NEWDAY is named after Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) and located at the Nansen Academy.


Nansen, the Norwegian explorer, diplomat and humanitarian activist 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 Nansen Academy was founded in 1938. Cross-cultural dialogue has always been a focus. 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.


The city of Lillehammer is a unique location for the NEWDAY summer course. 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. will also inspire NEWDAY.