Maria Amelie

Madina Salamowa (Russian Мадина Саламова; known by her pseudonym Maria Amelie, born 30 May 1985 in Ordzhonikidze, North Ossetia ) is a Russian writer who was known as an illegal immigrant in Norway across the country and beyond the borders of Norway addition.

She is the author of Pax Forlag published in 2010, based on her diaries book Ulovlig norsk ( Illegally Norwegian), in which she describes her existence without papers, and she runs a widely-read blog.


Maria Amelie or Madina Salamowa came with her parents in 2000 from North Ossetia to Finland in 2002 to Norway. The family declared himself the pursued and that they feared for their lives in the Caucasus. The asylum request of the family was not accepted, so she lives without legal residence status and without indulging in Norway. During the processing of the application for asylum Maria Amelie went to secondary school and eventually studied, without authorization, to the Natural Sciences and Engineering University of Norway, Trondheim. She earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master's degree in technology and science with a thesis for the Norwegian Statoil.

In 2010 she was the Pax Forlag her book Ulovlig norsk ( Illegally Norwegian) out, in which she described her life without papers in Norway. In December of the same year she was elected by the weekly magazine Ny Tid as Årets Nordmann ( "Norwegian of the Year" ).

On January 12, 2011 Maria Amelie was arrested in Lillehammer, after she had given a lecture. She was taken into detention and deported shortly after Russia. After massive public protests against the deportation of the government of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, however, a special announced that Maria Amelie makes a return to Norway.


  • Ulovlig norsk; Pax Forlag, Oslo, 2010. ISBN 9788253033532