Working in Norway

Expats planning to work in Norway can count themselves lucky as the country is consistently identified in expat reports as one of the best countries in the world in which to work.

The majority of Norwegians are said to feel satisfied and secure in their job, while most workers believe they could find another job if they wanted to. A strong economy and welfare state has created an environment of trust, confidence and optimism within the labour force.

Norway’s work culture is generally very supportive of employees and puts a strong emphasis on balancing the demands of one's work and home life. A Norwegian boss may even be concerned that an employee is working too hard or too much.

Job market in Norway

Norway’s robust economy offers many opportunities for expats, particularly those in the fields of engineering, IT, research and finance. Most expats find work within the shipping, energy, oil and gas industries. Norway has survived the global financial crisis better than most of Europe, and its already-stable economy continues to improve. The largest employers in Norway include Norsk Hydro, Telenor, Orkla, Aker Kvaerner and Equinor.

Finding a job in Norway

With a low overall unemployment rate of around four percent, there are often many open positions in Norway. However, being a small market, it may be a challenge to find a job that perfectly fits an individual's background and profile.

Multinational firms are known to hire expats, even if they don’t speak Norwegian. Otherwise, the general feeling is that expatriate employees should be able to speak the language and have some experience of the Norwegian market.

Expats have the option of going through a recruitment agency to secure a job. Alternatively, there are listings of jobs available online.

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