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My trip to Denmark, and a little rant about Lånekassen

April 3, 2009

A few weeks ago my class went on a studytrip to Denmark, to see how kindergartens are run there, and how they differ from norwegian daycare instiutions.It was a blast!

We started at 6 am on a saturday morning, spending most of the day on a buss to Oslo, singing, sleeping, reading, talking…Everyone was pretty tired, but after a while people started waking up a bit, and the trip to Oslo went by pretty fast.

At 4 PM we went smiling and laughing aboard the “Danishboat”, Danskebåten, that was to ferry us over to Copenhagen.  Pretty much everyone ran down to the Tax Free when it opened, with the result that it was a pretty silent, tired and slightly redused bunch of students who got back on the buss for a bit of sightseeing the next morning.

We saw alot of different sights, like The Little Mermaid statue, the Christiania Freetown(though we didn’t acctualy stop there. It is a Freetown, where the rules and laws don’t apply. Students who had been there earlier had felt so unsafe and uncomfortable that we were warned not to go there on our own either)

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Our hotel was in the middle of the Red Light District, which we though was pretty hillarious. Walking down the street we passed one strip club after another, and a whole lot of sex shops, and the streetcorners were pretty buisy at night.

We saw alot of different kindergartens. Some of us went to a Reggio Emilia inspired one, while another group went to a kindergarten that was open 24 hours a day. It was interesting to see the differenses from Norwegian kindergartens. Some of them would most likely not have been aproved by health and security authorities here.

One day me and a few others from the class went to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum, which was just incrediable! We saw some pretty amazing things, like a shrunken head, a vampire hunter set from the middle ages( yes, I squealed like a fangirl when I saw it!)

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Anyway, it was a fun, yet exhausting trip, and I realy liked Copenhagen. I’ll definitly go back there one day.

And now on to my little rant about Lånekassen. Lånekassen, for those of you who aren’t norwegians, is a government-run bank that provides student loans with reasonable intrests.

The food and living expenses here in Norway has increased alot the past few years, and yet the student loan remains  the same: 85 000 NOK a year ( roughly 13 000 dollars). We get around 600 NOK a month( about 900 dollars). The thing is..In the cities, like Trondheim and Oslo, you have to be realy lucky to find an apartment/student housing for under 4000 NOK/600 US dollars. And for those of us commuting to and from school with train or boat, alot of the remaining money goes to paying for transportation.And the rest is spendt paying for food, but it’s barely enough. The last week before next months loan comes in, I’m always broke, living of nudles, leftovers, bread and water for dinner…It’s even worse those months when we have study trips or stuff like that, because the school covers nothing of it, and they’re usualy mandatory. Then I’m broke after two weeks, and spend the rest of the month trying to save enough for food. Forget about paying bills other than rent, there’s no way I can afford it. So if I get sick, I can’t go to the doctor, I can’t afford it, not a chance. Lånekassen REALY need to pay atention to what’s going on with prices and living expences and increase the loans!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Jasnette permalink
    April 3, 2009 12:28 pm

    Lånekassen sucks… *grumbles*

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