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Kindergartens and schools

Children between the ages of one and five may attend pree-school day care centres. It is a voluntary service that provides children with a place to stay while their parents are at work. Parents must pay for their children to attend pre-school day care centres. Education for children between the ages of 6 and 15 is compulsory. It is divided into primary school (age 6-12) and lower secondary school (age 13-15). All children in Norway are entitled and obliged to attend primary/lower secondary education. Tuition is free. Children between thes ages of six and nine may attend a before and after-school programme (SFO). This is a voluntary service and parents must pay a share of the costs. Anyone who has completed primary/lower secondary education is entitled to three years of upper secondary education. This tuition is voluntary. Upper secondary education is also free in Norway.

Boys and girls attend kindergarten together and are schooled in mixed classes.  Boys and girls often participate together in the same activities in their spare time after kindergarten and school, both organised leisure activities and informal play.

  • Pre-school day care centres »

    The municipalities are responsible for pre-school day care centres in Norway. There are both private and public pre-school day care centres for children between the ages of one and five. Submit an ...

  • Primary and lower secondary schools »

    All children in Norway must attend school for ten years. The first ten years of the Norwegian school system is called ‘grunnskole’, which comprises primary and lower secondary education. Children s...

  • Before and after-school programme (SFO) »

    All municipalities must offer a before and after-school programme from the first to the fourth grade, and for children with special needs from the first to the seventh grade. This means that childr...

  • Upper secondary school »

    Young people who have completed primary/lower secondary education or similar, are entitled to three years of upper secondary education. After completing three years of upper secondary education, st...

  • Parent-teacher cooperation »

    It is important that the school and parents cooperate on children’s learning. Dialogue between parents and the school is therefore closer in Norway than in other countries. Usually, the parents and...

  • School transport »

    Primary school and lower and upper secondary school pupils are entitled to free school transport if the distance to the school is more than: 2 km for pupils in the first grade 4 km for pupils i...

  • Special language tuition »

    Pupils in primary/lower secondary school and upper secondary school are entitled to special tuition in the Norwegian language, tuition in their mother tongue and/or bilingual tuition in school subj...