Prime Minister Erna Solberg says that we cannot maintain the welfare state without investing in knowledge, and thinks a well-educated population is the key when preparing for the future. Norwegian jobs will demand knowledge and expertise if we are going to be able to keep our welfare state," Solberg says to NRK.
She thinks it is a concern that Norwegian students get average scores on international tests in mathematics, reading and science.
"The PISA-test shows that we are average and in the middle. That is not acceptable for a nation whose lives depend on knowledge. We have to get to the top. Not in everything, we but we need some world-leading university communities and a higher score for the general level of education," Solberg explains.
The Prime Minister spoke at the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise's annual conference in the Norwegian opera house on Wednesday. Although she emphasized the importance of education in order to increase productivity in the future, she also made it clear that it doesn't mean that everybody needs a PhD.
"The oil has given Norway prosperity, but Norway's future is knowledge. If we can create a knowledge-abased society we have successfully transitioned and prepared ourselves for a time after the oil age," Solberg said.