Does immigration pay off for Norway?

This question arises regularly in the public debate. There are approx. 550,000 immigrants in Norway and now and then the question arises as to whether immigration is profitable for Norway.

The answer to the profitability question is that everyone is unprofitable.

An individual's productivity, or participation in working life,  varies with time. So does his or her consumption of public services. The factor that contributes mostly to first generation immigrants' occupational and civic activity is language training, and secondly education. As time passes, immigrant families in Norway become more and more Norwegian, and they use a similar level of public services as the general population. The children need kindergartens and schools, those who work will eventually retire and need care. As with the rest of the population, the proportion of people in work gets too small to carry the burden of the large public expenditure alone, without the oil money.

In economic terms, guest workers are the most profitable for public finances. Guest workers come ready to work, they pay taxes, consume goods and services, and return home before they become infirm or in need of health and elderly care.

The Norwegian welfare state does not actually make a profit, and will eventually have to be reformed. It will be a long and arduous political journey. But a welfare state is not about making profit, it’s about ensuring the well-being of its citizens.

Our Norwegian courses

Course offer >

Course offer

We offer three differend kinds of online Norwegian courses:

  • Certified course with supervision
  • Supervised courses
  • Self-study courses

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Approved courses >

Approved courses

You can get registered a maximum of 12 hours per week. Of all the completed and approved hours, 1/6 has to include supervision from your online teacher. The supervision can be realized through Skype sessions, phone calls, written or oral feedback.

All our approved courses can be extended. The certificate you recieve after completing the course, can be used as documentation in conjuction with application for permanent residency in Norway.

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Online teacher

At the start of the course you will be assigned a online teacher who will help you with the Norwegian language instruction.

All of the course packages from include supervised sessions with experienced online teachers.

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Self-study course >

Course as self-study

During a self-study course you work on your own using the interactive e-learning program. You can use all functions within the program, but you will not be able to send completed tasks and assignments to online teacher. The certificate you recieve after completing the course cannot be used in conjuction with application for permanent residency in Norway.

You can at any time purchase online tutoring sessions with an online teacher.

Corporate customers >

Corporate customers

We provide packages with approved Norwegian language courses for corporate customers.

Included in the course packages are regular reporting and follow-up. The person responsible for the courses in the company will receive reports throughout the course with up-to-date information about the students’ progress and results.

We can also tailor courses to the company’s particular requirements. If you want to learn more, please contact

Course format >

Course format

Once you have sent in your registration form, you will receive a confirmation in an e-mail, which also contains your username and password, and information about your course.

If you are unsure about which level to choose, we recommend that you take the Norwegian language test. You can work with the course when you like and at your own pace. You will work with multimedia texts containing intricately connected texts, images, videos, explanations of words and assignments.

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Technical requirements >

Technical requirements

You need a computer with a sound card and must be sure that the computer has an Internet connection with enough capacity to allow transfer of the course contents, including the multimedia elements.

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