Living in Norway

Norwegian society is transparent and well organized. Norwegians enjoy a highly developed welfare state, where education and health services are, to a large extent, free. By many standards, Norway is a wealthy country. At the same time, Norwegians are modest and appreciative of a simpler way of life in the company of family and friends.
Capital Oslo
Languages Norwegian Sami and Kven, Main foreign language(s) English  German, French
Official Currency Norwegian krone, 1 USD was worth 7.3 kroner
Climate about 5° C (41° F ) in January to 28° C (82° F ) in July
Time Difference UTC/GMT +1 hour

Norwegian Society

Norwegian values are rooted in egalitarian ideals and Norway is a progressive welfare state. Openness, equality and equal rights are important values that you will experience when you Study in Norway.


Democracy, Justice and The Welfare State

Norway is considered to be one of the most developed democracies and constitutional states in the world. The country is a parliamentary democracy. The main political parties are grouped into three blocs: a left-of-centre bloc consisting of the Norwegian Labour Party, the Socialist Left Party and the Party Red; a centre bloc consisting of the Centre Party, the Christian People’s Party, the Liberal Party and the Green Party; and a centre-right bloc consisting of the Conservative Party and the Progress Party. The Norwegian parliament is called Stortinget, for which members are elected every four years.

The Norwegian head of state since 1991 has been King Harald V. He has no political power, but performs ceremonial duties and is generally a beloved, down-to-earth representative of the Norwegian people.

Norwegian values are rooted in egalitarian ideals. Most Norwegians believe in equal distribution of wealth and that everyone should have equal opportunities. We generally have a high degree of trust in the government and believe in the welfare state. Norway is called a welfare state because the government, both federal and local, has primary responsibility for the welfare of its citizens.

The Norwegian welfare state is mainly financed by taxes and duties paid by its inhabitants.

Norway is definitely a part of Europe but is not a member of the EU. However, the country is fully integrated into the European community in everything from trade and economy, through the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement, to education and research – for instance through the Erasmus+ programme. Norway also participates in the Schengen agreement, making traveling to and from other Schengen countries easy.


Equality and Informality

Openness, equality and equal rights in general– such as economic, social and gender equality – are important values to most Norwegians. It is also an established fact that people with physical and mental challenges should have equal rights and be treated with as much respect as other people. Naturally, international students also benefit from these values and rights. This is just one of the many reasons for you to Study in Norway.

Homosexual relations, for instance, have been legal since 1972, and same-sex couples have been able to adopt children and get married since 2009.


The Norwegian Lifestyle

The Norwegian lifestyle is strongly connected to the time spent on studies and work. The work/life balance has become more demanding, with increasing expectations of professional and personal availability.


10 Facts about Norway

 The monetary unit in Norway is the Norwegian krone, NOK.

 The length of the Norwegian coastline is 25.148 km, including fjords.

 The highest peak in Norway is Galdhøpiggen 2469 meters above the sea.

 Norway and Europe’s northernmost point is the North Cape.

 Kirkenes, Norway, is as far east as Cairo, farther east than Finland, and only 9 miles (15 km) from the Russian border.

 Norway has the highest concentration of fjords in the world. Two of these, the Geiranger Fjord and the Nærøy fjord, feature on the Unesco World Heritage List.

 The Lærdal Tunnel is the world’s longest road tunnel at 15 miles (24.5 km).

 The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Norway by a Norwegian committee.

 Snorre Sturluson’sHeimskringla (The History of Kings), written in the Old Norse Period (A.D. 750–1300), is still a bestseller in Norway today.

 Norway was one of the founding nations of the United Nations in 1945, and the first U.N. Secretary-General was Norwegian Foreign Minister, Trygve Lie.

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