Geographical indications of origin

A sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that place of origin. It ensures that specific Norwegian products receive the protection and recognition they need.

Many foods are the result of long traditions, a high level of skill and raw materials grown under favourable growth conditions. This helps to give the products a unique taste and characteristics.

As in EU countries, it is also possible in Norway to register protected names for Norwegian agricultural products, fish and fishery products.

The use of geographical indications for wines and spirits that are produced in the geographical area concerned is prohibited. An example of this is champagne. The term "champagne" is not allowed for sparkling wine unless it is produced in the Champagne region of France.

Stiftelsen Norsk Mat
The marking scheme is administered by the Food Safety Authority through "Stiftelsen Norsk Mat" (former "Matmerk"), and it provides the opportunity to protect product names for this type of goods if they have a specific geographical origin, tradition or distinctive character.

You can find more information about geographical origin and protected designations at:

Stiftelsen Norsk Mat (Protection of geographical indications in Norway)

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