TN 2 (12-94)
GN 01711.020 Norwegian Social Security Benefits
Norwegian social security benefits consist of two separate components:
1. Basic pension
The basic pension is a flat-rate benefit payable to residents in proportion to the number of years they have resided in Norway. In determining eligibility for a basic pension, any year with earnings credited under the supplementary system is automatically credited as a year of residence, even if the person did not actually reside in Norway.
2. Supplementary pension
The supplementary pension is a benefit based on the level of earnings and length of covered work.
Eligibility requirements for Norwegian old-age, survivors, and disability benefits under the basic and supplementary pension programs are stated below.
1. Old-age benefits
Old age benefits basic pension requirements are as follows:
Spouse - Spouse's supplement paid to worker if supporting a spouse who does not receive own pension
Divorced spouse - Payable under certain conditions
NOTE: If an individual wants to file for Norwegian divorced spouse's benefits, a Form SSA-2490-F4 must be obtained per GN 01711.215 and evidence per GN 01711.210. The Norwegian agency will determine whether the individual meets the Norwegian eligibility requirements.
Child - Child's supplement is paid to worker for each child under age 18
A supplementary old-age pension is payable only to a worker who:
2. Disability benefits
Disability benefits basic pension requirements are as follows:
age 16 to 67
at least 50% loss of work capacity
36 months of continuous coverage (i.e., residence before onset)
residence in Norway unless also entitled to supplementary pension or resided in Norway for 20 years
Spouse - Same as for old-age pension in 1.b. above
Divorced Spouse - Same as for old-age pension in 1.c. above
Child - Same as for old-age pension in 1.d. above
A supplementary disability pension is payable only to a worker who:
3. Survivor benefits
The deceased worker (or surviving spouse) must have had 36 months of continuous coverage (i.e., residence) and the ability to work for at least 3 years immediately prior to death or been receiving a pension for at least 3 years prior to death.
Survivor benefits basic pension requirements are as follows:
under age 67
marriage lasted at least 5 years or a child was born of the marriage or surviving spouse is caring for deceased's child(ren)
residence in Norway unless deceased entitled to supplementary pension or the deceased or widow/widower resided in Norway for 20 years
under age 67
worker died within 5 years after divorce
marriage lasted at least 25 years or 15 years if child(ren) by marriage
residence in Norway unless deceased entitled to supplementary pension or the divorced widow/widower resided in Norway for 20 years
Child - under age 18 (or under age 20 if in school and both parents deceased)
Same as for basic pension
Advise individuals that SSA cannot give official information about Norwegian benefits. Refer those who want official information to the following address.
Provisions of the Norwegian agreement