About the Seljord district
Seljord – rich in scenery and culture!
Seljord district is located halfway between east and west; 170 km from Oslo, 280 km from Haugesund and 28 km from Bø. Seljord town centre is a transport centre with express buses ensuring good communication with the outside world, e.g. Oslo, Bergen, Grenland and Torp.
The district covers a total area of 711 km² and has a population of just under 3000.
Seljord is the trade centre of the Western Telemark region. However, there is still plenty of room for new enterprises and employment, in the town centre and other industrial areas. The municipality has a business fund, and employers are eligible for reduced employer levies. The goal of working with businesses and enterprises is to further the development of Seljord as a regional trade, service and production centre. The purpose is also to create good conditions for new and established enterprises and to ensure profitable agriculture through development of subsidiary income in conjunction with sustainable use of natural resources.
Seljord represents ‘the nice place to live’ with plenty of sections in all price categories and sizes; from NOK 10.000 – 150.000, from ¼ - 2 acres. There are attractive housing development areas with plenty of space, local businesses and playgrounds, tramping tracks and forests. Sejord district provides a safe place to grow up, guaranteed kindergarten place, a private primary school in Åmotsdal, a primary school in Flatdal, and primary school, middle school, secondary school and a community college in Seljord town centre.
A variety of clubs and organisations cater for most aspects of cultural activities, all year round.
In addition to many local community halls, Seljord has the regional cultural centre for Western Telemark at “Granvin Kulturhus”. This is a centre for concerts, theatre, cinema and sports. Seljord has excellent facilities for physical activities. There is a sports centre and swimming pool, and a training center, Sterk-Nils, and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy beaches, sheltered lowlands and tramping in forests or mountains.
An art society, art gallery, art centre, art museum, painting club and craft shops with annual exhibitions and other cultural activities attract many tourists to Seljord.
The “Dyrsku” show, first started in 1866, attracts many visitors every September. Over 70 000 people visit the Dyrsku show over the three days. The arena is also a venue for the biggest Scandinavian country music festival, dance band festival, accordion festival, camps and gatherings and much more.
Many painters and other artists have found motives and inspiration in Seljord.
The district has inherited one of the richest and most lively traditions within folk music and art. Much of what is deemed Norway’s cultural heritage comes from Seljord, for example fairytales, fables and folklore.
The Sea Monster has a central part in Seljord’s cultural history, with written accounts of the Sea Monster dating back to the 1700s. Many “sane” and reliable people have seen something inexplicable. There is also built a Sea Monster Tower by the lake.
The maximum cost of a nursery school /Kindergarten place is NOK 2.990 per month for a full time place. Money for food etc. is not included. (the prices is per 1.st of January 2019)
Municipal discount scheme:
You can apply to the Municipal of Seljord for discounted nursery school /Kindergarten fees if the total taxable personal and capital income of the household/family is below NOK 548.167 per annum.
A household is classified as spouses, registered partners and cohabitees. If the child lives permanently with both parents (shared custody), fees shall be calculated based on the income of the parent who has the same address as the child, i.e., the address in the Norwegian Population Register.
Free core time:
The municipality gives exemption for 20 hours per week (free core time) to three, four and five-year-olds in families with an income up to NOK 533.500 (from 1st of August 2018). This also applies to children who will be starting school later than normal. From 1st of August 2019 this will also include two-years-old.
Application and documentation:
Please apply for reduced parent’s payment and core time free of charge on the municipality’s application form. Decisions of reduced payment is given from the month after reception of the application, and is valid throughout the kindergarten year (till mid August).
A new application must be submitted for every kindergarten year.
Requested documentation is the tax return paper (Skattemelding) from last year and possibly pay slips for the three previous months. It is important that the requested documentation is attached to the application form. Applications lacking sufficient documentation will be returned without being processed.
Reduction in price for siblings:
You don’t need to apply for reduction for siblings since it will be calculated automatically. Parents with more than one child in a kindergarten get a reduction, however the siblings must live in the same household. The reduction is based on whether the child is there full-time or part-time, and is calculated the following way:
- The first child is regular price
- The second child gets 30 % sibling’s reduction
- The third child, or more, gets 50 % sibling’s reduction
Calculating the discount:
Seljord kommune, the owner of the nursery school/Kindergarten, will send invoices (faktura) for discounted fees/prices to its customers. Seljord kommune determines the fees for nursery schools/Kindergartens in accordance with applicable regulations. Invoices will be automatically adjusted in accordance with the granted discount.
You will find the application forms on our website/ Skjema (Application forms). We have both electronic forms and in paper version.
For more information, contact Seljord kommune ved Tone Bøhn, tlf 350 65122 firstname.lastname@example.org