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Which schools in Norway are affected by the teachers’ strike?

A teachers' strike in Norway was stepped up on Monday, bringing the number of education professionals taking industrial action to over 8,000. Here's a list of schools affected by current and future teacher walkouts.

Pictured is a classroom.
Here is a list of the schools affected by the teachers' strike. Pictured is a classroom. Photo by MChe Lee on Unsplash

The teachers’ strike in Norway stepped up again on Monday, with 1,800 new education professionals joining the industrial action.

On Sunday, the Education Association and The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) met with the ombudsman, but talks broke down after around two hours.

“They (KS) show no signs of movement, it is very deadlocked,” Steffen Handal, head of the Education Association, told Norwegian newswire NTB.

Handal fears that the two parties will be unable to reach an agreement, and the government will refer the two parties to a compulsory wage board to thrash out a deal.

However, the national mediation service said there would be fresh talks between the two parties shortly.

Teachers are striking over wage growth in recent years. The decision to strike came following the collective bargaining agreement with the public sector with The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS).

The public sector accepted KS’s offer as a whole, but teachers have decided to strike as they feel they’ve gotten a raw deal in the last few agreements.

Industrial action is currently affecting over a dozen municipalities and all of the country’s counties except Oslo.

In Norway, counties are responsible for funding high schools, while the local municipality funds other schools. This is why the strikes are spread across the county and municipal levels.

Over the last week, a number of groups have called on the government to force the strike to an end. However, it would be unusual for the government to end the strike as it typically only forces parties to a compulsory wage board when there is a threat to public health. Additionally, the strike is complicated by the teachers’ right to strike and pupils’ right to education.

Schools affected by 7th walkout on September 19th: 

Agder County
Arendal videregående skole
Sam Eyde videregående skole

Arendal Municipality
Arendal voksenopplæring
Asdal skole
Birkelund skole
Eydehavn skole
Flosta skole
Flosta skole SFO
Hisøy skole 1-10 skoler
Moltemyr skole
Myra skole
Nedenes skole
Nesheim skole
Roligheden skole barne-/ungdomstrinnet
Rykene oppvekstsenter avd skole
Sandnes skole
Stinta skole barne- og ungdomstrinnet
Strømmen oppvekstsenter avd skole
Stuenes skole barne- og ungdomstrinn

Bergen Municipality
Christi krybbe skoler
Eidsvåg skole
Flaktveit skole
Haukedalen skole
Haukås skole
Hellen skole
Holen skole
Hordvik skole
Kalvatræet skole
Kirkevoll skole
Kjøkkelvik skole
Krohnengen skole
Kyrkjekrinsen skole
Li skole
Mjølkeråen skole
Møhlenpris oppveksttun avd skole
Nattland oppveksttun – skole
Nordnes skole
Ny krohnborg skole
Olsvik skole
Rolland skole
Rå skole
Rådalslien skole
Salhus skule
Sandgotna skole
Skranevatnet skole
Tertnes skole
Ulsetskogen skole
Åstveit skole

Bødø Municipality
Alstad barneskole
Aspåsen skole
Bankgata ungdomsskole
Bodøsjøen skole
Grønnåsen skole
Hunstad barneskole
Løpsmark skole
Mørkvedbukta skole
Mørkvedmarka skole
Rønvik skole
Saltstraumen skole
Saltvern skole
Skaug oppvekstsenter
Tverlandet skole
Østbyen skole

Bærum Municipality
Anna Krefting skole
Bekkestua barneskole
Bjørnegård skole
Blommenholm skole
Bryn og Hammerbakken skole Bryn skole
Bryn og Hammerbakken skole Hammerbakken skole
Eikeli skole
Eiksmarka skole
Emma Hjorth skole
Evje skole
Grav skole
Gullhaug skole
Haslum skole
Hauger skole
Hosle skole
Hosletoppen skole
Hundsund ungdomsskole
Høvik skole
Høvik verk skole
Jar skole
Jong skole
Levre skole
Lommedalen skole
Lysaker skole
Løkeberg skole
Oksenøya skole
Ringstabekk skole
Rykkinn skole
Skui skole
Snarøya skole
Stabekk skole
Storøya skole
Tanum skole
Vøyenenga skole

