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The top 10 Norwegian baby names for boys and girls

Emma and Jakob were the first-choice names for children in Norway last year.

The top 10 Norwegian baby names for boys and girls
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National stats bureau Statistics Norway published on Wednesday morning 2019’s most popular name choices for new-born babies.

Emma, ​​Nora and Sofie were Norway’s three most popular names for girls last year, while Jakob, Lucas and Filip topped the list for boys.

A total of 423 boys were given the name Jakob last year, making it the most popular name overall. 393 girls were named Emma.

Emma is the most-popular girl’s name for the second year in a row. In 2018, Lucas was the most-frequently chosen name for boys. Sofie and Jakob were the most common choices in 2017.

“Emma comes from German and means ‘great’. It previously peaked in 1880, then the name Emma was almost gone from 1940 to 1970, before it increased steadily and then exploded in 2003,” senior adviser Jørgen Ouren said in a Statistics Norway press release.

Norwegian sporting success appears to have influenced the lists, with several of the names on the 2019 also belonging to well-known names in the sports world.

Ada, which is now in sixth place, is a name shared by Ada Hegerberg, who received global recognition as the world's best female footballer in 2018 and 2019. 291 girls were named Ada last year.

Ada Hegerberg. Photo: AFP

The Ingebrigtsen brothers, the trio of superstar Norwegian long-distance runners, can also see their names high on the list.

“Many will probably recognize some of the names of the well-known Ingebrigtsen brothers from this year’s top ten. Here we find names like Henrik, Filip and Jakob [the names of the three Norwegian brothers who have all also been European 1500-metre champions, ed.],” Ouren said.

The brothers' youngest sister is named Ingrid — a name which is also in the 2019 top 10.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen. Photo: AFP

“Ada Hegerberg and the Ingebrigtsen brothers help to give these names attention, and it may be enough that parents are reminded of these names on television,” Ivar Utne, an associate professor at the University of Bergen’s Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, told NRK.

This year's list is also in keeping with trends in recent years, Utne added.

“Parents now like short and old names with a lot of vocal sound. Many go for names that were almost extinct, beautiful names that were in use 100-120 years ago. This is something parents often look for,” he said.

Top ten names in Norway in 2019:


  • Emma (393)
  • Nora/Norah (379)
  • Sofie/Sophie (326)
  • Ella (319)
  • Olivia (303)
  • Ada 291)
  • Sofia/Sophia (271)
  • Sara/Sarah/Zara (265)
  • Maja/Maia/Maya (260)
  • Ingrid (258)


  • Jakob/Jacob (423)
  • Lucas/Lukas (392)
  • Filip/Fillip/Philip/Phillip (387)
  • Oskar/Oscar (358)
  • Oliver (353)
  • Emil (347)
  • Henrik (339)
  • William (333)
  • Noah/Noa (314)
  • Aksel/Axel (311)

Most popular by county:

  • Østfold: Maja/Lucas
  • Akershus: Ella/Jakob
  • Oslo: Nora/Mohammad
  • Hedmark: Emma/Oliver
  • Oppland: Emma/Lucas
  • Buskerud: Nora/Oskar
  • Vestfold: Sofie/William
  • Telemark: Sofie/Håkon
  • Aust-Agder: Nora/Henrik
  • Vest-Agder: Nora/Noah
  • Rogaland: Emma/Filip
  • Hordaland: Emma/Jakob
  • Sogn og Fjordane: Maja/Isak
  • Møre og Romsdal: Emma/Kasper
  • Trøndelag: Emma/Oliver
  • Nordland: Emma/Oskar
  • Troms: Ingrid/Jakob
  • Finnmark: Emilie/Oskar

READ ALSO: Norway's most popular kids' names in 2018

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How much does going to the dentist cost in Norway? 

A trip to the dentist can be painful in more ways than one, especially for your bank account, so how much will it set you back in Norway and how do you get an appointment?

How much does going to the dentist cost in Norway? 
Many dread a trip to the dentist. Photo by Yusuf Belek on Unsplash

Is dental work free in Norway?

Norway’s robust and comprehensive public healthcare system is accessible through the Norwegian National Health Insurance Scheme. Because it is so comprehensive, many make the assumption that all health issues, including dental problems, are covered by the scheme.  

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as, generally, dental care is not covered by the public healthcare system. Instead, you will have to go to a private practitioner should you have an issue with your teeth or if it’s time for a checkup. 

If you’d like to learn more about what is covered by the National Health Insurance, you can look at our guide on how the scheme works and common problems foreigners run into here.

How much does it cost?

The bad news is that, much like most other things in Norway, a trip to the dentists will set you back a fair amount, and unlike the Norwegian National Health Insurance Scheme, there is no exemption card, or frikort, after you have paid a certain amount. 

READ MORE: Seven things foreigners in Norway should know about the health system

On the bright side, dental treatment is free for children under 18, and if you are aged between 19 and 20, you will only need to stump up 25 percent of the total bill. 

In most cases, everyone over the age of 21 will be expected to pay the whole bill, apart from a few exceptions, which you can read about here

The cost of dentistry can be reimbursed or subsidised if you meet any of the 15 conditions that will entitle you to claim support from The Norwegian Health Economics Administration or Helfo.

Helfo is responsible for making payments from the National Insurance Scheme to healthcare providers and reimbursing individuals for vital healthcare services not covered by the insurance scheme. 

The list of conditions includes essential work, such as having an oral tumour removed, for example. You can take a look at the 15 conditions for which you claim help from Helfo here.

You can also apply to the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) for financial assistance relating to dental work.

How much you are eligible to receive from NAV will depend entirely on your situation. 

Below you can take a look at the rough cost of some common dental work in Norway. 

  • Examination/appointment- 600 kroner 
  • Examination/appointment with tartar removal and x rays- 1,000 kroner 
  • Small filling- 900 kroner 
  • Medium sized filling 1,400- kroner 
  • Large filling- 1,500 kroner 
  • Tooth surgically removed- 2,000 kroner 
  • Root canal filling 3,800 kroner
  • Crown- 7,000 kroner

How to book an appointment

Booking an appointment in Norway is as simple as contacting your nearest dentist. Before you book, you can typically check the price list of the dentist you will be visiting to get a rough idea of how much the visit could cost you too. 

The majority of dentists in Norway will speak good English. You can also visit an entirely English speaking dentist surgery, where all the staff will speak English, in the big cities such as Oslo if you haven’t quite gotten to grips with Norwegian yet. 

You can search for a dentist using this tool which will show you your nearest dentist in the town, city or county you live in.