A Nordic Democracy Seminar for Young Ukrainians

Empowering Tomorrow

What is it like to live in a Nordic country as a young Ukrainian right now? How can you communicate about the situation in your homeland? And in which ways can you help make a change? These are some of the questions that will be discussed on the upcoming seminar.


What do you achieve by participating?

  • An opportunity to learn from experts and peers about the principles and practices of democracy and freedom of speech.
  • The chance to share your experiences and challenges living abroad with fellow young Ukrainians staying in different Scandinavian regions.
  • Expanding the network of peers in the Scandinavian countries.
  • Explore ways to collaborate and amplify your voices in the public sphere.

Join the seminar

When and where?

  • June 7-9, 2024, at Nansen Academy in Lillehammer Norway.
  • The seminar is free of charge including all travel expenses. 


You need to:

  • have Ukrainian citizenship.
  • be staying, studying, living or working in a Nordic country.
  • have an age between 18 and 25.
  • be able to speak Ukrainian and English.


  • Send a motivated application by March 10.


Meet Oksana - your host

I am young professional with a strong commitment to promoting youth engagement and civil society development in Ukraine, making them a strong candidate for roles related to community development, civic engagement, and rebuilding efforts in the country.

Currently working on conducting dialogue and cultural exchange between Denmark and Ukraine.


14:00 – 15:00 Check in

15:00 – 16:00 Social meet-and-greet /icebreaker

16:00 – 18:00 Ukrainian resilience

18:00 – 19:00 Dinner

19:30 – 21:00 Poetry reading and Bonfire

08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:30 Morning assembly

09:30 – 10:30 The Nordic democratic traditions within education and civil society

11:00 – 12:00 Presentation and workshops

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 Workshops

  • Ukrainian Danish Youth House
  • Ukraine House
  • Nordic Ukraine Forum
  • Building Ukraine together

15:00 – 15:30 Pause

15:30 – 17:30 Workshops 2

  • Ukrainian Danish Youth House
  • Ukraine House
  • Nordic Ukraine Forum
  • Building Ukraine together

18:00 – 19:00 Dinner

19:30 – 21:00 Walk and Talk: Sharing experinces – how is it to be a young Ukrainian in a Nordic country

08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:30 Morning assembly

09:30 – 10:30 Take aways, new inspiration, and building bridge to further engagement

Practical information

To register, please fill out this online form by March 10 and attach a motivated application. This will ensure that we can diversify the composition of participants regarding gender, age, and country of temporary residence.

You can expect an answer by March 20. Spaces are limited, so hurry up and secure your spot!


Oslo to Lillehammer

From Oslo Central station to Lillehammer Station - approx 2 hours

Train RE10 towards Lillehammer or Train F6 towards Kvitfjel


From Oslo Airport to Lillehammer Station - approx 1.5 hours

Train RE10 towards Lillehammer or Train F6 towards Kvitfjel


Lillehammer st. to Nansen Academy

13 minutes by foot



There is parking for some cars in the school car park, but it would be an advantage if everyone, who has the opportunity to do so, could make use of the good public transport.

Electric car charger: There is a simple charger on the school grounds, managed by Plug-pay. This is not a fast-charger. However, there are many fast-charging stations in Lillehammer.

The seminar is free of charge that includes accommodation and food. Any expenses towards transportation will also be covered.

To claim reimbursement, you need to follow these steps:

  • Collect and keep all the receipts or proof of payment for your transport expenses. You may need to scan or take a photo of them when you are submitting your claim online.
  • Fill out the reimbursement form provided by us after the seminar. You will also need to attach the receipts or proof of payment to the form.

Bedlinen and towels are included. The rooms have a sink and shared bathroom fascilities on every corridor.

The rooms have a view over the garden or the courtyard in front of the school.

All the rooms and the main school building have Wifi.

Breakfast x 2

Lunch x 1

Dinner x 2

Allergy/intolerance: The kitchen will be able to make arrangements for this if necessary.


Breakfast: A varied selection of toppings. We always have fresh bread and rolls and various cereals, as well as yogurt, juice and various types of milk.

Lunch: Consists of two hot dishes (Meat or fish, and a vegetarian dish). Various salads and cold meat and fish dishes are served. Dessert also belongs to a good cold table.

Dinner: Served in the evening and consists of a main course with dessert to follow. Vegetarian dishes and various diets are prepared as needed.


Fresh fruit and biscuits are available between meals.

A hot drink machine with freshly ground coffee, cappuccino, tea and cocoa is available during the school's opening hours.