Kristiansand has a varied selection of kindergartens in terms of size, academic content, geographic location and opening hours. Kristiansand Municipality handles applications to all municipal, private and state kindergartens in Kristiansand. The application deadline for admissions in August is 1 March each year. Rolling admissions applications can be sent all year round and will be considered when there is space available. Children with special needs will be prioritized upon admission.
The Student Association of Agder (SiA) runs a kindergarten for students and staff next to the Gimlemoen Campus in Kristiansand. The Hokus Pokus kindergarten is first and foremost an offer for students and secondly for UIA employees. Application is made through the coordinated admissions process for public and private kindergartens in Kristiansand.
Kristiansand International School (KIS) provides an international education for students from Grade 1 – Grade 10. Students of overseas parents are prioritised for admission. For more information about the school, contact details and applications, please consult Kristiansand International School.
Kristiansand Municipality is responsible for primary and lower secondary education for students through grades 1-10 and for adult minority language students. Kristiansand Municipality webpage on schools. Norwegian page; Google translate is integrated.
Upper secondary education
Vest-Agder County is responsible for upper secondary education for students in Kristiansand. Read more about the education programmes on offer, admissions, and contact details at www.vaf.no.
Grimstad has a varied selection of kindergartens (listed only in Norwegian) in terms of size, academic content, geographic location and opening hours. Grimstad Municipality handles applications to all municipal, private and state kindergartens in Grimstad. The application deadline for admission in August is 1 March each year. Rolling admission applications can be sent all year round and will be considered when there is space available.
Children with special needs will be prioritized upon admission.
The Student Association of Agder (SiA) runs a kindergarten for children between 1 and 6 years of age on campus in Grimstad. The Hokus Pokus kindergarten is first and foremost an offer for students and secondly for UIA employees. Application is made through the coordinated admissions process for public and private kindergartens in Grimstad - see above.
In Norway, children start primary school at the age of six and finish lower secondary school by the age of sixteen. Most students then go on to upper secondary school (age sixteen-eighteen). There is no tuition fee at public schools.
Arendal International School provides high-quality international education for students from the ages of six to sixteen with a residential address in Norway. Many of the pupils have parents working at UIA, Campus Grimstad.
Arendal Emergency Room/Casualty, address: Sykehusveien 1 in Arendal.
There is no emergency room/casualty in Grimstad. The population of Grimstad is expected to use Arendal Emergency Room/Casualty.
General Practitioner/family doctor
You need a Norwegian ID number in order to be assigned to a General Practitioner. You select the GP of your choice through the website Helsenorge.no. Change GP? (Norwegian only) Please ask for assistance from your UIA contact if needed.
You will assigned to your chosen General Practitioner with effect from the first day of the following month.
Children aged 0–5 years
Make sure that your children are assigned to the nearest health centre.
A country with a high standard of living, but also one that is expensive
Your taxes go a long way and cover free health care, and schools, kindergartens are heavily subsidised by government, there is free dental care for children up to the age of 18, one year of paid parental leave, a 10-week minimum designated for paternity leave – and the guarantee of keeping your job, high pensions, and social benefits
Low unemployment and relatively high salaries
Safe and organised working environment
Norwegians are career-oriented but value a work/life balance
Culture and nature
What to expect when moving to Norway:
Friendly and open people, but they expect you to initiate contact
Highly multicultural in the larger cities
Most Norwegians have a relatively good command of oral English
Norwegians love the outdoors and often spend a lot of time in nature
Four seasons, and significant differences in climate between the north and the south
Sites about Norway
Interesting read on understanding Norwegian culture: A frog in the fjord. An amusing blog produced by a French employee at HiOA, a university college in Oslo.