The location

Nansen Academy

NEWDAY is hosted by the folk high school Nansen Academy located in Lillehammer, Norway. Since its founding in 1938, Nansen Academy has emphasized cross-cultural dialogue. Dialogue is not understood as searching for agreement, but for mutual understanding. The Nansen Academy has received several awards, among them the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

Nansen Academy and NEWDAY share a common relation in Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), the Norwegian explorer, diplomat and humanitarian activist, who embodied a spirit and a desire to contribute to making the world a better place. In the 1920s, Nansen maintained that morality was of the most fundamental importance for human progress. His view is likely to be widely endorsed in the East as well as the West - it is as acutely relevant today as it was then.


The city of Lillehammer is a unique location for the NEWDAY summer course. Located in Oppland county in Norway by the northern part of Mjøsa, Norway’s biggest lake, it offers picturesque views and pristine natural surroundings. The city is also home to Maihaugen, one of Norway’s largest open-air museums, art museums, and has hosted several award-winning authors throughout the years.

Lillehammer hosted the Olympic Games in 1994 and the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2016. Access to excellent sports facilities is an added value for the academy, and the Olympic spirit is well known and preserved in Lillehammer. The motto of the YOG: “Go beyond. Create tomorrow.” also serves as an inspiriation for NEWDAY.

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