Haugesund Municipality
Austrheim skole
Gard skole
Brakahaug skole
Hauge skole
Lillesund skole
Rossabø skole
Saltveit skole
Skåredalen skole
Solvang skole

Lillestrøm Municipality
Asak skole
Bingsfoss ungdomsskole
Blaker skole
Brånås skole
Bråtejordet skole
Dalen skole
Frogner skole
Garderåsen skole
Gjellerås skole
Hovinhøgda skole
Kjeller skole
Riddersand skole
Sagdalen skole
Sten-tærud skole
Sørum skole
Vardeåsen skole
Vigernes skole
Åsenhangen skole

Møre Og Romsdal County
Hustadvika vidaregåande skole

Porsgrunn Municipality
Borge skole
Brattås skole
Brevik oppvekstsenter avd skole
Grønli skole
Heistadskolene avd barn
Klevstrand skole
Myrene skole
Stridsklev skole
Tveten skole
Vestsiden skole

Steinkjer Municipality
Mære skole
Steinkjer skole

Troms og Finnmark County
Ishavsbyen videregående skole

Tromsø Municipality
Tromstun skole

Trøndelag County
Byåsen videregående skole
Charlottenlund videregående skole
Heimdal videregående skole
Skjetlein videregående skole
Strinda videregående skole
Thora storm videregående skole
Tiller videregående skole
Trondheim katedralskole

Vestland County
Askøy videregående skole
Knarvik vidaregåande skule
Sotra vidaregåande skule

Viken County
Eikeli videregående skole
Rosenvilde videregående skole

The schools affected by the 6th walkout on September 13th: 

Arendal Municipality 
Asdal skole
Birkenlund skole
Hisøy skole 1-10 skoler
Moltemyr skole
Nedenes skole
Roligheden skole barne-/ungdomstrinnet
Stinta skole barne- og ungdomstrinnet
Stuenes skole barne- og ungdomstrinn

Bergen Municipality
Blokkhaugen skole
Breimyra skole
Garnes ungdomsskule
Holen skole
Hop oppveksttun skole
Kirkevoll skole
Kjøkkelvik skole
Kyrkjekrinsen skole
Lynghaug skole
Mjølkeråen skole
Nattland oppveksttun – skole
Ny krohnborg skole
Olsvik skole
Ortun skole
Rothaugen skole
Rå skole
Rådalslien skole
Sandgotna skole
Skranevatnet skole
Storetveit skole
Ytrebygda skole
Åstveit skole

Bodø Municipality 
Alstad barneskole
Aspåsen skole
Bankgata ungdomskole
Bodø kulturskole
Bodøsjøen skole
Grønnåsen skole
Hunstad barneskole
Kjerringøy oppvekstsenter avd skole
Løpsmark skole
Mørkvedbukta skole
Mørkvedmarka skole
Rønvik skole
Saltstraumen skole
Saltvern skole
Skaug oppvekstsenter
Skjerstad oppvekstsenter
Tverlandet skole
Østbyen skole

Bærum Municipality 
Anna Krefting skole
Bekkestua barneskole
Bjørnegård skole
Blommenholm skole
Bryn og Hammerbakken skole Bryn skole
Bryn og Hammerbakken skole Hammerbakken skole
Eikeli skole
Eiksmarka skole
Eineåsen skole avdeling Gommerud
Emma Hjorth skole
Evje skole
Gjettum skole
Grav skole
Gullhaug skole
Haslum skole
Hauger skole
Hosle skole
Hosletoppen skole
Hundsund ungdomsskole
Høvik skole
Høvik verk skole
Jar skole
Jong skole
Levre skole
Lommedalen skole
Lysaker skole
Løkeberg skole
Mølladammen ungdomsskole
Oksenøya skole
Ringstabekk skole
Rykkinn skole
Skui skole
Snarøya skole
Stabekk skole
Storøya skole
Tanum skole
Vøyenenga skole
Østerås skole

Gjøvik Municipality 
Bjørnsveen ungdomsskole
Blomhaug skole
Fredheim skole
Kopperud skole
Snertingdal skole

Harstad Municipality 
Bergseng skole
Harstad skole 1 – 7 skole
Kanebogen skole
Kila skole
Medkila skole
Seljestad barneskole
Stangnes skole
Sørvik skole
Øyriket oppvekstsenter avd skole

