Thousands of students wait for housing

More than 10,000 students starting at Norwegian universities and colleges this week are stuck on lists waiting for a place to live. Demand is highest, as usual, in Oslo. Even though the government has invested in more subsidized student housing  projects in recent years, there’s still a shortage. Fully 3,528 students are hoping a student […]

Norway to try more flexible school start

Schools are opening all over the country this week, with lots of six-year-olds probably the most excited or anxious as they enter the first grade. Next year there may be more girls than boys, as authorities consider elementary school admission based on skills and maturity instead of strictly age. No one wants to categorize six-year-old […]

Gerhardsen heir to run Oslo schools

Marte Gerhardsen is not off to the best start as the new director of education for the City and County of Oslo. The Labour Party-led city government is hiring the granddaughter of the late Labour boss and postwar prime minister Einar Gerhardsen, and that’s led to charges of political favouritism. Gerhardsen herself had also asked that […]

Violence rising at primary schools

Armed police and emergency health care personnel responded swiftly to calls of a “threatening situation” involving a knife at a primary school in Oslo this week. Eight minutes later they had control of the suspect, a little boy who apparently was angry with his teacher. It was just the latest example of violence at Norwegian […]

Brexit uncertainty keeps on growing

Norwegian students are the latest group to be warned about the consequences of Brexit.  While businesses and British expats in Norway have been worrying for months, a government minister is flat out advising Norwegian students against beginning any foreign exchange- or other study programs in the UK this fall. “There’s so much uncertainty because of […]

Court condones professor’s firing

The Oslo County Court has concluded that the University of Stavanger was within its rights to fire a former professor, claiming there was clear evidence he had offended and harassed students and colleagues for years. Nils Rune Langeland had sued the university in 2017, claiming his dismissal was invalid. The court disagreed, finding that Langeland […]

Schools urged to offer Christmas services

Norway’s education ministry is urging all schools around the country to offer religious services to their students before the Christmas holidays, or an alternative for students who don’t want to take part in Norwegian (Lutheran) Church services. “It’s great that so many schools already offer students a visit to church in connection with Christmas,” Education […]

More heads may roll in the Oslo schools

Terje Moen, deputy leader of the Norwegian labour organization representing school employees, thinks more top city employees in charge of education in Oslo should consider resigning. Those who worked closely with outgoing schools director Astrid Søgnen, who was forced to resign this week, are at the top of Moen’s list. He argues that the conflict […]

Oslo schools chief quits under pressure

UPDATED: Astrid Søgnen, director of education for the City of Oslo, has finally agreed to resign her powerful post after more than a year of conflict and controversy. She’s not leaving entirely, though, and will keep her million-kroner-plus salary after being offered a different job in which she’ll “contribute to the cultural area” of the […]

‘Culture of fear’ prompts new city probe

Oslo’s Labour Party-led government has another problem on its hands, following complaints of a “culture of fear” within the city’s planning and building agency (Plan- og bygningsetaten). The city politician in charge has felt compelled to order an external probe. Hanne Marcussen of the city government said she ordered the probe following “serious claims” that […]