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Same-sex marriage is legal in Norway, and most people are liberal and relaxed towards the gay community - Photo: VisitOSLO/Simen Myrberget
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Same-sex marriage is legal in Norway, and most people are liberal and relaxed towards the gay community Photo: VisitOSLO/Simen Myrberget

Gay and Lesbian Travel in Norway

Norway's most open and including gay and lesbian community can be found in the capital, Oslo, where gay-friendly events and venues are many.

Norwegian society is, generally speaking, liberal towards the gay community. Norway has several gay public figures and celebrities in entertainment and sports, as well as in politics and business.

Nightlife

Gay couples can go to any restaurant or bar of their choice. However, there are certain venues where you are more likely to meet other gays and lesbians, mainly in the city center.

Norway's gay nightlife is not segregated as in some other countries; gays and lesbians often go to the same places, and different age groups mix.

Popular gay hangouts in Oslo:

Popular gay hangouts in Bergen:

Major gay events in Norway

In 2014, Europride, the main LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) event in Europe, was held in Oslo.

Scandinavian Ski Pride is an annual gay happening where gay and lesbian people of all ages gather to have fun in the snow at Hemsedal, one of Norway's best known ski-resorts. In 2015, the festival takes place on March 12-15.

Same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage became legal in Norway on January 1, 2009 when a gender neutral marriage bill was enacted after being passed by the Norwegian legislature in June 2008.

Norway became the sixth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Norway has allowed same-sex civil unions since the April 30 1993 Act, which came into force on August 1, 1993. The Registered Partnership Act grants virtually all the protections, responsibilities and benefits of marriage, including arrangements for the breakdown of the relationship.

More information on getting married in Norway.

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Last updated:  2015-01-21
Experience the buzzing nightlife in Oslo, Bergen, or Norway's other major cities - Photo: Onkel Donald, Nancy Bundt/VisitOSLO
Experience the buzzing nightlife in Oslo, Bergen, or Norway's other major cities
You may get married in Norway, but the Oslo Opera House as a venue may be a bit over the top - Photo: MrGayEurope.com
You may get married in Norway, but the Oslo Opera House as a venue may be a bit over the top
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Same-sex marriage is legal in Norway, and most people are liberal and relaxed towards the gay community - Photo: VisitOSLO/Simen Myrberget

Gay and Lesbian Travel in Norway

Norway's most open and including gay and lesbian community can be found in the capital, Oslo, where gay-friendly events and venues are many.

Gay and Lesbian Travel in Norway

Source: Visitnorway

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