A Few Simple Ways Norwegian Schools Are Making Money

A Few Simple Ways Norwegian Schools Are Making Money

August 2, 2020 Off By Virgil Olson

Some would say that Norway follows many rules. However, you would be surprised how everything turns in chaos at the beginning of May. This is the time when Norwegian students are about to graduate, and they organize a massive celebration.

However, this is something never seen before. We would compare it to unrealistic scenes seen in American college movies, where student party 24/7. But how they come up with the money for a 17-day long celebration?

Well, it’s simple! Norway has a tradition called tennbriketter dugnad, which, among other things, reflects voluntary work, and it’s the reason why students can afford expensive busses and cars, clothes, food, and alcohol.

Now, let’s discuss how schools are making money since they follow a similar example.

Volunteer work

Dugnad is a Norwegian word, which means to contribute something for an individual or community. In 2004, this was named as Norway’s national world, after the TV series “Typisk Norsk” was aired on NRK.

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But how does a typical charity event look like? First of all, one community, organization, or school needs to have a common goal. For instance, let’s say some schools want to send its student to a field trip. In this case, the school needs to rent a bus, pay a driver, and ensure plenty of food and beverages.Depending on the number of students, this can be a lot of money. Therefore, they organize dugnad or, in other words, fundraising, where the entire community takes part, to ensure kids can go on a field trip.

Different types of fundraising

As we already explained, Norway’s culture is quite specific, and fundraising is part of their tradition. No person in Norway would avoid dugnad because they consider it rude and disrespectful.
For schools to fundraise money, they often engage in various activities, such as selling firelighters, launching school newspapers, selling toilet paper, gift cards, socks, and many others.

A lot of parents are always there to make a donation and help school reaches its goal.

But, how do they come up with such items. Well, there are a lot of companies and online websites across Norway, which manufacture dugnad accessories. They are quite affordable, especially if they are bought in a bundle. Later on, schools or individuals are reselling them to earn money and finance their activities and projects.
It’s effortless, cost-effective, and kids have a lot of fun selling them.

Why lighter briquettes?

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Foreigners have a hard time understanding why Norwegian people are selling ignition briquettes and who would want to buy them in the first place. Well, you would be surprised to know how useful they can be.

You can use firelighters to start a fireplace, wood stove, grill, or a fire. Therefore, selling them is a way to make money. This can be a great contribution to your sports team, school class, field trip, etc.One box contains approximately 200 briquettes, all-natural, without added paraffin, so it’s environmentally friendly as well.