Four out of ten kindergartens in Norway reduced their opening hours last winter

KindergartenPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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Increased infection pressure during the winter of 2021 forced four out of ten kindergartens in Norway to reduce opening hours. In Oslo, 90% had to cut opening hours.

“Parents must be confident that their children will receive a good daycare offer, and we know that daycare centers and employees have been working to ensure good follow-up and full opening hours.

“But the virus mutations this winter made it extra demanding. The figures show that it was hardest in Oslo, Viken, and Vestland,” Minister of Education and Integration Guri Melby (V) noted in a press release.

A total of 39% of the country’s 5,600 kindergartens had to reduce their opening hours in January and February due to the increased infection pressure.

Large differences across Norway

That is an increase of 30% in the autumn of 2020.

The differences have been large around the country. In Oslo, as many as 90% of kindergartens had to reduce their opening hours, while 54% in Viken and 48% in Western Norway had to do the same.

Kindergartens in Agder and Troms and Finnmark were least affected. There, only 8% had to reduce their opening hours.

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

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