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About Norway // 08/09/2009 //

Norway has been ranked the best country to live in by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) several times during the past decade. In addition, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report has ranked Norway one of the world’s leading countries in closing the gender gap between men and women.

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Did you know that Norwegian parents have the right to a paid leave of absence during the first year of a child’s life? To encourage more men to assume a greater share of care-giving responsibilities, 10 weeks of parental leave are reserved for fathers.

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The gradual emergence of the welfare state during the course of the 1900s was accompanied by a major expansion of Norway’s public health system as well as nursing and care services.Public health services are financed by taxation and are designed to be equally accessible to all residents, independent of social status. With its 242 500 employees, the public health sector is one of the largest sec...

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Norwegian educational policy is rooted in the principle of equal rights to education for all members of society, regardless of their social and cultural background or where in Norway they live. It is the role of the schools to convey both knowledge and culture, as well as to promote social mobility and provide a basis for wealth creation and welfare for all. Teaching at Norwegian schools is to ...

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Norway is on the verge of achieving full coverage of kindergartens. Such coverage is essential to the participation of parents of small children in working life, and helps to explain why Norway has one of the highest birth rates in Europe.

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All Norwegian citizens and individuals working in Norway are automatically qualified for membership of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, a government insurance scheme entitling members to pensions (e.g. old age, survivors, disability) as well as benefits in connection with industrial accidents, accidents and illness, pregnancy, birth, single parent families and funerals. Together with th...

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