This page aims to provide candidates who are going to be moving to Norway with basic helpful information. Essential information, Culture and Education in Norway are provided below:

Essential info

  • Population: Just over 5 million
  • Major religions: Christianity
  • Capital city: Oslo (also largest city)
  • Legal system: Parliamentary republic
  • Main languages: Norwegian (official) and it is generally easy to communicate in English as well.
  • Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the Saturday before the last Sunday in October)
  • Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz. Two-pin, round-prong plugs are used.
  • Currency: The Norwegian Krone (NOK), which is divided into 100 ore.
  • Tipping: Service charges range between 10 to 15% in most hotels and restaurants. Taxi fares are generally rounded up to the nearest krone.
  • International dialling code: +47
  • Emergency numbers: 112 (police), 113 (ambulance), 110 (fire)
  • Internet TLD: .no
  • Drives on the: Right



There are specific areas of life where expats are likely to experience some culture shock in Norway. Foreigners eventually get used to the prices, but often find they need to budget differently, and adopt the Norwegian tradition of driving to Sweden or taking a ferry to Germany or Denmark to purchase cheaper goods. There is also a Norwegian social value called Janteloven, which can be difficult for expats to understand. It is similar to conformity and equality between all people. As a result, it is still considered inappropriate for people to flaunt wealth, achievements or their career status. This is slowly changing, as oil wealth and access to the world market is altering people’s views.

Norwegians are known for being reserved, honest, humble and straightforward. They don’t like hierarchy in general, so an expat’s boss will be more likely to ask for their opinion than give them orders. Foreigners often find that Norwegians are difficult to get to know. They can be wary of strangers, but open up once they are familiar with someone. Once a person has been accepted and makes a Norwegian friend, they often find that they have a friend for life.

For further info on culture in Norway click here: Culture



Compulsory schooling in Norway is ten years and children start school at the age of six. Primary and lower secondary education in Norway is founded on the principle of a unified school system that provides equal and adapted education for all on the basis of a single national curriculum.

Universal schooling for children was introduced in Norway 250 years ago. From 1889, seven years of compulsory education were provided, 1969 this was increased to nine years and in 1997 to 10 years.

The collective objectives and principles for teaching in primary and lower secondary schools are laid down in the national curriculum. The curriculum for primary and lower secondary education includes:

Core curriculum for primary and lower secondary, upper secondary and adult education

Principles and guidelines for primary and lower secondary education

Curricula for individual subjects

The subject curricula lay down a common learning content for all pupils, which increases in scope throughout the school and is greatest at the lower secondary stage. This common learning content is enlarged on and supplemented to adapt it to local conditions and to the needs of individual pupils.

For further info on education in Norway click here: Education & Schools


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