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Danish has had a lasting influence on the languages spoken by the Norwegians. As an expat in Oslo, be prepared to deal in two official languages, Bokmal and Nynorsk. Both are fairly similar, though Bokmal has a stronger influence of Danish. The local Norwegian dialects have a greater bearing on Nynorsk. Bokmal is more widely spoken than Nynorsk which is limited to just 20% of the people in Oslo.

English is spoken and understood by all, and German, Spanish and French also have a presence in the city. The seven gypsy and Finn languages spoken in Norway have a small representation in Oslo.

An expat in Oslo would find it useful to learn Bokmal, which is more widely spoken than Nynorsk as most private publications are in Bokmal. The municipalities offer free classes to expats who receive job offers n Oslo. For a basic tutorial in Bokmal, refer to www.ielanguages.com/norwegian1.html

For lessons on the local Norwegian languages refer to: www.oslovo.no/content/view/25/100/ and www.migranorsk.no/index.php?show=93

The Oslo International School admits expatriate children from ages 3 to 18, and follows the IPC curriculum in the primary school, and the International Baccalaureate in the secondary section. The tuition fee is $11,548 for classes up to Kindergarten and $26,635 for grades 1-13. This includes the cost of the books and learning aids.

For more information on local schools in Oslo, see www.visitoslo.com/en/visit-schools.58274.en.html



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