360x240-norway-flagCompulsory Education Law

Children ages 6 or turning 6 that school year (Example: Birthday in November, child must register or be homeschooled by August) or older are required to have primary and lower secondary education, which lasts for 10 years.

Estimated Number of Homeschoolers


Legal Status

Tuition in the home is regulated in the Education Act, and in this context some sections are of particular importance, such as the § 1-1. The objectives for education and training, § 1-3. Adapted education, § 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 evaluate once per semester home education.  § 2-3. Content and assessment of primary and secondary education and § 2-4. Teaching in the subject Religion, Philosophies of life and Ethics. However, tuition in the home is not particularly prevalent in Norway. Some parents choose home schooling in principle, but most of all it seems to be a pragmatic solution to more or less acute challenges such as illness and dissatisfaction. Some also choose home schooling for longer stays abroad. The most common method of evaluation is through semi-annual evaluation meetings, 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. Although this is an uncommon occurrence that almost rarely happens.

Children have the right and obligation to education for 10 years and the right, but not obligated, to high school (upper secondary). Students do not need to prove grades from the first 10 years of education in order to be accepted into high school. 

Contact Information

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