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Norway has a crime victim compensation program to provide financial compensation for victims of violent or personal crime.

Eligibility Requirements

Report to police. Yes, without undue delay; exceptions are made.

Filing period. Within 3 years; exceptions are made.

Foreign citizen eligibility. Citizens of foreign countries are eligible to apply for compensation.


Victims of violent or personal crime
Dependents of homicide victims
Citizens of Norway who are victimized in a foreign country


A claimant can obtain an application form for compensation from the police station, the advisory agencies for victims of violent crime, the county governor, the National Insurance Office, or the Ministry of Justice. The application should be sent to the Claims Office for Victims of Violent Crimes in Vardoe, Norway. The claimant will receive notification of the program's decision within 6 months. Compensation is received between 1 day and 3 weeks after the decision. The decision can be appealed to an appointed administrative body, the Compensation Board for Victims of Crime.

Benefits and Award Limits

For all payments made after July 1, 2001, the maximum award is 20 times the national insurance base rate, or approximately NKr1,000,000. If the amount of the loss is less than NKr1,000, no compensation will be paid.

Compensable costs

Medical and dental expenses
Mental health expenses
Loss of income
Lost support for dependents of deceased victims
Pain and suffering
Funeral expenses
Travel expenses
Damage to ordinary clothing, glasses, artificial limbs, or other articles for personal use that were damaged when the crime occurred

Special compensation is available for persistent injury when the degree of disability is 15 percent or more.

Emergency awards. The program may give a prepayment if the award decision is delayed due to no fault of the claimant and if it would be reasonable to do so.

Funding sources. The program is funded through tax revenue.

Contact Information

Kontoret for Voldsoffererstatning (Claims Office for Victims of Violent Crimes), Boks 253, 9951 Vardoe Norway
Telephone: 47 78 98 95 00
Fax: 47 78 98 95 10
E-mail: post@voldsoffererstatning.no
Internet: www.voldsoffererstatning.no

Languages used—
• On application forms: Norwegian, English
• In correspondence: Norwegian, English
• By telephone: Norwegian, English

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