Kids and Family in Oslo

Oslo is a children’s paradise and, as such, also a parent’s paradise. No matter where one goes in Oslo, one is bound to see children: with their barnehage (school) class on the trikken (tram), with their parents at Frogner Park’s playground, on skis or a sled in Nordmarka in winter, or accompanying their parents in strollers, carriers or in bicycle trailers.

With a year of maternity leave, mothers are often out walking with their children or meeting with other mothers in cafés. Sidewalks can be crowded with baby carriages pushed by both men and women. These groups are jokingly referred to as “Mamma Mafian” (Baby Brigade) when they crowd cafés all day long.

Children are very much a part of Oslo’s tapestry and are well cared for and included. As such, Oslo is a great place to raise a family. The government gives several benefits to families with children, and the more the better. Norwegian society is set up to care for children, from school to family life. Oslo is a very safe place for children.

There are always events on in the city for children, from festivals and theatre to museum exhibits. There is also a wide variety of offers for mothers and their children, such as “Mommy and Me” yoga, swimming and dance lessons at gyms, as well as daycare at larger gyms. Some workplaces offer daycare and even incorporate playrooms with adjoining offices for working parents.

Anna Maria Our Expat Expert

Based in Oslo, Norway, Anna Maria is an intercultural trainer and consultant. She focuses on supporting inpats, expats and repats through their transition periods. She has spent 25 years as an expat. She has lived and worked in 17 countries on five continents. Growing up she spent 4-5 years each in the Netherlands, the US, Peru, and Thailand. She travels extensively to keep up friendships, writes for expat online and print publications and is learning to ski to survive the dark winter.

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