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After a year of living with a Norwegian family and attending a local school, you might never want to go home. Experience the Norwegian values of friendship, tolerance, independence, and equality. You’ll find that because of the long winters, spending time outside is a high priority for Norwegians and you’ll get lots of opportunities to explore their breathtaking glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, pristine forests, and coastlines. If you’re into skiing, it’s tough to do better than Norway, where it’s actually the official national pastime.

Things to know

Norwegians tend to have a strong sense of history and civic engagement and on special occasions you can expect to see many Norwegians wearing traditional clothing, or bunad. Vegetarianism is not common in Norway but fish is a major part of the diet, so if you’re flexible and ready to try new things, this is a good place for you.