The country of Norway borders, but is not part of, the European Union. Because of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement and because Norway is part of the European Free Trade Association however, a lot of EU legislation is transposed into their laws.
- Read an article titled Norwegian digital accessibility legislation in 2023 (with links to Norwegian accessibility policies)
- 2018 article with many still-useful links to Norwegian accessibility information It’s illegal to have an inaccessible website in Norway — and that’s good news for all of us
- In 2021 Norwegian law implemented the EU Web Accessibility Directive for public sector web sites. >https://www.uutilsynet.no/webdirektivet-wad/stortinget-har-vedteke-nye-krav-om-universell-utforming-av-ikt/872) This meant that as of January 2023 all public sector websites in Norway need to comply to WCAG 2.1 AA (EN 301 549) and publish an accessibility statement. The standard for private sector websites, based on an earlier law, is a subset of WCAG 2.0 AA, although WCAG 2.1 AA is recommended.
- Read information in English about Norway’s digital accessibility commitment. This page begins with the statement “In Norway, we want a society where everyone can participate. Therefore, universal design of ICT is a legal requirement for both public and private sector.”
- The Monitoring body in Norway is actively notifying public sector bodies that don’t publish an accessibility statement that they can can expect daily fines of NOK 5,000 (approximately 435 euros or 475 dollars) per day. At least 5 organizations have received an an official warning.