I am a doctor and came to Norway as a refugee at the beginning of 2004. I have not been in Norway for very long, but know how important knowledge of the country can be. As a newcomer to the country, you will discover there is a lot to learn, but finding out as much as you can about Norway will make life easier while you are here. You need to know about the Norwegian educational system so that your children can learn as much as possible at school. You need to know about Norwegian laws so that you do not break them. It is also important to know how Norwegians themselves live and work.
Women need to know about the things that are important to them in particular. Families with children need to know about issues that are relevant to their situation, and children need information that is suited to their needs.
Those whose applications have been turned down need different information than those who have been granted permission to stay in Norway.
The material presented on these pages will be discussed in more detail at the reception centre's information programme, which will also cover many other topics. The information programme will teach you a lot of important things about living in Norway.
These pages are intended to help you learn about your rights, duties and opportunities in Norway, regardless of whether you will be allowed to stay here or asked to leave.
At the reception centre you will also be informed about the house rules, fire regulations, money regulations, rules for residing at the reception centre and rules governing absences from the reception centre. Reception centre staff will also tell you what to do if you need a doctor, and about local transport, shops, schools and pre-school day care.
Reception centres also offer a number of activities for residents. You can enquire about what activities you can take part in.