Haugensund Municipality 
Austrheim skole
Gard skole
Hauge skole
Rossabø skole
Skåredalen skole
Solvang skole

Indre Østfold Municipality 
Askimbyen skole
Båstad skole
Grøtvedt skole
Hovin skole
Knapstad barne- og ungdomsskole
Korsgård skole
Mysen skole
Rom skole
Spydeberg skole
Trømborg skole

Lillestrøm Municipality 
Asak skole
Bingsfoss ungdomsskole
Bråtejordet skole
Frogner skole
Kjeller skole
Stav skole
Sten-tærud skole
Vigernes skole
Åsenhangen skole

Modum Municipality 
Buskerud skole
Enger skole
Modum kommune undervisningskontoret
Stalsberg skole
Sysle skole
Vikersund skole

Molde Municipality 
Bergmo ungdomsskole
Skjevik barne- og ungdomsskole
Vågsetra barne- og ungdomsskole

Møre og Romsdal County
Romsdal videregående skole

Nordland County
Bodin videregående skole
Bodø videregående skole

Porsgrunn Municipality 
Borge skole
Brattås skole
Brevik oppvekstsenter avd skole
Grønli skole
Heistadskolene avd barn
Heistadskolene avd ungdom
Klevstrand skole
Myrene skole
Stridsklev skole
Stridsklev ungdomsskole
Tveten skole
Vestsiden skole

Rogaland County
Bryne vidaregåande skule
Karmsund videregående skole

Steinkjer Municipality 
Egge barneskole
Egge ungdomsskole
Malm skole
Mære skole
Steinkjer skole
Steinkjer ungdomsskole

Stjørdal Municipality 
Fosslia skole
Hegra barneskole
Kvislabakken skole
Lånke skole
Skatval skole

Troms og Finnmark County
Breivang videregående skole
Heggen videregående skole
Kvaløya videregående skole

Tromsø Municipality
Grønnåsen skole
Sommerlyst skole
Tromstun skole

Trøndelag County
Byåsen videregående skole
Strinda videregående skole
Thora storm videregående skole
Tiller videregående skole
Trondheim katedralskole

Vestfold og Telemark County
Fagskolen Vestfold og Telemark avd Porsgrunn

Vestland County
Årstad videregående skole

Viken County
Lillestrøm videregående skole
Dønski videregående skole
Eikeli videregående skole
Nadderud videregående skole
Rosenvilde videregående skole
Rud videregående skole
Sandvika videregående skole
Stabekk videregående skole
Sørumsand videregående skole

Schools affected by the withdrawals on September 6th:

Agder County
Arendal videregående skole
Sam Eyde videregående skole

Arendal Municipality 
Asdal skole
Roligheden skole barne-/ungdomstrinnet

Bergen Municipality 
Blokkhaugen skole
Gimle oppveksttun skole
Kronstad skole
Slåtthaug skole

Bærum Municipality 
Bekkestua skole
Berger barnehage
Eineåsen skole avdeling Gommerud
Gjettumkollen barnehage
Haslum skole
Løkeberg skole
Ramstad skole
Østerås skole

Gjøvik Municipality 
Biri ungdomsskole
Bjørnsveen ungdomsskole

Harstad Municipality 
Seljestad ungdomsskole

Indre Østfold Municipality 
Askim ungdomsskole
Mysen ungdomsskole
Spydeberg ungdomsskole

Lillestrøm Municipality 
Kjellervolla skole
Østersund ungdomsskole

Modum Municipality 
Nordre modum ungdomsskole

Møre og Romsdal County
Molde videregående skole
Romsdal videregående skole

Rogaland County
Haugaland videregående skole
Karmsund videregående skole
Sandnes videregående skole
Skeisvang videregående skole
Vardafjell videregående skole

Stjørdal Municipality 
Halsen ungdomsskole
Hegra ungdomsskole
Stokkan ungdomsskole

Troms og Finnmark County
Breivang videregående skole
Ishavsbyen videregående skole
Kongsbakken videregående skole
Kvaløya videregående skole
Tromsdalen videregående skole

