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Children's rights

Norwegians consider children to be very important. They listen to children's views and try to include them when making decisions.

Like most countries, Norway employs people whose job it is to make sure children and young people are able to grow up in safety. There are very strict rules to prevent bullying at school, and just like in the UK, all schools must have an anti-bullying plan for teachers and pupils to follow.

Children in Norway also have an official spokesperson called the Commissioner for Children. They look after the interests of children and protect their rights. In 1981, Norway was the first country to give someone this role. The Commissioner for Children acts like a spokesperson for children. If a special case needs to be discussed with the authorities and the media, the Commissioner will do this. The Commissioner also works as an adviser to children, parents, and anyone who works with children to make sure the children’s needs are put first.

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Did You Know?

All corporal punishment, whether at home, at school, or anywhere else, is forbidden under Norwegian law. Smacking or hitting children is regarded as a crime, and anyone found guilty of this can be sent to prison or fined.

The voting age in Norway is 18, the same as in the UK.