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The school system

  • The day care centre/school system »

    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 mus...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Higher education »

    Higher education Norway has seven universities, 27 university colleges and five specialised, state-owned university institutions. In addition, Norway has a variety of private institutions for high...

  • The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund »

    The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) is a government agency that provides financial support to students. The support is given as grants and loans. A grant is money that is given t...

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