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Weird things Norwegians do

A look at some of the things you as an incoming exchange student might experience in your host-family and with friends.

The text can be found in Norwegian in VG article «Nordmenns mange rariteter«

A Frog in the Fjord

Telyshysteri fin (2) Illustration: Kristine Lauvrak

Disclaimer: “Weird” does not mean “negative”, some of these strange things are very positive and should be exported to the rest of the world 🙂

1. You are telling a great story to your Norwegian friend/colleague. He or she will start making strange sounds: aspirations with the mouth as if they have the beginning of asthma. No panick, this just illustrate how interested they are in your story, and it means “yes, I agree, carry on with your story”. Nothing to be disturbed about.

2. As soon as Autumn comes, Norwegians enter some kind of telys hysteria, lighting them everywhere at any occasion. It is what I call the “endless need for koselig”, which I define as an inner summer that Norwegians create for themselves to feel like it’s warm all year long no matter the circumstances. (see How to make things Koselig)

3. Most Norwegians won’t…

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2013: What rights/protections do foreign exchange students have who come to Norway?

I have been in contact with the Ministry of Education and Research and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) in an attempt to clarify what protections are laid in Place for Foreign Exchange students who come to Norway. A copy of the actual answers can be found here. I have translated the answers I have received. I will post further if I find some dept. that knows more.

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Dato: Fri, 24 May 2013 06:14:02 +0000
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To CSFES Norge

We refer to email sent to the Ministry of Education and Research May 2, 2013. The Ministry has asked that The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training answer your email.

Your questions are:

How many foreign exchange students come to Norway every year?

                Svar: We do not have such information. You could try Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)  or Lånekassen.

(I have written to SIU. Am waiting for their response)

What rights do these students have?

Svar: If the foreign exchange student is accepted into high school according to the Education Act, the student has the same rights as Norwegian students. More specifically § 6-5 is about foreign exchange students: In it we are told that there should be kept open places for FES.

Are there regulations on how exchange organisations are supposed to take care of them?

Svar: The short answer is NO.

Cathrine Børnes
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