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Norwegians in Israel

There are currently 600 Norwegian nationals registered at the Embassy as permanent or temporary residents in Israel.

There are a number of Norwegian institutions in Israel. Beit Norvegia in Jerusalem and the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Haifa and Ashdod, are run by the Karmel Institute. They offer affordable accommodation and organise social gatherings.

Beit Scandinavia in Haifa was founded in 1980 by Lilly and Thorvald Tånsberg. The idea was to create a ‘home away from home’ for Scandinavian youth working as volunteers at kibbutzim in Israel.

The Norwegian Church Ministry to Israel (Den Norske Israelsmisjon) runs the Beit Eliahu congregation and the Ebenezer Old Parents’ Home in Haifa. Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and the Immanuel Church and congregation house in Tel Aviv are also run by the Norwegian Church Ministry to Israel

The Norwegian Pentecostal Movement is engaged in various social work in Israel, notably in bringing Norwegian volunteers to ‘Eitanim Mental Hospital’ in Jerusalem. They assist especially in building, renovation and maintenance work of the hospital.

Every year a handful of Norwegian students avail themselves of loans/grants from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund that enables them to study at Israeli universities and institutions of higher education.

A total of 9.200 Norwegian tourists visited Israel from January to September 2016, according to the Israel Ministry of Tourism.