Norwegian 18-year-olds to get hundreds of free European train tickets

Girls sitting on trains. Model cleared for editorial use. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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From this year, 18-year-old Norwegians will be able to take part in a European Union scheme that gives away thousands of free train tickets every year.

“Discover EU” scheme to give 760 tickets to young Norwegians

18-year-old Norwegians will now be able to take part in a scheme where the EU gives away thousands of free train tickets every year. The “DiscoverY” ticket competition is a part of the Erasmus+ program where the EU distributes 70,000 free train tickets, of which Norway will now be allocated 760 annually. The purpose is to promote cross-cultural exchange throughout Europe.

Wenche Mobråten, division director in the Directorate for Children, Youth and Families (Bufdir), spoke of the purpose of giving young adults this chance. “Train travel across national borders will create unity and friendship, and from this year Norway will also be involved. We are pleased that this initiative now also includes Norwegian young people”, she told NTB. Mobråten also mentioned how this scheme is the perfect opportunity for young Norwegians to take advantage of Europe emerging from two years of border closures and travel restrictions.

The competition involves five multiple-choice questions and one “guessing” question. Those who guess the question correctly will win and the rest will go on a waiting list. Contestants can enter with up to four friends but must be resident in Norway. If contestants live far away from a railway station, they will be paid to travel to the nearest one.

Entry for the scheme is available on the E.U Youth Portal website here.

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

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