Norway promulgated new rules governing marriages outside of Norway when at least one of the spouses is a Norwegian citizen or permanent resident. A marriage that takes place outside of Norway will not be recognized in Norway if:
If any of the conditions are met, the couple may be denied family reunification to live in Norway. Basing the spouses’ ages on the time of marriage, rather than the application for family reunification, is an important safeguard against child marriages. The rules are available in Norwegian, English, Somali, Sorani, Arabic and Urdu.
Tunisia: Policymakers should work with other ministerial bodies when publishing guidelines concerning marriage contracts. Such guidelines should require public officials to inform women who intend to marry foreign men of their right to include clauses in their marriage contract to better protect their interests and human rights. Tunisia’s Ministry of Justice issued recommendations to Civil Status Officials to inform Tunisian women of the option to provide conditions in their marriage contract prior to marrying a man of foreign nationality. (See: Conditions, Not Conflict: Promoting Women’s Human Rights in the Maghreb through Strategic Use of the Marriage Contract, Global Rights, 2008, p. 27)