Tromsø Municipality 
Kroken skole
Kvaløysletta skole

Trøndelag County
Mære landbruksskole
Ole Vig videregående skole

Vestland County
Amalie Skram videregående skole
Fyllingsdalen videregående skole
Langhaugen videregående skole
Nordahl Grieg videregående skole
Olsvikåsen videregående skole
Slåtthaug videregående skole
Stend vidaregåande skule
Tertnes vidaregåande skule
Årstad videregående skole
Åsane vidaregåande skule

Viken County
Askim videregående skole
Buskerud videregående skole
Lillestrøm videregående skole
Lørenskog videregående skole
Mysen videregående skole
Rosenvilde videregående skole
Skedsmo videregående skole
Strømmen videregående skole
Sørumsand videregående skole
Valler videregående skole

Schools affected by strike withdrawals on August 31st

Bergen Municipality
Gimle oppveksttun skole
Slåtthaug skole

Indre Østfold Municipality
Spydeberg ungdomsskole

Lillestrøm Municipality
Kjellervolla skole
Tæruddalen skole

Nordland County
Bodin videregående skole
Bodø videregående skole

Troms og Finnmark County
Kongsbakken videregående skole
Kvaløya videregående skole
Tromsdalen videregående skole

Trødnelag County
Ole Vig videregående skole
Steinkjer videregående skole

Vestland County 
Arna vidaregåande skule
Fyllingsdalen videregående skole
Laksevåg og bergen maritime videregående skole
Langhaugen videregående skole
Nordahl Grieg videregående skole
Olsvikåsen videregående skole
Stend vidaregåande skule
Tertnes vidaregåande skule
Årstad videregående skole
Åsane vidaregåande skule

Schools affected by the escalation of strike on August 29th:

Agder County

Arendal videregående skole (2 new employees on strike)

Sam eyde videregående skole (102) 

Arendal Municipality

Asdal skole (20)

Hisøy skole 1-10 skoler (1) 

Roligheden skole barne-/ungdomstrinnet (21)

Bodø Municipality

Alstad ungdomsskole (17)

Bankgata ungdomsskole (1)

Bodøsjøen skole (7) 

Hunstad ungdomsskole (31) 

Løpsmark skole (11)

Rønvik skole (10) 

Saltvern skole (18)

Tverlandet skole (17) 

Gjøvik Municipality

Biri ungdomsskole (12)

Bjørnsveen ungdomsskole (29) 

Harstad Municipality

Kila skole (14) 

Seljestad ungdomsskole (22)

Stangnes skole (10)

Haugesund Municipality

Haraldsvang skole (41)

Håvåsen skole (2)

Indre Østfold Municipality

Askim ungdomsskole (1) 

Knapstad barne- og ungdomsskole (5)

Mysen ungdomsskole (21)

Trøgstad ungdomsskole (11)

Innlandet County

Gjøvik videregående skole (4) 

Modum Municipality

Nordre Modum ungdomsskole (21) 

Møre og Romsdal County

Romsdal videregående skole (82) 

Porsgrunn Municipality

Grønli skole (1)

Heistadskolene avd ungdom (29) 

Kjølnes ungdomsskole (1) 

Stridsklev ungdomsskole (13) 

Tveten ungdomsskole (18) 

Vestsiden skole (10) 

Rogaland County

Karmsund videregående skole (60)

Skeisvang videregående skole (27)

Vardafjell videregående skole (27) 

Steinkjer Municipality

Steinkjer kommunale kulturskole (1)

Steinkjer ungdomsskole (36)

Stjørdal municipality

Halsen ungdomsskole (25)

Hegra ungdomsskole (13) 

Stjørdal kommune integrering (1) 

Stokkan ungdomsskole (10) 

Troms og Finnmark County

Breivang videregående skole (30) 

Heggen videregående skole (3)

Ishavsbyen videregående skole (40) 

Kongsbakken videregående skole (4) 

Kvaløya videregående skole (20) 

Stangnes rå videregående skole avd stangnes (4) 

Tromsdalen videregående skole (27) 

Tromsø Municipality

Kroken skole (20)

Kvaløysletta skole (1) 

Trøndelag County

Mære landbruksskole (16)

Ole vig videregående skole (6) 

Steinkjer videregående skole (5) 

