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Norway - A Brief Introduction

The program in Peace and Conflict also includes the course Norway – A Brief Introduction (not for credit) to help you navigate Oslo and the Norwegian social, cultural and political landscape.

In order to make the most out of your time in Oslo, we want you to acquire some basic knowledge about Norway, Oslo and general "Norwegian-ness". This short and fun mini course will introduce you briefly to subjects such as Norway’s political history, our (splendid) geography, Norwegian society, culture, current politics and more.

As part of the course Bjørknes organizes various excursions to places of interest in and around Oslo. By the end of the course you will not only be better equipped to make sense of and understand Norwegian society, but you will also be better able to enjoy all the great things Norway has to offer!
 

American students in Oslo
Students from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) on an excursion to the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History,  fall 2017.

Learn Norwegian NoW!

Norwegian on the Web (NoW) is an online Norwegian course (entry level) that is free of charge. You can access NoW here, and it is free of charge! NoW has been developed by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Another option is Duolingo:

Norwegian is the native language of 5 million people. We teach Norwegian Bokmål (“Book Tongue”), which is used in 92% of all written publications. Take a trip to the Kingdom of Norway and see its famous fjords with your own eyes. Visit to practice for the next Winter Olympics in the land that holds the most medals, and to take a drive through the world’s longest road tunnel. Or start learning Norwegian simply because you’re fascinated by the northern lights and the midnight sun, the people, viking history, and of course the various places named after trolls.
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