Наша історія

The story of Lingu started in the non-profit organization 'KIA', which works with integration and Norwegian education. The founders Edward Milsom and Odd Bjerga worked in this organization and came into contact with talented and resourceful people from many different countries.

The idea of Lingu arose in this context of mobility, language and human talents.

Founder Odd Bjerga

Odd Bjerga CEO · Lingu

  • 2008

    компанія заснована

  • 1281

    зараз активних студенти

  • 4 720

    студентів минулого року

  • 23 943

    класів минулого року

16 років з Lingu

Lingu святкує 16 років у бізнесі в 2024. Ось коротка хронологія з нашими найважливішими віхами на шляху до того, де ми знаходимося сьогодні.



Hello, World!

December 16, 2008 - On this very day, we launched our website lingu.no with our slogan ‘Expand your horizons’, while the world suffered through a financial recession.


First Customer

2 January 2009 - Our very first customer purchased an English course with Lingu. Thank you for trusting us!


Eurovision Fever

July 2010 - First commercial on the radio, with a theme related to Eurovision fever of Oslo 2010. This ad resulted in 200 course participants in various languages such as English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Persian.



July 2011 - After we got the approval from government, we launched what is still our flagship product today; Fast-track Norwegian Course (these days available as online version)


First edtech project

January 2012 - We built our very first course management system called «Lingu OS», and we launched our first online course with live video conference.


Lingu Stavanger

August 2013 - Lingu Stavanger opened its doors with full courses at all levels. 92 students lined up for their first course in our new course centre.


Social Studies Online Course

June 2014 - Launched our first course subsized by Norwegian government under the Kompetansepluss Arbeid workplace education program.
September 2014 - Our first 50 hours of Social Studies Online Course with 84 students pre-registered. Since then, several thousand people took the course and rated it 5 out of 5 stars!



March 2015 - Lingu became a protected trademark in language education.
August 2015 - Launched our Simply Online Norwegian Course with drop-in classes, e-learning and individual tutoring, allowing students all over the world to use our services flexibly and successfully learn with us.



August 2016 - Launched our norskbloggen.no Our Norwegian blog today has well over 20,000 readers every month.


Reinvented Online Courses

January 2017 - With the goal making learning Norwegian more flexible, we changed the traditional course registation and payment system to today's philosophy start anytime with nice and easy monthly payments.

Lingu Bergen

November 2017 - We opened our first offices in Bergen.



September 2018 - Partnered with Allservice in Stavanger, we took over the course «Norskopplæring med yrkespraksis» for NAV Tiltak Rogaland. The course combined intensive Norwegian language training with a period of language practice in a local company.


Merger and podcast

January 2019 - International Language School (ILS) merged with Lingu in January 2019. ILS brought in partner, Anne Tufte, and a large customer list, with well-known names such as the Skatteetaten, DNB and Oljefondet.
August 2019 - Acquired the domain ‘lingu.com’. This milestone set the company on a new trajectory; towards global markets.
November 2019 - Launched our podcast Norskpodden which has grown in popularity and has frequently been listed as #1 in language learning podcasts in Norway.


Covid-19 and Edtech

March 2020 - Covid-19 hit the world and Lingu decided to close our course centers. This was second nature for us considering our many years of experience of online teaching which we had that time already.

October 2020 - Lingu received NOK 10 million from the Norwegian government to develop new, digital forms of learning and make these available to adult education centers in Norway, giving birth to ‘Samanehs Reise’.


Lingu Haugesund

February 2021 - With a new contract for NAV, Lingu opens new premises in the Kompetansehuset in Haugesund.


Selena’s Anatomy

Month, 2022 - Lingu launched the ‘Norwegian for Health Professionals’ online course and the teaching materials ‘Selenas Anatomi’.

August, 2022 - Lingu won more contracts with the public sector and opens a new course center in Arendal.


Entering the age of AI

June 2023 - Following the AI revolution, our Edtech team launches the new AI based learning tool Skrivehjelpen, allowing our students to receive instant feedback on their writing. The course materials were developed with funding from Norwegian government.

З перших днів заснування Lingu став провідним постачальником мовного навчання в Норвегії. Сьогодні Lingu — це і edtech-компанія, і мовна школа. Наша команда зі ста людей наполегливо працює, щоб створити унікальний навчальний досвід.


Керівництво компанії складається з інноваційної та допитливої команди з великим досвідом у сфері освіти дорослих і з любов’ю до мови, технологій та освіти. Як дбайливий бізнес ми хочемо пропонувати привабливі цифрові рішення для наших користувачів, а також сприяти особистому розвитку людей, з якими ми працюємо.


Поєднуючи талант, технології та педагогіку, ми можемо створювати продукти та послуги, які забезпечують спілкування та взаємодію через мовні бар’єри. Наші продукти та послуги розширять кругозір людей і створять як нові можливості кар’єрного зростання, так і стійкість у різноманітному світі.