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Updated 22 Jan 2019

If expats want to learn Norwegian, there are several books, CDs and other language programmes available in bookstores, at the library or in schools.

Norwegian is a Germanic language and is known for its “sing-song” intonation. Knowing how to speak Norwegian is certainly helpful when doing business and when socialising with Norwegians, who use a lot of humour that cannot be translated into English.

The Norwegian Government Sponsored Language Scheme is a free programme for foreign residents in Norway with a residence permit valid for more than three months and employed by a Norwegian (not foreign) company.

Some universities offer beginner courses (that is, not university-level Norwegian) for foreign exchange students or expats, and new arrivals could enquire at a local university about what options are available. However, adult learning centres are the most common institutions to approach for a language course. 


Norwegian classes for foreigners in Oslo:

Berlitz

International company offering short group and individual courses.
Website: www.berlitz.com

Language Power International

Offers language courses for small groups or individuals, depending on level.
Website: www.languagepower.no

International Language School Norway

Offers tailor-made courses in most languages, including Norwegian.
Website: www.ils.as

Folkeuniversitetet

Offers adult learning courses at hundreds of participating municipalities and institutions across Norway. Courses offered are at different levels and include courses on Norwegian culture.
Website: www.folkeuniversitetet.no

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