If you move to Norway with a small child, chances are that the first word you learn in Norwegian will be “barnehage.” Generally translated as “kindergarten” (“barn”=child and “hage”=garden), it is more like day care in the U.S. Indeed, one of the most confusing things that I started doing when we decided to move here was tell people back home that I needed to enroll my one-and-a-half year old in kindergarten.

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