Norway -- Age of Consent

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NORWAY LAWS: 1. Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all.
2. Has a national gay rights law that bans some anti-gay discrimination.
3. Allows foreign partners of its homosexual citizenry to receive residency permits.
4. Allows homosexuals in its military.
5. Inciting hatred of homosexuals is illegal.
6. Gives registered homosexual couples the same legal rights as married couples, except the right to marry in church, and the right to adopt children.
7. Only married heterosexual couples are permitted to adopt under Norwegian law.
NOTE: 1. Has 3 openly homosexual members of Parliament: Anders Hornslien (L),
John-Arne Balto, and Per-Krisian Foss (Conservative).
2. Vidar Ovesen, Deputy Finance Minister, is openly gay.

Source: http://www.interpol.int/Public/Children/SexualAbuse/NationalLaws/

Norway - Norvège - Noruega                           Oslo
When the provisions use the term ‘sexual intercourse’, both vaginal and anal intercourse are meant. Insertion of
the penis into the mouth and insertion of an object into the vagina or rectum shall be equated with sexual
intercourse.

I. Ages for legal purposes
Age of simple majority   The legal age of majority is eighteen (18) years old.

Age of consent for sexual activity
The legal age of consent for sexual activity is sixteen (16) years old.

Age of consent for marriage
The legal age of consent for marriage is eighteen (18) years old.


II. Rape
Section 192 of the Norwegian Penal Code, Chapter 19

" Any person who by force or by inducing fear for any person’s life or health compels any person
to commit an act of indecency or is accessory thereto shall be guilty of rape and liable to
imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, but not less than one year if the act of indecency
was sexual intercourse.

If as a consequence of the act the aggrieved person dies or sustains serious injury to body or
health, or the offender has previously been convicted and sentenced pursuant to this section or
section 195, a sentence of imprisonment for a term not exceeding 21 years may be imposed.
Venereal disease shall always be regarded as serious injury to body or health pursuant to this
section.

III. Other forms of child sex abuse
‘Act of Indecency’
Section 193 of the Norwegian Penal Code

" Any person who commits or is accessory to another person’s committing an act of indecency
with any person who is unconscious or for any other reason incapable of resisting the act shall be
liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years. If the offender has induced the
condition with intent to commit the felony or has been accessory thereto, he shall be liable to
imprisonment for a term of not less than one year.

Any person who exploits or is accessory to another person’s exploiting any person’s mental
illness, lack of intelligence, or morbid disturbance of mental faculties in order to commit an act of
indecency with any such person shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five
years. "

Section 194 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" Any person who commits or is accessory to another person’s committing an act of indecency
with any person by means of threats, especially underhand conduct, or misuse of a dependent
relationship shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

A public prosecution will only be instituted when requested by the aggrieved person unless it its
required in the public interest.

Section 195 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" Any person who commits or is accessory to another person’s committing an act of indecency
with a child under fourteen (14) years of age shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not
exceeding 10 years ; but not less than one year if the act of indecency was sexual intercourse.

If as a result of the act the aggrieved person dies or sustains serious injury to body or health, or
the offender has previously been convicted and sentenced pursuant to this section or section 192,
or the act has been committed in a particularly painful or particularly offensive manner, or has
been committed against a child under ten (10) years of age and there have been repeated
assaults, a sentence of imprisonment for a term not exceeding 21 years may be imposed. Venereal
disease shall always be deemed to be serious injury to body or health pursuant to this section.

A mistake as regards the child’s age shall not exclude criminal liability.

A penalty pursuant to this provision may be remitted or be imposed below the minimum specified
in the first paragraph if those who have committed the act of indecency are about equal in age
and development. "

Section 196 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" Any person who commits or is accessory to another person’s committing an act of indecency
with any person who is under sixteen (16) years of age shall be liable to imprisonment for a term
not exceeding five years.

If as a result of the act the aggrieved person dies or sustains serious injury to body or health, or
the offender has previously been convicted and sentenced pursuant to this section or pursuant to
section 192 or 195, or the act is committed in a particularly painful or particularly offensive
manner, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 15 years may be imposed. Venereal disease shall
always be deemed to be serious injury to body or health pursuant to this section.

A mistake as regards a person’s age shall not exclude criminal liability unless no negligence can
be attributed to the offender in this respect.

A penalty pursuant to this provision may be remitted if those who have committed the act of
indecency are about equal in age and development. "

Section 197 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" Any person who commits an act of indecency with any person under eighteen (18) years of age
who is subject to the offender’s authority or supervision shall be liable to imprisonment for a term
not exceeding one year.

