Liberals and Christian Democrats Block Tuition Fee for Foreign Students in Norway

Last night, Christian Democratic Party (KrF) parliamentary group decided to oppose the government’s proposal for introducing tuition fees for foreigners at Norwegian universities and colleges.

– It is certainly good that we have a free education principle in Norway. What applies to Norwegian citizens should also apply to others who come here to study, because it is about social mobility. Otherwise, we make a selfish discrimination, said KrF youth branch leader Emil AndrĂ© Erstad.

– We have to protect free education principle that we have promised to do in our program, said Erstad.

The government had wanted to introduce fees for students outside the European Economic Area in 2015. After the proposal, another external supporter of the governmnet Liberals (Venstre) also announced they are against the government’s plan. With both parties’s oppostion, the government lost their majority for approval of the regulation and they will not be able to introduce paid education for foreigners in the near future.


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