This is an archived release.
High number of foreign participants on short courses
The number of foreign participants has increased by 270 persons from 2012 to approximately 1 350 participants. This is an increase of 24 per cent within this group. Most countries had a reduction in the number of participants, with the exception of Sweden, which had a significant increase. Denmark and Russia had previously dominated the statistics of foreign participants but both countries had significant reductions from 2012; Denmark by as much as 46 per cent and Russia by 23 per cent.
|2013||2012 - 2013||2010 - 2013|
|19 year or younger||535||-5.8||-21.7|
|20-29 years||1 028||8.9||2.1|
|50 years or older||3 849||-9.6||-1.7|
|19 year or younger||782||4.7||-23.2|
|20-29 years||1 332||-1.9||4.5|
|40-49 years||1 864||5.7||0.9|
|50 years or older||6 408||-1.9||-4.6|
In 2013, the number of participants on the various short courses at folk high schools was 18 500. There have not been any significant changes in participant numbers over the years. There was a slight reduction of about 1 per cent compared with 2012. The gender distribution has also been stable over the years, with about 60 per cent female participation.
Most participants on the short courses are 50 years and over, making up 55 per cent of all participants. Women within the age group 40-49 years make up 10 per cent of the total participants, and women are in the majority in all age groups. The participation rate in age groups is stable compared with 2012, with the exception of men aged 50 years and over, who registered a 10 per cent reduction.
The county of Nordland has the highest number of participants in folk high schools. In 2013, the county had 2 090 participants. Finnmark had about 300 participants.
Norwegian folk high schools offer a wide variety of short courses. The most popular courses in 2013 were Aesthetic subjects and Handicraft, which had about 6 900 participants, and 40 per cent of the participants were women aged 50 years and over. Social sciences, Humanities, philosophy and ethics, and Health, social and sports subjects also had more than 2 400 participants each. Organisation and management is a popular field of study for both men and women and had almost 1 100 participants in 2013.