Overview of electronic signature law and its legality in Norway

Norway began recognizing electronic signatures as legally valid in 2001 with the passage of the Act on Electronic Signatures. This law gave eSignatures the same legal validity as handwritten signatures.

Norway is a tiered country, which means it recognizes qualified electronic signatures (QES) as a distinct type of signature. However, an electronic signature cannot be considered inadmissible in a court of law simply for failing to meet the standards of a QES.

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According to Norwegian law, a contract is considered legally binding anytime two individuals reach a verbal, written, or electronic agreement. Electronic signatures are also considered legally admissible, though additional proof may be required.

What is Norway’s legal model?

Norway operates under a civil law system when it comes to contracts, criminal law, property, and succession. It closely resembles a common law system in regard to insurance, constitutional law, taxation, labor relations, and banking.

Norway’s legal model is similar to the legal systems in the following countries:

Read next:Electronic signature legality in other countries.

Can I use PandaDoc in Norway?

Yes, PandaDoc eSignature complies with the existing eSignature laws in Norway. With our software, you can easily create secure and legally binding contracts. And after a contract is signed and finalized, you’ll receive an electronic signing certificate for added security.