The Norwegian Mapping Authority

The Norwegian Mapping Authority bears nationwide responsibility for geographical information, operates the national property registry and undertakes all property registration in Norway.


The Norwegian Mapping Authority (Kartverket) is the national provider of geographic information for Norway. It is also the state agency for real estate registration, hosting the Cadastre and the Land Registry.

The Norwegian Mapping Authority’s international services include the Centre for Property Rights and Development, which was established in 2005 as a follow up to the Norwegian support to the Commission for Legal Empowerment of the Poor. The Centre is founded on a strong belief that security of tenure is a human right and fundamental to social and economic development. The Centre acknowledges the spectre of relevant approaches to tenure security, ranging from recognising informal rights of groups and families to individualised, registered and tradable rights. It recognises the importance of men and women having equal right to land and property.

The Centre assists with and takes part in Norwegian funded foreign aid projects related to rights to property, such as land titling, land reform, land markets, property registers, cadastral surveying and mapping. It is also engaged in helping countries to prepare geographic information, maps and related services for land management and environmental protection. The projects are mainly concentrated in former socialist states in Europe, but the Centre is extending its activities to other parts of the World. The Norwegian Mapping Authority aims at maintaining a network of Norwegian professionals and experts in land and property matters and at disseminating information about activities, research and knowledge related to the topic. The Center is also responsible for coordinating the Authority’s international activities and commitments, for instance through being partner of the UN Habitat Global Land Tool Network and affiliate member of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), among others.

The Centre can draw on the broad expertise of experienced land rights and mapping professionals within the Norwegian Mapping Authority, in addition to collaborating with other governmental institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector.

Type of partner/expertise sought

All relevant Norwegian partners

Type of expertise/competence offered

We can draw on the broad expertise of experienced land rights and mapping professionals in our projects.

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