About NOVU

NOVU is the inter-Scandinavian abbreviation of Nordisk vänortsvecka för ungdom.

Its an annual youth camp for young people from the twin cities of Lahti (Finland), Akureyri (Iceland), Västerås (Sweden), Randers (Denmark) and Ålesund (Norway). 

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From each city you will meet 17 youngsters, 2 groupleaders, 2-5 politicians and officials. Usually 2 members of the "Foreningen Norden" will also participate.

NOVU means cultural exchange between Scandinavian youngsters, NOVU means a summer week with lots of activities and new experiences, NOVU means friendship!

NOVU in general

Visit Västerås

Furthermore a delegation of politicians and officials will visit Västerås to follow both the young people in their activities and to enjoy a special developed programme.



During this period there is special emphasis on activities that focus on the Nordic contribution to fulfil the United Nation’s millennium goals.

Read more about the aims here.


Participation is not based on specific skills, but on more general qualities as cooperativeness, interest in the theme and the ability of communication in english.

You must be able to cope with homesickness and sometimes pressure from an intensive day and hard work.

Be aware of these three basic rules:
1. Represent your city and country in a positive and active way
2. Be ready to participate whenever the program starts
3. Make room for others and make sure their needs are met

Each city appoints a leader to be the responsible leader in the accommodation unit. Every morning a groupleader meeting will be held to ensure that the NOVU-week is performed with a high level of information and confidence.  

And very important: All activities with young people are held without use of any kind of alcohol and drugs!

Contact your own city to apply for participation!


Issues concerning the program in general, social activities, the NOVU camp etc.

Postal Address:
Kultur- og fritidsafdelingen
DK - 8900 Randers C

Twin city contacts

You can find the local contactpersons in the municipal offices in the twin cities, and they are furtherly connected in an official network with the organizers in Randers. You can get further information about participation, notification, travelling expenses, practical informations etc. by contacting following officials: