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NORWAY: Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud

General Contact Information

Full name in English:

The Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud

Full name in the national language(s):

Likestillings- og diskrimineringsombudet

Postal address:
PO Box 8048, Dep, 0031 Oslo

General email address:
Telephone number:

23 15 73 00



Other social media channels:

Facebook: Likestillings- og diskrimimeringombudet

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Norwegian, English,

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Randi Hagen Eriksrud, Head of Communication Department

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Hanne Bjurstroem

Contact Person


Elisabeth Lier Haugseth


Main Informations


The Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud shall combat discrimination and promote equality in all areas in society, regarding the following discrimination grounds; gender, ethnicity, language, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender Identity and gender Expression, and age in work life. The Ombud handles individual discrimination cases, gives statements whether discrimnation has happened. The Ombud gives legal guidance to individuals experiencing discrimination, companies and Public agencies about their duties to work for equality. The Ombud has a certain role monitoring the Government’s compliance With the UN convetions, CEDAW, CERD and CRPD.

Brief history

The Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud was established by an act of Parliament, the 1. January 2006. The Ombud is a result of a merge between the former Gender Equality Ombud, the Gender Equality Center and the Center for combating ethnic discrimination. The intention was to establish one, strong Equality Body, working with all protected grounds, in all areas in society, also multiple discrimination.
The Ombud’s mandate has been increased througout the years, now including a wide range of discrimination grounds, latest from 1. January 2014; sexual orientation, gender Identity and gender expression in all areas of society.
The Ombud is a Public agency, organised and financed under the Ministry of Children,Equality and Inclusion Affairs. The Ombud is free from instructions from the Government.

Mandate type
  • Combined tribunal-type and promotion-type
Litigation powers
  • Intervening before the court
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)noyesyesyesyesyes
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)noyesyesyesyesyes
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)nonononoyesyes
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesyesyesyesyes
Publications and reportsnoyesyesyesyesyes
Research projects (including surveys)nonononoyesno
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • Violence against women
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Hate speech
  • CERD and CEDAW
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)1657174417061632no datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)318247176186217225
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media400020001900no datano datano data
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Management details

The Ombudsperson is appointed by the Government, for a periode of six years, without reappointment. The management of the Office is led by the Ombud and five leaders; heads of the five departments.

Additional details

The Ombud’s Office is organised with five departments; Guidance, legal cases, monitoring, communication and administration. Several rpojects are organised in Cooperation between the various departments.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The Ombud nominates and appoints her or his own staff;including the management. The staff and management are public servants. Their appointment cannot be terminated when a new Ombud has been appointed.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
no data5052555558
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
GroundsFieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identityyesyesyesyesyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesyesyesyesyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes

Other grounds : Political view and membership i trade union - employment

Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
no data65000006500000650000065000006400000
We are accountable to:
  • National Ministry