Ukrainians in Norway
15 January 2024 12:00

According to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, as of December 2023, almost 67000 Ukrainian citizens with the status of temporary collective protection lived in Norway. The cities of Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, and Drammen are the largest centres of Ukrainians. In general, Ukrainians live dispersed throughout Norway.

According to the estimates by Statistics Norway, the number of Ukrainians working in the country is approximately 11,000, of whom more than half arrived in Norway after the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion. One in five Ukrainians aged 20-66 who immigrated to Norway after the Russian invasion had a job as of November 2023 (accommodation and catering sector, business services, manufacturing, healthcare and social work, primary industry, and retail trade). There is a practice of Ukrainian labour migration on a seasonal basis: about 250 Ukrainians are non-resident foreign workers.

Ukrainian organizations in Norway

There are three Sunday schools in Norway: Ukrainian School «Kobzar» in Norway, Ukrainian School «Ellisiv» in Oslo, Ukrainian school in Stavanger, and 7 regional public organizations, namely:

  • The Ukrainian Association in Norway (established in 2004 in Oslo);
  • The Ukrainian Union of Western Norway (established in 2009 in Bergen);
  • The Ukrainian Union in Rogaland (established in 2016 in Stavanger);
  • The Ukrainian Union in Trondheim (established in 2018 in Trondheim);
  • The Ukrainian Association of Eastern Norway (established in 2020 in Oslo);
  • The Norwegian-Ukrainian Organisation in Adger (established in 2022 in Kristiansand);
  • The Ukrainian Association in Bodø (established in 2022 in Bodø).

In addition, there are initiative groups that deal with specific areas of cooperation.

The Ukrainian Association in Norway (Oslo), whose main goal is to preserve the national identity of Ukrainians abroad, was officially registered on 09.10.2004. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/204842916210134/. Postal address: 0258 Oslo, Uranienborgveien, 4. Contacts: [email protected], +47 23 27 03 79.

The Ukrainian Association in Norway (Oslo) runs a Sunday school for two age groups (2-5 and 6-12 years). Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ukrainska.shkola.kobzar.v.norvegii/.

The Ukrainian Union of Western Norway (Bergen) was established on 23.08.2009 in Bergen. The Union's mission is to strengthen relations between Ukrainians and Norwegians, preserve national traditions and promote Ukrainian culture in Norway. E-mail: [email protected]. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ukrainereihordaland/?ref=bookmarks.

The Ukrainian Union in Rogaland (Stavanger) unites about 60 people in western Norway. The work is focused on maintaining and developing Ukrainian language and culture, and conducting volunteer activities. The leadership of the Union consists of 5 people, the chairman is Olena Hebler. E-mail: [email protected]. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ukrainskforeningirogalnad.

The Ukrainian Union in Trondheim was established on 12.10.2018 in Trondheim. The Head of the Union is Olha Mosand. E-mail: [email protected]. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ukrainsktrondheim/.

The Ukrainian Association of Eastern Norway (Oslo) was established on 25.03.2020 in Oslo. The head of the Association is Natalia Pashko. The Ukrainian Association of Eastern Norway was created to unite people with Ukraine in their hearts who live in the east and not only in Norway. E-mail: [email protected]. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UkrainskForeningEastNorway/.

The Norwegian-Ukrainian Organization in Adger (Kristiansand) was established on 24.03.2022 in Kristiansand. The leadership of the Organization consists of 5 people, headed by Olena Vorontsova. E-mail: [email protected]. Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1312684039244651/.

The Ukrainian Association in Bodø was established on 29.03.2022 in Bodø. The leadership of the Association consists of 4 people, headed by Oksana Shcherbata. E-mail: [email protected]. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UkrBodo.

Educational and cultural centers of Ukrainians

Since 2006, the Ukrainian Sunday School at the Ukrainian Association in Norway has been operating in Oslo.

In 2016, Ukrainian school in Stavanger and the Ellisiv school in Oslo started their activities.

There are no Ukrainian-language media in the Kingdom of Norway.

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