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A whole year has passed since I packed my bags and headed north to Scandinavian lands. Some days I can't believe it's gone so quickly, other days it feels like I've been here a lifetime. But rewinding one year, I knew very little about Norway. The experiences I've had since then, many of which I've described right here on this blog, will stay with me forever.
Living within a high-wage, high-tax, high-cost society has taught me so much about different approaches to running an economy. For one thing, I now understand the Nordic model. I knew this before coming here, of course. But I didn't truly understand the scale.
The oil industry dominates and much of the profit Looking for anything 26 Norway 26 saved by the Government. That is staggering! The main features are the enormous Oil Fund, high state employment, low unemployment rates, high personal taxation and employment benefits weighted heavily in favour of the employee. Despite socialism running through the veins of Norwegians, the political right has made ificant gains in recent years with the Progress Party now holding the second most seats in the Norwegian Parliament.
Their main economic argument has been to use some of the Oil Fund now, to rather ironically invest in Norway's infrastructure, including transport, schools and health facilities. Together with their wish to slash personal income taxes, it's not hard to see why the Progress Party have made such, er, progress. This is related to that new found understanding of economics!
If you earn Norwegian wages paid in Norwegian kroner, it's surprisingly affordable to live here. As a tourist trying to buy kroner with your own currency, well that's a whole different ball game. I thought the English were football mad, until I discovered the Norwegian obsession with English football.
The Norwegian Tippeligaen is of a poor standard and the national team failed again to qualify for the European Championships. No wonder every Norwegian follows English football. I was constantly told this in the UK, but you don't realise the true meaning until you're abroad. I don't see the attraction of brown cheese and I was too wimpy to try lutefisk. Norwegian food is basic and easy to make, but not inspiring. They do make a storming fish soup though. Norwegians really dig tradition. Without this compulsion, I don't think you'd find many Norwegians tucking into a sheep's head through choice.
Peer behind the curtains and you're far more likely to see Norwegians tucking into frozen pizza or their frankly bizarre version of tacos than anything from their own shores. Eating a large meal so early in the day took some getting used to. My body adjusted quickly and I now get hungry at about But thinking logically, eating more early on when your body needs the fuel, followed by a lighter meal in the evening, probably does wonders for the body.
The 17th May celebrations in Norway are special. Far away from St. George's Day in England, where if you fly the flag many people will assume rightly or wrongly you're a member of a far-right group. The way Norwegians of all ethnic backgrounds came together after the horrific events of 22nd July is burnt into my soul forever.
May and July last year were two of the warmest months I've experienced anywhere! The summers can be far hotter than you'd expect, they're just nowhere near as consistent. Of course, one thing you're guaranteed in June is lightand plenty of it. Every July hoardes of Norwegians head to their summer cabins in the south of the country or on islands dotted around the fjords.
In the winter, many take to the skies, with southern Spain and Turkey the most popular destinations. A tanned Norwegian in February is a more common sight than you might expect! Put it this way, it's not nice. When the winter finally came it brought one extremely cold weekend with it. This coincided with….
When planning my move to Norway, I never expected to be stood outside in the coldest temperature I'd ever experienced watching a combination of skiing and shooting. But as it turned out, I quite enjoyed the biathlon. In fact, it's probably easier as you don't expect it.
Or at least, unprepared Brits don't expect Looking for anything 26 Norway 26 I suffered a funny turn in Lillehammer and only felt better after guzzling two bottles of water. Be warned! I was told I would get by fine in English, but I wasn't prepared for multilingual announcements on the train, automatic greeting in English in some international chain stores, most government forms including the tax return available in English… it's made learning Norwegian difficult.
Environmentalists cover your eyes, but I've taken 15 flights in the last year and rediscovered my love for aviation.
It might not be green, but it's the only practical way to get around this country. Despite the Norwegian love and necessity of air travel, the railway connects you with the country in a way flying never can. Through this blog I've met some fantastic people, crowdsourced travel tips, discovered new places to visit and a whole lot more. I'm very much looking forward to Life in Norway's second year! For most professional jobs you're expected to hold a Masters degree, plus professional certification relevant to your field. The majority of jobs are not advertised.
Getting Looking for anything 26 Norway 26 new job is all about getting your CV and your availability in front of as many eyeballs as possible. The professional social network LinkedIn is used extensively. However, if you are job hunting, check out some of the jobs that are advertised here!
He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia. What are you talking about? I prefer English! And when I worked in with phone service, a man from Bergen refused to get help as we where based on Oslo and had no employees that spoke in a Bergen dialect, so he just hung up. Just finished my second year here in Norway too, and I agree with most of this. Congrats on being here a year! After the Second World War we have managed to create a modern society with small class differences, a large public sector and a high quality welfare state.
All our oil and gas revenues in the last decades have of course helped tremendously to achieve this! This high valuation of equality might be explained historically: Norway has traditionally been a peasant society with few feudal or aristocratic traditions. Several mass movements in the s and s, such as the socialist movement, also contributed to the emphasis of equality more than elitism so socialism has something to do with it …. The advent of the modern welfare state after the Second World also contributed in the same way. The notion of equality is a widespread held value, but is interpreted differently across the political spectrum.
The political differences between political parties are, compared to other countries, quite small did I mention equality? There might be certain changes but the Norwegian model will remain basically the same. I shall be sure to scour the rest in due course. Just like you I got a lucky break to work in Scandinavia. The only dark side is the winter which can sometimes get a bit cold. I agree with you that learning Norwegian gets difficult because it is so easy to converse in English as everyone understands and speaks it.
I was lucky to attend some days at a training course in Oslo. Hi Kevin thanks for your comment! Nice blog btw! It say it to get them to choose to speak Norwegian. I recommend my website it you want to see some resources and suggestions for learners of Norwegian.
Maybe because people recognize your non-norwegian accent, and then they will rather speak english?
My friend has lived and studied in Norway for 1 year now and is here visiting me. We were talking about economy and society as well. About economy, do you also agree that oil industry is the main source of country income? Is the Norwegian government making correct plans for the future?
What about technological advancements, innovation and development? Do they have any technology exports similar to Sweden and Finland? But we had also discussions about society, entertainment and public facilities. Supposing the egalitarian values, equality should apply to all.
I for myself have traveled to several countries in Europe and met different people. Happiness means differently for different people. One factor for me is living among people with rich ideas, culture and openness.
This creates solidarity and satisfaction. Simply you can open an interesting conversation with others and feel close to them. Excitement and soulfulness in society is also another factor. So for me and many other livings! Hopefully will take a trip to Oslo soon despite the crazy prices for a tourist! It helps of course, to have a large coastline with a relatively small population! The culture and society here is not easily explained in a blog, but I do my best.
Your comment has given me some great ideas for future blog posts where I shall expand on some of your points — thanks! But worth every penny! Thank you David for the info. I used to love the sun here, but believe me after a while you get fed up.
Hi Maria, thanks for your comment! There is a highly educated workforce here, all of which speak excellent English.
If you choose to move here without a job you will need A LOT of money. Hope this helps. I also live in Dubai and am looking to take Norwegian classes because my boyfriend is Norwegian.Looking for anything 26 Norway 26
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