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Norway/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.9 Language laws

The following acts cover language issues in Norway:

  • Language Usage in Civil Service Act (1980). The Act aims to ensure that both forms of the official languages are used in public service;
  • Sami Act (1987). The Act includes regulations on the public use of the Sami.
  • Place Names Act (1990). The Act determines the spelling of place names when they are used by public authorities at all levels.
  • The Education Act (1998) The act regulates the use of bokmål and nynorsk in primary school, the right to language education in minority languages and the right to education in sign language.

Chapter published: 20-03-2017

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