Growing up in Norway

Is Norway a good country for children to live in? What freedoms and rights do children enjoy? Do they enjoy school? What music do they like?

Norwegian children take part in a mixture of sports and physical activities all year round. Schools usually offer lots of summer activities as well as winter sports. In the summer when the days are longer, outdoor activities include football, handball, basketball, ahtletics, cycling, swimming and diving. Read more

Norwegian children start primary school at the age of six. Their school day lasts for around four hours and later increases to six or seven hours. Unlike in the UK, children in Norway don’t have to wear school uniform. They move to lower secondary school at the age of 13. Read more

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Norway is a very child-friendly country, and a happy family life is very important to Norwegians. In most families in Norway, both parents go out to work. Parents then tend to share the childcare, and it is quite common for Norwegian men to take time off from work during the first year of a child's life. Read more

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