For the first time, there are over 300,000 students in Norway

StudentPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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There has been a large increase in the number of students at Norwegian universities and colleges throughout the pandemic. Last autumn, Norway had 300,000 students.

In the autumn of 2021, 304,900 students were registered at universities and colleges in Norway. The number of students increased by 12,000 from 2020 to 2021, Statistics Norway (SSB) writes.

Students over the age of 30 accounted for almost half of the increase, with 5,700 additional students.

“During two years of the pandemic, we have seen a large increase in the number of students, with an annual growth of as much as 4% both in 2020 and 2021. In comparison, the annual growth has averaged 2% in the previous ten years,” Maj-Lisa Lervåg, who is responsible for student statistics, stated.

Among the students at Norwegian universities and colleges, around 60% are women, and 40% are men. The gender distribution has remained stable over the past 20 years.

In total, 38.4% of the country’s 19-24-year-olds were in higher education last autumn – an increase from 31.6% from ten years earlier.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayEducation

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