Introducing the folkehøgskole, yet another unique gem found (more or less) only in Norway. What is a folkehøgskole? It’s a bit hard to explain; the easiest way is that it is a sort of organized gap year. Or a kindergarten for ‘adults’ as I’ve heard it described as here in Norway. It gives students an opportunity to dedicate a year to something they’re passionate about or to discover new … [Read more...]
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Are university students happy in Norway? The latest figures show that it depends on where they are studying. 65 per cent of students in Norway are satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of teaching, but differences between institutions are huge. Students are most satisfied at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås and at the Norwegian School of Economics. The main aim of the … [Read more...]
Norway's relationship with Europe is complex. This is one university professor's viewpoint on why the Norway model wouldn't work for Britain post-Brexit. The aftermath of the Brexit referendum has intensified the debate on alternative templates for the UK’s relationship with the European Union. The Norway option The “Norway option”, an arrangement which allows Norway access to the single market … [Read more...]
The young Norwegian footballer who signed for Real Madrid is now making a name for himself in the Dutch League. As a 16-year-old, Martin Ødegaard was the name on the lips of every football fan (or at least, those who could pronounce his name) when he signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid. It brought to the end months of speculation on who the Strømsgodset star would sign for, with Bayern … [Read more...]
It costs a lot less for Norwegians to enjoy a weekend of vice than almost anywhere else in the world. Norway is the sixth most affordable country in the world for the purchase of alcohol, cigarettes and various narcotics in relation to income, according to a new survey. It's a rise from 19th place the year before. Figures relative to income Many people who have visited Norway only to be shocked … [Read more...]
Like other Scandinavian countries, Norway boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world and what's more, it's all around you to view for free at your leisure. Unfortunately, Norway is also similar to its Scandinavian cousins in the sense that it can be a pretty expensive place to live. According to the latest findings from The Economist Intelligence Unit, Oslo is now the world's … [Read more...]
One of the greatest ever Norwegian athletes, professional biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen has recently announced his retirement at the age of 44. The most successful ever male Winter Olympian, Ole Einar Bjørndalen is a true Norwegian sporting icon. He dominated the sport of biathlon for two decades, winning eight Winter Olympic gold medals and an astonishing 20 world titles in a glittering … [Read more...]
Norway's minority government has proposed to ban face-covering garments at schools, daycares and other educational institutions. The current Finance Minister Siv Jensen (Progress party), Minister of Education and Integration Jan Tore Sanner (Conservative) and Minister of Education Iselin Nybø (Liberal party) made the proposals last week at a press conference reported by NRK. The proposals are … [Read more...]
Norway's controversial Minister of Justice, Public Security and Immigration has resigned. One of the most controversial Norwegian politicians in recent times, Sylvi Listhuag, has reigned from her government position as the Minister of Justice, Public Security and Immigration. She has previously served as Minister of Immigration and Integration. Jumping a sinking ship The right-wing … [Read more...]
Norwegian footballers made a splash in the Premier League in the 1990s, but who are the famous names of today? Like most of the world, football is a pretty big sport in Norway. Following skiing and other winter sports of course! Though the men's national team of Norway has enjoyed little success of late, there are still a number of players from the country that have been, or are, successful in … [Read more...]