Section 196, second and third paragraphs, shall apply correspondingly.
Section 214 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" In the cases referred to in sections 193, 194, 196, and 197, no penalty will be imposed and a
conviction will be of no effect if those who have committed the act of indecency marry each
other. "

Section 198 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" Any person shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years who commits an act
of indecency with another person by misuse of his position as a public servant or as an employee at
a hospital, sanatorium, or nursing home, or by misuse of the position he occupies as doctor,
spiritual adviser, teacher, superior, nurse or supervisor of the person concerned. Any person who
by misuse of any such position aids or abets another persons to commit an act of indecency shall
be similarly liable. "

Section 199 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" Any person who commits an act of indecency with any person who is an inmate of any institution
under the charge of the child welfare authorities, the prison administration, or the police, and
who is subject to his authority or supervision shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not
exceeding five years.

Any person who aids or abets another person to commit an act of indecency with any person with
whom he has such a relationship as is specified in the first paragraph shall be similarly liable. "

Section 207 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" Any person who commits an act of indecency with a blood relation in the descending line shall
be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, but if it is a case of sexual
intercourse for a term not exceeding eight years.

An accomplice shall be liable to the same penalty. "
Section 208 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" Any person who has sexual intercourse with a brother or sister or who is accessory to such
intercourse taking place shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

No penalty shall, however, be imposed on persons under eighteen (18) years of age. "

Section 209 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" Any person who commits or is accessory to another person’s committing an act of indecency
with a foster-child, child in his care, step-child, or any person under eighteen (18) years of age
who is under his care or subject to his authority or supervision shall be liable to imprisonment for
a term not exceeding five years.

Any person who aids or abets another person to commit an act of indecency with any person with
whom he has such a relationship as is specified above shall be liable to the same penalty. "

IV. Child prostitution
Section 206 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" Any person who misleads another person into engaging in prostitution or continuing such an
occupation, or who is accessory thereto, shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding
five years.

Any person who aids and abets or exploits another person’s engaging in prostitution shall be
liable to fines or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years. The same applies to any person
who for the sake of gain aids and abets or exploits another person’s commission of acts of
indecency.

A man who wholly or partly lives on the earnings of a woman who is engaged in prostitution shall
be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. "

V. Child pornography
Section 211 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" Any person shall be liable to fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both who :
a) gives a public lecture or arranges a public performance or exhibition of an indecent or pornographic nature,
b) publishes, offers for sale or hire or in any other way attempts to disseminate, or with intent to so disseminate, imports indecent or pornographic writings, pictures, films, videograms or the like,
c) delivers indecent or pornographic writings, pictures, films, videograms or the like to persons under eighteen (18) years of age,
d) possesses or imports pictures, films, videograms, or the like in which any person who is, must be considered to be or is presented as being under sixteen (16) years of age is shown in an indecent or pornographic manner.

In this section indecent or pornographic depictions mean sexual depictions that seem offensive or
in any other way are likely to have a humanly degrading or corrupting effect, including sexual
depictions showing children, animals, violence, duress, and sadism.

An accomplice shall be liable to the same penalty.

Any person who negligently commits any such act as is referred to in this section shall be liable to
fines or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.

Any proprietor or superior who wilfully or negligently omits to prevent the commission in his
business of any such act as is referred to in this section shall be liable to the same penalty.

In passing sentence the fact that indecent or pornographic depictions include the use of children,
animals, violence, duress, and sadism shall be treated as an aggravating circumstance.

This section shall not apply to any film or videogram that the National Board of Film Censors has
by prior control approved for commercial exhibition or sale. "

Section 212 of the Norwegian Penal Code
" Any person shall be liable to fines or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year who by
indecent conduct in word or deed offends against modesty or is accessory thereto if the offence
has occurred :
1) in public ;
2) in the presence of or against any person who has not consented thereto ; or
3) in the presence of or against any child under sixteen (16) years of age.
Any person who commits an indecent act with any person under sixteen (16) years of age or
misleads any person under sixteen (16) years of age into indecent conduct shall be liable to
imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years. If the offender has previously been convicted
and sentenced pursuant to this provision or pursuant to sections 192,195,196 or 197, or if the act
is committed under especially aggravating circumstances, imprisonment for a term not exceeding
six years may be imposed.

In deciding whether especially aggravating circumstances exist, special importance shall be
attached to how long the relationship has continued, whether the act is a misuse of a relationship
based on family ties, care, dependency or close trust, and whether the act is committed in a
particularly painful or humiliating manner. "

 

 

 

 

Subject:  La Norvège
Date: Thu, 03 Jun 1999 00:06:58 +0200
From: [removed]

I thought I'd just confirm that the age-limit of 16 in Norway is correct.....

but also... if someone has consential sex and are considered to be "equal" in the relationship, like a 16 year old and a 15 year old that 16 year old will receive a very low penalty or might not be punished at all.....

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