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 Country Information

Compulsory Attendance Law: 6-16
Children ages 6 and older are required to have primary and lower secondary education, which lasts for 10 years.

Legal Status of Homeschooling:
§ 2-1 in Norway’s Education law states that education can be “otherwise.” Education otherwise is in private schools or home education. Families may begin homeschooling after they notify local school authorities of their intent to do so. Local school authorities are by law obligated to supervise home education. The most common method of supervision is through semi-annual evaluations, which usually take place at the public school or at another public location. Local school authorities may, if they wish, administer relevant achievement tests. The law states that supervision must be “in agreement with the parents.” While a homeschooled child does not have an automatic right to a diploma, some schools let homeschooled children sit for the 10th year exams and will issue a diploma.

Estimated number of homeschoolers: 400

 Contact Information

NHUF - Norsk hjemmeundervisningsforbund
Norwegian Homeschooling Association
Email: post@nhuf.no

Last Updated: June 20, 2011