Lump-sum grant on birth or adoption

The mother may receive a lump-sum grant at birth or adoption if she is not entitled to receive parental benefit. If the father has sole care he may be entitled to a lump-sum grant.

Who can receive a lump-sum grant for a birth or an adoption?

In order to be eligible for a lump-sum grant, you must be a member of the National Insurance Scheme at the time you give birth to or adopt a child.

If you give birth to a child and have not earned the right to parental benefits, you may be given a lump-sum grant at the time of birth. The lump-sum grant is given for each child you give birth to.

If you adopt children under the age of 15 and have not earned the right to parental benefits, you may be given a lump-sum grant for each adopted child. This also applies if you are male and adopt by yourself.

The adoption of the child of a spouse does not qualify you for a lump-sum grant.

Read more about the regulations of lump-sum grants under the heading Regulations in the menu on the right.

Father’s Rights

The father can, in some instances, receive a lump-sum grant. This may apply

  • for every child you adopt alone
  • when you are given sole responsibility if the other parent dies
  • when you are awarded custody
  • if you within 56 weeks after the birth or adoption have assumed care of the child with the intention of taking sole responsibilty.

The father may have acquired their own right to parental benefit.

How much will you receive?

The Norwegian Parliament determines the size of the lump-sum grant.

The grant is not taxed.

How do you apply?

You must submit a written application for a lump-sum grant. If you apply for a lump-sum grant for a birth you must use the form "Application for a lump-sum grant for a birth - NAV 14-05.07". If you are applying for a lump-sum grant for an adoption you must use the form "Application for a lump-sum grant for an adoption - NAV 14-05.08".

For a birth, NAV must have a documation from the doctor when the pregnancy has lasted for 26 weeks or more.

You must apply for a lump-sum grant within six months of the birth or, in the case of adoption, being awarded custody.

When you select a form, you are automatically taken to a guide to completing the form. Here you must indicate which enclosures and what sort of documentation you must submit with your application. A cover page will also be generated. To help NAV process your application quickly and efficiently, please submit the information given on this cover page. Please enclose the cover page at the front of your letter.(this guide is only in Norwegian)

When is the lump-sum grant paid?       

The lump-sum grant is usually paid in connection with the birth/adoption.


Most of the main information about your entitlements and duties is available here in English. There are also links to other more detailed information; however, some of this information is only available in Norwegian.