Gay & Lesbian Travellers

Norwegians are tolerant of the non-hetero community, especially in super-liberal Oslo. Homosexuality has been legal in Norway since 1973, while the country became the first in the world to pass a law prohibiting discrimination against homosexuals. Then, in 2009, Norway became the sixth country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage when its parliament passed a gender-neutral marriage law. The new law granted full rights to church weddings, adoption and artificial insemination to married couples regardless of their sexual orientation.

Oslo has a lively LGBT scene. Contact Foreningen FRI ( for event details, including Oslo Pride. It's an easy place to be gay, but note there have been very occasional attacks on gay couples holding hands in public in the eastern areas of the city.