Norway

Norway is a truly beautiful country. Eight sites on the UNESCO world heritage list speaks for itself. Fans of nature and especially outdoor sports and activities will find a huge variety of activites in Norway. Even those that are not great fans of the outdoors usually find themselves swept off their feet the first time they see a Norwegian fjord in real life. As the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas outside the Middle East, Norway is also a wealthy country, something that is reflected in the society and infrastructure.

Norway has the highest Human Development Index ranking in the world and has topped the Legatum Prosperity Index for seven years in a row as of 2015.  Norway ranks also first on the OECD Better Life Index, the Index of Public Integrity, and the Democracy Index.

NORWAY IN SHORT

Oslo Capital
5,2 m Population
385,171 km² Area
3rd/ $74,598 GDP per capita IMF
1st Democracy Index
1st Human Development Index
3rd Euro Health Consumer Index
9,72 Expenditure on health % of GDP WHO
81,8 years Life expectancy at birth WHO
7,4% Expenditure on education
1st European Happy Planet Index

NORWEGIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Healthcare expenditure in Norway per capita is among the highest in the world. The Norwegian healthcare system is organized on three levels, national, regional and local. The Ministry of Health at the National level has overall responsibility for the healthcare system. The regional level is represented by five regional health authorities, which have responsibility for specialist health care; and the local level represented by 434 municipalities, each has responsibility for primary health care.

The Norwegian health care system is primarily funded through taxation. The regional level provides the basis for specialist health care and plans the work according to the needs of the population and services are provided by the regional health authorities' hospital trusts (Helseforetak).

Each municipality has to decide how best to serve its population with primary care. Primary care is mainly publicly provided. The objective of primary care is to improve the general health of the population and to treat diseases and deal with health problems that do not require hospitalization. General practitioners are in practice self-employed, but financed through the National Insurance scheme, the municipalities and by the patient's out-of-pocket payments.

The main benefit of the Norwegian health care system is health care services for all based on need regardless of personal income.

ACTIVITIES

Norway provides excellent and beautiful conditions for outdoor sports. Living there you will get a chance to discover the fjords and the mountains that have made Norway world famous.

GETTING AROUND

Despite its challenging geography, Norway has a decent developed infrastructure and trains and ferries that are ready to take you across the fjords. Ferries are popular in the Western part of the country and trains even reach beyond the Artic Circle in the North!

EDUCATION

Norway has a world class school system. All children attend school for a minimum of 10 years. Children who have recently arrived in Norway will usually receive special attention to facilitate learning Norwegian. Primary and lower secondary education is free of charge, and the local authority pays for the children's school books. Children start school in August of the year in which they turn six. Before the age of six there are public day care centers that children may attend.

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