Language & Culture

Linguistic and cultural competence is essential to the establishment and maintenance of contact across borders. English may still be the main common vehicle of communication between Norwegians and Japanese, but during the last 20 years, the number of Norwegians who have chosen to learn Japanese has increased immensely. As a consequence, a large group of Japanese proficient Norwegians has emerged. These language learning processes are time-consuming, and also involve a great amount of cultural learning of great value.

In Norway, Japanese language and culture is taught at four separate institutions of higher education: University of Oslo, University of Bergen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Norwegian School of Economics. The academic staffs are involved in a wide range of Japan-related research, mainly in the humanities and social sciences. Among the research areas we find:

  • Japanese linguistics, language teaching and intercultural communication
  • Japanese politics, history and religion
  • Japanese literature, film and popular culture

While Norwegian is a rather minor language globally speaking, increased student mobility has contributed to a growth in the number of Japanese who embark on learning Norwegian.  In Japan, the Nordic Department at Tokai University offers Norwegian language and culture as a specialization. Several other institutions have academic staff with Norwegian society as their main area of expertise, and various kinds of research collaborations exist.




PhD Research Fellowship in Japanese linguistics at the University of Bergen

PhD Research Fellowship in Japanese linguistics at the University of Bergen

Application deadline: 10 March 2014 A PhD fellowship in Japanese linguistics is available at the Department of Foreign Languages starting from August 2014 or as soon as possible. For more information visit the following link:

February 5, 2014 : Trondheim

Business Breakfast Meeting, “Japan – Business Opportunities and Business Culture”

Om du er interessert i å lære mer om japansk businesskultur og trender i det japanske markedet, kan du møte opp på frokostseminar i Trondheim. Seminaret vil dreie seg om å finne forretningsmuligheter mellom norske og japanske bedrifter, samt diskutere problemer som kan oppstå i møte med en fremmed businesskultur. For mer informasjon og påmelding,(…)

Lifestyle Scandinavia Academy Event
June 22, 2013 : Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Lifestyle Scandinavia Academy Event

Presenting Norwegian ‘Lifestyle Cafe’ Fuglen, a Guided Tour of Norwegian Icons Vintage Design Exhibition + Norwegian Waffles!

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