International voices look at Norway for a role model, while people in Bergen seem to struggle as well with the restrictions.

GLAD. Sofia Cestonaro is happy that in Norway she is able to do things, compared to being in lockdown in Italy. PHOTO: Andrea Olsen


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Sofia Cestonaro has arrived in Bergen in the beginning of January from Italy. She thinks that the locals in Norway have a big advantage when it comes to the corona situation, which has forced everyone to keep social distance. – People do not constantly hang out in big groups, but that is rooted in their culture. In some way Norwegians … Read More

This says the acting head of Studentenes Psykiske Helsetjeneste - SPH (Students' Mental Health Service), Charlotte Lie. And this is especially true for international students.


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Seeking help as a student, when struggling with mental issues, even if it is just the experience of loneliness, is often hard. For international students there might even be bigger obstacles. The foreign language may seem like a big complication, but Charlotte Lie, acting head of SPH explains that she never experienced any problems in consultation with international students. The … Read More

CORRESPONDENT: My journal as an Italian student in the times of the coronavirus.

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When the Italian government announced on February 23th the closure of universities and schools for a week in areas where coronavirus was most spread, a sigh of relief rose from Bologna, the city where my university is located. Freedom! Nothing more to do than go for an aperitivo with friends. When the suspension was prolonged week by week, the sighs … Read More