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The Foreigner No state Norwegian language tuition support means others must step in. A lack of government funding for Norwegian classes has led to volunteers holding these in churches, reports say. For NOK 300 including coffee and tea, some 1,000 immigrants living around Norway attended this autumn’s congregation or volunteer-run classes. Others are on waiting lists.  Immigrants to Norway from the EU to do not have to learn Norwegian,, or the automatic right to tuition, but many employers require workers speak the language. 

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No state Norwegian language tuition support means others must step in

Published on Wednesday, 12th December, 2012 at 15:56 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 12th December 2012 at 17:18.

A lack of government funding for Norwegian classes has led to volunteers holding these in churches, reports say.



For NOK 300 including coffee and tea, some 1,000 immigrants living around Norway attended this autumn’s congregation or volunteer-run classes. Others are on waiting lists. 

Immigrants to Norway from the EU to do not have to learn Norwegian,, or the automatic right to tuition, but many employers require workers speak the language. 

EU immigrants are also not entitled to free language tuition. 55 percent of those attending Norwegian courses paid for the classes themselves in 2011.

Many are unable to afford the fees needed, however.

In further immigrant Norwegian language news, researchers have linked weak skills to overweight.

Results of a study show that non-western immigrants without sufficient language knowledge have a high Body Mass Index (BMI). 

The relationship seems to be more common with women from Pakistan and Turkey in particular.

Moreover, researchers allege an average-height Pakistani woman of about 5 foot 1 (or 157 centimetres) can trim 2 kilos ( 4.4 pounds) off her weight the better Norwegian skills she has.

They call their findings “quite robust”, at the same time admitting these are no basis for strong conclusions on the reasons.

“Still, the discovery is a clear indication that participation in the community, and eventually better language skills, can provide positive health effects,” Tor Iversen, professor at the University of Oslo’s Department of Health Management and Health Economics, tells research site forskning.no.

The study, which will be published in the Economics and Human Biology Journal in January, also included immigrants from Iran, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.



Published on Wednesday, 12th December, 2012 at 15:56 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 12th December 2012 at 17:18.

This post has the following tags: norwegianlanguagetuition, norwayimmigration, norwayhealth.





  
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