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Living and Working in Norway. Erik Jørgensen/Innovation Norway. Nils-Erik Bjørholt/Innovation Norway. Marinella van Welsenes NAV EURES Norway. Johan Wildhagen/Innovation Norway. NAV EURES. Labour and Welfare Administration Job Centre National Insurance Welfare office

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Living and Working in Norway

Erik Jørgensen/Innovation Norway

Nils-Erik Bjørholt/Innovation Norway

Marinella van Welsenes

NAV EURES Norway

Johan Wildhagen/Innovation Norway

nav eures
NAV EURES
  • Labour and Welfare Administration
    • Job Centre
    • National Insurance
    • Welfare office
  • EURopean Employment Services
    • - Advisors in 31 countries
    • - Job market and job search
    • - Living and working
    • - Recruitment assistance
  • www.nav.no
  • www.eures.no
norway
Norway
  • Currency Norwegian kroner, NOK
  • Constitutional monarchy, King Harald V
  • Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
  • Centre-Left Coalition government

€ 1 = NOK 8,02

characteristics
Characteristics
  • -30° to +30°C
  • Bright summers/Midnight Sun
  • Dark winters/Polar Night
    • Northern Lights

(aurora borealis)

  • Natural variety
  • Outdoor culture
  • High standard of living
  • Extensive welfare system
  • Safe working conditions
geography
Geography
  • Population 4,845,126
  • Immigrants: 500,000
    • (Poland, Pakistan, Sweden, Irak, Somalia, Germany…)
  • 19 counties
  • Capital Oslo
    • 575,475 inhabitants
  • Biggest cities:

Trondheim 168,257

  • Bergen 252,051

Stavanger 121,610

Kristiansand 79,500

norway1
Norway
  • Length 1750 km
  • 432 km at the widest,

6 km at the narrowest

  • 25,148 kms coastline
  • 7th largest in Europe
  • 16 persons per km2
language
Language
  • Most employers require Norwegian or a Scandinavian language
  • Norwegian courses held in most towns
  • Free language courses not offered
  • Two official forms:
    • Standard Norwegian (bokmål)
    • New Norwegian (nynorsk)
  • Close to Swedish and Danish
  • Norwegians speak English well
  • Many regional dialects
language tools
Language Tools
  • www.migranorsk.no (web-based course)
  • www.lexin.no (dictionary)
  • www.dialang.org (language test)
  • http://steinpastein.cappelendamm.no (free online exercise book)
  • Visit your local bookstore for book/CD courses
cultural matters
Cultural Matters
  • Flat structure in the workplace – Who is the boss?
  • Conformity/Equality/No special treatment
  • Enjoying space, keeping distance, privacy
  • Not the most impulsive ones – need time
  • Cold lunches
  • ”Rude”?
  • Dress code
labour market statistics
Labour Market Statistics
  • Unemployment: 3.2% (83 434 persons)
  • Companies and institutions need:
    • Pre-school teachers
    • Teachers
    • Medical doctors, nurses
    • Psychologists
    • Dentists
  • There are 24 717 jobs advertised (www.nav.no)
  • Another 30 000–40 000 jobs not advertised
working conditions 1
Working Conditions 1
  • Written contract!
  • 6 months probationary period
  • Salary paid once a month
  • Employer draws tax from your monthly pay
  • 37,5 working hours per week
  • Shift workers have 35,5 hours working week.
  • Maximum 40 hours per week.
working conditions 2
Working Conditions 2
  • Holiday: 25 working days per year
  • 30 days for employees over the age of 60
  • Holiday pay normally paid out in the month of June
  • Holiday pay 12% of gross pay for trade union members
  • 10,2% for non trade union members.
  • Holiday pay is accumulated
  • The Working Environment Act: www.arbeidstilsynet.no
taxes
Taxes
  • Working in Norway for a Norwegian employer, you pay income tax and national insurance contribution to Norway
  • Average income tax is 28%
  • National Insurance contribution 7.8%.
  • Deductions!
    • EU citizens are entitled to a deduction called “standardfradrag” in the two first years (10% or max NOK 40,000 per year)
    • House mortgage, loans/debts increase your deductions
  • Tax return submitted every year in April
salaries
Salaries
  • Average monthly salary NOK 34,200 (€ 4071)
  • The 10% best paid average NOK 66,300 (€ 7893) per month
  • The 10% least paid average NOK 19,300 (€ 2300) per month
  • No minimum salaries
  • Collective (tariff) agreements by sector
  • Wage negotiations yearly (in April-May) between trade unions and Norwegian Employers’ Confederation
where to find jobs
Where to find jobs
  • www.nav.no (Norwegian)
  • www.nav.no/english (jobs posted in English)
  • www.eures.no
  • www.finn.no/jobb
  • www.stillinger.no
  • NAV Service Centre Phone: +47 800 33 166
    • (Mon-Fri 08:00-18:00)
  • Contact the EURES Adviser in your area
jobseeking
Jobseeking
  • 60-70% of jobs are not advertised
  • Make a Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English
  • Europass CV increasingly common
  • Use www.gulesider.no and company web sites
  • Contact employers directly
  • Use your personal network
  • Three reference persons
work residence permits
Work/Residence permits
  • Norway is an EEA (not EU) member
  • EU/EEA citizens have the right to work in Norway
    • Restrictions apply for citizens of Rumania and Bulgaria
  • Jobholders (with written contract) must register:
    • https://selfservice.udi.no (Register as a new user)
    • Visit police or service centre for Registration Certificate
    • Jobseekers self-register, only when staying longer than 3 months
arriving in norway
Arriving in Norway

Service Centre for Foreign Workers

www.sua.no

Police (Politiet)

www.politi.no

Tax Office/Population Register

www.skatteetaten.no

Bank

NAV

www.nav.no

Child benefit

Family doctor

Call centre +47 810 33 810

web sites of interest
Web sites of interest

www.eures.no

Portal - living and working in Norway

www.nav.no

Job data base, national insurance

www.udi.no

Directorate of Immigration

www.skatteetaten.no / www.taxnorway.no

Tax office

www.toll.no

Customs

www.nokut.no

The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education

www.safh.no

The Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel

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Web sites of interest

www.arbeidstilsynet.no

Labour Inspection Authority

www.nyinorge.no

Information from public agencies

www.norway.no

Gateway to Public Sector

www.visitnorway.com

Travel

www.trainee.no / www.traineeguiden.se

Traineeships possibilities

www.aiesec.org

Internships

www.europlacement.com

Internship in Europe

contact
Contact

Marinella van Welsenes

EURES Adviser

NAV EURES Buskerud

[email protected]

Thank you & Good Luck!

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