Coronavirus– advice and information in other languages.

Various information about the corona virus situation in different languages.

The Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi) and the National Centre of Multicultural Education (NAFO) have gathered various information about the coronavirus in different languages.

IMDi: Useful websites in other languages.

Information from NAFO

Quick facts about coronavirus:  NRK’s «New in Norway» has made short films with information about the coronavirus and advice from the health authorities. The films have Arabic, Dari, Somali and Tigrinya subtitles.

Information about home quarantine and self-isolation: The Norwegian Institute of Public Health website has information about home quarantine and self-isolation in several languages. The information can also be downloaded in PDF-format.

Films about home quarantine and self-isolation: Short films with information from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health about home quarantine and self-isolation in the following languages: Norwegian, English, French, Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Tigrinya and sign language.

How to talk to children about the coronavirus: Save the Children Norway have six tips on how to discuss the coronavirus with your children. The tips can be downloaded in PDF-format in 15 different languages.


Cancelled oral exams

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the government has decided to cancel all oral exams for pupils  in secondary school this spring

Cancelled written exams

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the government has decided to cancel all written exams this spring. This is valid for pupils both in primary and secondary school.

The pupils will receive their certificates even though there are no written exam. The grades/marks will be given based on their overall marks awarded for classwork..

All school trips are cancelled

All national and international school trips are cancelled until 20th of June 2020.

Pupils who undertake a school year abroad

The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training published the following on their website 13th of March 2020:

There are several pupils who undertake an exchange year abroad during their first or second year of upper secondary school. It is very unlikely that these pupils will be able to complete their year abroad this spring.

There will be temporarily amendments in the regulations to allow regional authorities (the county council) to approve the current school year for pupils who are unable to complete their school year abroad due to the coronavirus situation. This means that the pupils will be permitted to continue their education as planned in Norway from autumn 2020.

To get the year abroad approved, the pupils must apply to the County Council before the end of April 2020.

For pupils in the “Hordalandsklasser”, Vestland County Council will, together with the coordinating schools, organise internet-based teaching and learning for the pupils that have returned home prematurely due to the coronavirus situation.

The temporarily amendments in the regulations also apply to pupils who undertake a year abroad through private organisations. These pupils must contact the school they attended in the school year 2018/19 (vg1). Efforts will be made to include the pupils in internet-based teaching and learning, and accommodations for independent studies will be made at the schools.

Pupil payments when schools are closed

What happens with payments for board and food (subsistence) when all the schools and boarding schools are closed?

The Director for Education, Training and Competence in Vestland County has decided that we are not to claim payment for services we cannot provide. No invoices will be sent to the pupils in the period the schools are closed. Reimbursements will be given to those who has prepaid for the period from 13th of March and onwards. The same will be valid for pupils who have i.e. had subsistence payments in their educational programme.

Instruction for Vg2 and Vg3 pupils in vocational courses from April 27

From April 27, it is allowed that pupils in vocational courses at Vg2 and Vg3 level can be taught at school. Read more

Opens up for the completion of trade and journeyman’s exam tests

The situation with the spread of coronavirus has consequences for the conduct of trade and journeyman’s exam tests. In many industries and disciplines it is not possible or justifiable to run tests, while in others it can go perfectly fine. Vestland County Council has decided to open for the conduct of trade and journeyman’s exam tests where possible from Friday 26 March.

The examining committees must in every single case assess in consultation with the local test station and the candidate whether it is possible and justifiable to conduct the test. Current national guidelines for infection control must always be part of this assessment.

It is a prerequisite that everyone who is ready for the test must be completely healthy and that the test can be conducted in accordance with national guidelines for infection control. The test committee members must be physically present on the test, otherwise there is no authority to conduct tests digitally via skype or the like.

If the members of the examination board themselves are prevented from conducting tests because they are sentenced to quarantine, have care assignments for children who do not go to school or kindergarten, or that the employer does not have the opportunity to release, the test must be postponed. The same applies if the members of the test committees themselves are at risk, have a socially critical function, or are hindered by local travel restrictions.

Unemployment benefits

If you have been made redundant or laid off as a result of the coronavirus situation, you may be entitled to unemployment benefits from NAV. You have to register as a job seeker at NAV and attach the redundancy letter from your training establishment.

Information to training establishments and training offices

We anticipate that many apprentices will be made redundant due to the coronavirus situation. The training establishments must report apprentices that have been made redundant as a result of this situation to Vestland County Council.

The appropriate form can be found on this website:

More information

More information and links to NAV:

The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training published the following on their website 13th of March 2020:

Apprentices shall comply with the training establishment’s routines. If the apprentice is made redundant (temporarily laid off) as a consequence of the coronavirus situation, they are to have their apprenticeship period extended before they can sit their trade or journeyman’s examination.

If the trade and journeyman’s examination, training practice certificate test and the skills test cannot be carried out as planned in the near future, the training establishments shall accommodate for the examination or test to be carried out at a later time. In these cases, we recommend that the apprenticeship contract/training contract is extended. A new date for completion must be set and approved by the county council. The same will apply for training candidates.

On March 25, the Government has decided that a written exam for pupils in a upper secondary school in spring 2020 will be cancelled.

It is not decided what will happen with the written exams for external candidates. The Ministry of Education and Research is looking at possible solutions for external candidates to take the exams this spring.

Time and place for external candidate exams in spring 2020

We have now published the dates for the external candidate exams at 

Due to the coronavirus situation, the oral exam period starts on May 4th. Since the situation is still unclear, there may be changes in the set plan.

Closed schools

All upper secondary schools in Vestland County are currently closed until 13th of April 2020.

While the schools are closed, pupils will participate in distance education through internet-based teaching and learning. Distance education is offered to support and contribute in upholding the pupil’s educational progress during this time.

Adults in education and training

Adults who are already in education and training, will receive internet-based teaching from the school that they are enrolled at.

Contact the school directly if you have any questions.

Applying for adult education and training in 2020?

If you are applying for adult upper secondary education and training in 2020, please contact Adult Education (voksenopplæringa):