When young students finish high school, they often move straight on to higher education or work without ever having the time to think about what they truly want in life. In the Nordic countries, however, a unique tradition makes it possible for them to take a year off at a folkehøgskole (folk high school) to do what they love and figure things out. At Elverum Folkehøgskole, located a few hours northeast of Oslo, students can do extreme sports, discover Africa, produce their own music or become better snowboarders. “As a supplement, they can also pick and choose from more than 25 elective subjects including kickboxing, photography and soccer,” explains headmaster Per Egil Andersen.

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