The purpose of the school project is to invest in the youth; to build a good network for future endeavours across the border and to learn each other’s language and culture.
The school project started 2008 as a cooperation between Troms fylke, Murmansk oblast and Murmansk municipality. Since 2012, the Norwegian-Russian School has become a permanent study program.
The Norwegian-Russian School in Murmansk is a filial school under Kongsbakken videregående skole, which is a secondary school in Tromsø. In practice this means that the program follows the Norwegian study plan, but it is physically placed in Gymnasium nr.1 in Murmansk, Russia.
After completion, all students (both Norwegians and Russians) receive the Norwegian diploma of secondary school (i.e. norsk vitnemål), which allows the Russian students to enroll in Norwegian universities or colleges.