Vestfold og Telemark County

Fagskolen vestfold og telemark avd porsgrunn (5)

Vestland County

Amalie skram videregående skole (48) 

Fyllingsdalen videregående skole (35) 

Laksevåg og bergen maritime videregående skole (25) 

Langhaugen videregående skole (28) 

Olsvikåsen videregående skole (35)

Sandsli videregående skole (41) 

Viken County

Askim videregående skole (42)

Buskerud videregående skole ( 5) 

Lillestrøm videregående skole (67) 

Strømmen videregående skole (64)

Sørumsand videregående skole (34) 

Schools affected by the escalation of the strike on August 22nd: 

Adger County

Arendal videregående skole (42)

Arendal

Hisøy skole (15)

Bergen

Gimle oppveksttun skole (3)

Slåtthaug skole (34)

Bodø

Alstad ungdomsskole (3)

Bankgata ungdomsskole (27)

Mørkvedmarka skole (2)

Rønvik skole (1)

Saltvern skole (1)

Østbyen skole (1)

Gjøvik

Gjøvik skole (1)

Vardal ungdomsskole (34)

Harstad

Hagebyen skole (22)

Heggen barnehager avd blåbærdalen (1)

Stangnes skole (1)

Haugesund 

Hauge skole (1)

Håvåsen skole (38)

Indre Østfold

Blomsterenga barnehage (1)

Susebakke barnehage (1)

Indre østfold kommune innovasjon og kommunikasjon (1)

Indre østfold kommune tilsyn og forvaltning (1)

Askim ungdomsskole (42)

Havnås oppvekstsenter avd skole (1)

Knapstad barne- og ungdomsskole (1)

Spydeberg ungdomsskole (1)

Trømborg skole (1)

Innlandet County

Gjøvik videregående skole (72)

Lena-valle videregående skole avd lena (2)

Lillestrøm

Kjeller skole (1)

Riddersand skole (1)

Sten-Tærud skole (1)

Tienbråten ressursbarnehage (1)

Vardeåsen skole (1)

Østersund ungdomsskole (32)

Modum

Brunes naturbarnehage (1)

Søndre modum ungdomsskole (24)

Vikersund skole (1)

Molde

Bekkevoll ungdomsskole (33)

St sunniva barnehage (1)

Vågsetra barne- og ungdomsskole (1)

Møre og Romsdal

Molde videregående skole (35)

Romsdal videregående skole (2)

Nordland County

Bodin videregående skole (6)

Bodø videregående skole (60)

Porsgrunn

Borge skole (1)

Grønli skole (1)

Heistadskolene avd barn (1)

Kjølnes ungdomsskole (25)

Lyngvegen barnehage (1)

Tveten skole (1)

Vestsiden skole (2)

Rogaland County

Bryne vidaregåande skule (1)

Haugaland videregående skole (72)

Steinkjer

Beitstad skole (1)

Egge ungdomsskole (30)

Stjørdal 

Halsen ungdomsskole (2)

Hegra ungdomsskole (1)

Lånke skole (1)

Stokkan ungdomsskole (37)

Troms og Finnmark County

Ishavsbyen videregående skole (1)

Stangnes Rå videregående skole avd Stangnes (44)

Heggen videregående skole (27)

Kongsbakken videregående skole (33)

Trømsø

Kvaløysletta skole (41)

Templarheimen barnehage (1)

Tromstun skole (1)

Trudvang barnehage (1)

Trøndelag county

Ole Vig videregående skole (59)

Trøndelag fylkeskommune (1)

Steinkjer videregående skole (59)

Vestfold og Telemark County

Porsgrunn videregående skole (50)

Vestland County

Amalie skram videregående skole (1)

Bergen katedralskole (54)

Slåtthaug videregående skole (28)

Årstad videregående skole (1)

Viken County

Buskerud videregående skole (46)

Mysen videregående skole (65)

Skedsmo videregående skole (80)

Viken fylkeskommune (2)

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EDUCATION

Will international students in Norway have to start paying tuition fees next year?

In its 2023 state budget proposal, the Norwegian government announced that it plans to introduce a tuition fee for international students in the country. Here are the details.

Will international students in Norway have to start paying tuition fees next year?

