Commercial surrogacy is prohibited by the Norwegian law; any type of gestational surrogacy is considered a criminal offence.
Under the Norwegian law, the surrogate is considered the legal mother of the child; she has the right to access the child and may be under the obligation of child maintenance. These legal rights are given to the surrogate mother even if she does not possess any biological relation with the child.
In case of international surrogacy, where a child is born outside the geographic boundaries of the country, legal rights will be granted to parents under Norwegian law only if one of the parents are residents of Norway or, in some cases, if the paternity recognized/established in the country of birth of the child is accepted in Norway. In cases where parenthood cannot be granted under the Norwegian law, adoption of the child may be required in order to acquire legal rights to parenthood.