Lump-sum grant on birth or adoption

Mothers who are not entitled to parental benefit can get a lump-sum grant. Mothers may also choose to receive the lump-sum grant instead of parental benefit.

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

You can get the lump-sum grant when you have a baby or adopt a child under the age of 15 and do not qualify for parental benefit, or if you choose to receive a lump-sum grant instead of parental benefit. You can get a lump-sum grant for each child you have or adopt.

You are not entitled to a lump-sum grant if you adopt your spouse’s child.

You must be living in Norway when your child is born or adopted. If you do not live in Norway, you must be a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme in some other way.

If you have had income or received benefit from NAV in at least six out of the past ten months, you may be entitled to parental benefit instead of the lump-sum grant.

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 apply for the lump-sum grant. The father cannot apply for the mother, she must send her own application. 

The mother must have documentation from the doctor that the pregnancy has lasted 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.

Apply for the lump-sum grant

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.