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Norwegian language courses

If you hold a residence permit pursuant to the EEA regulations or if you are a national of one of the Nordic countries, tuition in the Norwegian language is not mandatory. The tuition is not free. Contact the municipality where you live for information about the tuition it offers. There are also many online tuition courses available.

If you are a national of a country outside the EU/EEA and are in Norway as a labour immigrant, you may be obliged to take tuition in the Norwegian language if you later wish to apply for permanent residence. You meet the requirement if you take 250 hours of tuition in Norwegian and 50 hours in social studies or pass a specific Norwegian test. The tuition is not free. The purpose of this scheme is to ensure that everyone who can be granted permanent residence in Norway has basic knowledge of the Norwegian language and of Norwegian society.

The obligation to participate applies to everyone between the ages of 16 and 67. 

Contact the municipality where you live for more information about what applies in your case as regards tuition in Norwegian.

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