This is an archived release.
Short courses attract more than 16 600
In 2000, more than 16 600 participants took various short courses at folk high schools in Norway. Just over 1 000 of the participants were non-resident foreign citizens who came to Norway to go to school.
The aesthetic and crafts subjects were the most popular. Thirty-eight per cent of participants signed up for courses in this main field. Participants studying humanities, philosophy and ethics accounted for 20 per cent of participants, while 18 per cent were enrolled in social studies courses. Transport and communications courses had the fewest participants, with barely 0.5 per cent of all participants.
(According to Aktuell utdanningsstatistikk 5/2001 (Current Education Statistics 5/2000), table 2.14, short courses at the folk high schools were attended by 16 844 participants in 2000. The difference is probably due to underreporting to Statistics Norway.)
Non-resident foreign citizens accounted for 6 per cent of participants. Eighty-four per cent of them listed their nationality. Danish citizens accounted for 36 per cent, while German and Russian citizens represented 22 and 17 per cent of participants whose citizenship was listed. Thirty-one per cent of all non-resident foreign citizens took social studies courses, 20 per cent aesthetic and crafts subjects and 17 per cent natural resource management, ecology, environmental protection and recreational subjects.
Just over 2 per cent of all participants were members of special target groups (cf. Section 24 of the Adult Education Act). Sixty-six per cent of them took health, social studies and sports subjects.
Reporting of short courses in 2000 was the first reporting of these types of courses from folk high schools to Statistics Norway. The number of participants is not the same as the number of persons, as one person may be counted several times because he or she took several courses.