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Act No. 57 of 2003 relating to the Norwegian territorial waters and the contiguous zone.

Type of law
Date of original text

This Act defines the territorial waters, territorial sea and contiguous zone of Norway including Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Bouvet ya, Peter I's Island and Dronning Maud Land. The territorial waters shall consist of the marine territory and internal waters. The territorial sea shall measure twelve nautical miles from the baseline and all waters on the landward side of the baseline shall be internal waters. Baselines shall be declared by the King, and if not, shall be the low-water line following the coast. A zone contiguous to the territorial sea of twenty-four nautical miles is established. The maritime zones may be delimited by agreements with other States. (8 sections)
Date of consolidation/reprint
Entry into force notes
The Act entered into force on a date established by the King.
The Norwegian text is a reprinted version of Act No. 57 of 2003 as at 28 February 2011.The Royal Proclamation of 25 February 1812 shall be revoked.
Serial Imprint
National legislation, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, United Nations.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Lov om Norges territorialfarvann og tilst tende sone.