Should the new Norwegian state budget proposal for the upcoming year be adopted, students from abroad will no longer be able to study in Norway without paying the associated student fees.

Norway is one of the few countries in the world where international students do not have to pay student tuition.

In an abrupt change of policy, the government proposes to introduce a tuition fee for students from outside the EEA area and Switzerland from and including the autumn semester of 2023.

“In the vast majority of cases, Norwegian students must pay tuition fees to study abroad. There is no reason why it should be any different here.

“Norway must still be open to students from all countries, but we believe it is fair and reasonable that they also pay up,” Research and Higher Education Minister Ola Borten Moe said in a press release published on Thursday.

Proposal criticised by Norwegian Student Organisation

As soon as the plan to introduce fees for international students became public, the Norwegian Student Organisation (NSO) reacted strongly with a press release of its own, warning that the idea violates a fundamental principle in Norwegian education policy – that all education should be free.

The NSO pointed out that such a change would mean that personal financial status would become the deciding factor in who gets the opportunity to take part in higher education in Norway.

“The proposal violates a fundamental principle in Norwegian education policy – that all education should be free. A principle applies to everyone, not just some people. We believe this is the first step on the road to introducing school fees in Norway,” NSO leader Maika Marie Godal Dam said.

The Organisation further pointed out that students coming to Norway from other countries are an investment in the overall knowledge base and quality of the system, contributing to strengthening Norwegian academia and Norway’s social development.

Therefore, the NSO believes that the value of international students is greater than the cost of providing them with free education.

“I am proud that Norway has one of the world’s most accessible education systems where the most competent candidates can access higher education. This is how it should continue to be,” the NSO’s leader said.

A U-turn on the Hurdal Platform promises?

The NSO also called out the government for breaking the promises it set forward in the Hurdal policy platform, noting that the Platform states that “education in Norway should be free, also for international students.”

Furthermore, the Organization warned that the proposal is not rooted in the party programs of the two governing parties.

“It is shocking to see that the government is willing to abandon the Hurdal Platform one year after it was put forward. If the governing parties present a proposal that they both (declaratively) oppose – then it will be difficult for us voters to trust politicians,” Godal Dam said.

On the other side, Minister Borten Moe pointed out that higher education should “clearly” still be free for Norwegian students and other EEA citizens.

“It is a fixed principle, and it is not appropriate to change it,” he said in the press release.

The goals of the proposal

The Ministry of Research and Higher Education says that the measure aims to attract students through the quality of education.

“Our universities and colleges should be well equipped to recruit international students because the quality of the education is good, not because it is free. I also think a tuition fee will give us more motivated international students,” Minister Borten Moe says.

At the same time, the Ministry believes it is likely that fewer students will come to Norway from abroad, which will free up both study places and student housing capacity.

“At a time when there are many people who want to pursue higher education, it is right to prioritise Norwegian students,” the Research and Higher Education Minister says.

He further notes that Norwegian universities and colleges must secure additional sources of income in times of crisis.

Under the proposed scheme, if the educational institutions prove successful in recruiting more international students, they will be able to secure more income, further boosting Norway’s educational capacity.

“We will continue to spend a lot of money on higher education and research. The (spending) level must be high, but the universities and colleges must also look at other ways of getting income,” Borten Moe warned.

Who would be affected?

The fee would apply to international students who complete their education in Norway and not to exchange students who only spend part of their education at Norwegian institutions.

According to the proposal, the fee would need to – as a minimum – cover the costs of the educational institution and will apply to new students.

The measure would apply to students from outside the EEA area and Switzerland from and including the autumn semester of 2023.

“We want more international students to come to Norway on exchange; therefore, these students are protected. The main priority for student mobility must be exchange students,” Borten Moe said.

The sum of the budget savings and educational capacity that would be freed up is roughly estimated at around 1.2 billion kroner.

What happens next?

As the government doesn’t have a majority in the Norwegian parliament (Storting), it must seek support from other parties.

It will most likely try to negotiate with the Socialist Left Party (SV) to secure the votes it needs to pass the budget through parliament.

The SV’s leader Audun Lysbakken has already announced that he plans to ask for higher tax levels for the wealthy and more measures aimed at promoting social redistribution and fighting climate change.

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