Primary and Secondary Education

The aim is for Norway to have high-quality schools that equip individuals and society with the tools they need in order to add value and to build a prosperous and sustainable future. The Norwegian school system is based on the principles of equality and adapted learning for everyone within an inclusive environment. All students should develop key skills, and in the course of their education they should both face challenges and experience a sense of achievement.

Bilde av elever

Investing in maths and science

There is plenty of evidence that Norwegian school pupils underperform in maths and science, which may lead to future skills shortages in the labour market. That’s why the government is working on a new national maths and science strategy, to be introduced in 2015.

Bilde av lærer og elev på Ila skole.

Promotion of the status and quality of teachers

"Promotion of the status and quality of teachers – joint effort for a modern school of knowledge” is a government programme to create schools where students learn more.

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Increasing completion rates at upper secondary schools

Too few students finish their upper secondary education, so it is a priority to get more of them to complete and pass their courses. One important step has been to establish a long-term collaboration between the central government, counties and municipalities in this area.

Bilde av lærer og elever

Education provides opportunities for all

The government prioritises continuing education for teachers, raising quality in day-care institutions and more funding for research and higher education in the national budget for 2015.


Education Act

Act relating to Primary and Secondary Education. With amendments as of 25 June 2010, 31 May 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In force as of 1 August 2014.

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The most important documents are bills (propositions), white papers, hearing documents and Official Norwegian Reports (NOUs). (These documents are primarily available in Norwegian.)

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