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I have moved to Oslo and the region

You’ve moved to Oslo, found a job and a place to live. Congratulations and velkommen! Once here, you might have a few questions about working in Norway – from paid vacation to taxes and health services. We have gathered the most crucial information you need in order to find your feet.

If you haven’t yet sorted out your visa, D-number or bank account, please have a look through our “Moving to Oslo? A Practical Guide” section, which provides you with everything you need to know in order to be allowed to work and live in Oslo.

  1. 01 Norwegian working culture
  2. 02 Rights and opportunities
  3. 03 Health care & services
  4. 04 Schools and kindergarten
  5. 05 The Norwegian tax system
  6. 06 Find a job in Norway
  7. 07 How to start a company in the Oslo region
  8. 08 Navigate the startup ecosystem
  9. 09 Continuing education
  10. 10 Learn the Norwegian language
  11. 11 Getting around Oslo and the region
  12. 12 Obtaining and Exchanging a Driver's License in Norway
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01 Norwegian working culture

Are you into equality, flat hierarchy and a proper work/life balance? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

Startuplab Oslo Business Region Kristoffer Hunstad

Norway is known for its emphasis on happy workers and has a strong tradition of trade unions. Norwegian society is also very much based on trust, which generally makes it easier for you to build relations and get involved. As an employee you are encouraged to speak up, and there are rights in place to make sure you’re feeling safe and content at work (see under “Rights and opportunities” for more information).

Out of the many Norwegian quirks, the “matpakke” is impossible to miss, especially at work. This is a packed lunch, often involving slices of bread with cheese or jam and perhaps a fruit or yogurt. Norwegians eat lunch much earlier than the rest of Europe, usually around 11 or 12. If you feel like Norwegians tend to talk about the weather a lot, you are probably right. This is a way of making polite chit chat, and can often be heard in formal settings.

For more tips on how to crack the social codes in Norway, please have a look through our “Social Life & Culture” section. You might also want to visit the blog A frog in the fjord, written by a French expat, musing over the many Norwegian cultural codes. The Social Guidebook by Canadian Julien Bourelle and the Norway Way books by Australian Jenny K. Blake are also fun and useful.