e.g. Jansen-Meijer.

Another possibility is to give the child one of the names as ‘mellomnavn’ (middle name). In the Dutch passport this name will be placed after the given name.

More information can be found on folkeregisteret

Parents are married

If both parents have the Dutch nationality, a child born in Norway will also be Dutch.

If one of the parents has the Dutch nationality and the other has a different nationality, the child will get both nationalities (dual nationality).

Parents are not married

If both parents have the Dutch nationality, a child born in Norway will also be Dutch.

If the mother is Dutch, the child will automatically become Dutch as well. If the father has a different nationality and has acknowledged the child at birth, the child will also get his nationality and will therefore have a dual nationality.

If the father is Dutch and has acknowledged the child (born after 1 March 2009) and the mother has a different nationality, the child will also have a dual nationality.

For children born before 1 March 2009, a different law applies.

More information on this topic can be found at www.wetten.nl.