Living and working in Norway

Life in Norway is good. Norway has a small population and a very strong economy. It ranks highly on most measures of quality of life and has vast areas of untouched and breathtakingly beautiful nature.

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A European leader in green energy

Norway is a major energy nation in Europe based on a unique set of resources: hydropower, petroleum and new renewable energy sources such as windpower and biomass. It is one of the world’s leading countries within the Green Energy Sector and offers excellent career opportunities for professionals within the Energy sector.

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Amazingly, Norway has only 1% of Europe's population, but 20% of the hydropower resources, 50% of the water reservoirs (stored water for hydropower production), 40% of the gas resources and 60% of the oil resources in Europe.

Norwegian power prodfuction is almost 100% renewable and emission free. 95% of power production comes rom the 1600 hydropower plants spread across the country, and about 3.5% comes from windpower. Windpower is expected to grow significantly in the coming years due to the consistent winds in certain parts of the country.

In short, Norway is positioned to take a leading role as the first renewable and all-electric society in the world. An exciting place to be for professionals in the Green Energy sector!

The Norwegian culture

Norwegians believe that freedom and quality of life are extremely important.

Many foreign professionals move to Norway because of the Norwegian approach to raising children. Parents get one year fully paid leave paid by the Government for each child born.

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In pre-school the children learn through play and investigate the world. The primary goal is to raise happy and confident children.

In professional life corporate goals in Norway are just as ambitious as anywhere else in the world, but people choose to operate in a manner that reflects their Scandinavian roots.

Norwegians value work-life balance, so long working weeks are less common than in other countries. Hours are usually flexible although most workplaces will have set core hours. Full focus, professionalism and good ethics are the norm, extracting maximum value out of the hours worked.

Norwegians like to compete. Being the no.1 Sports Nation in the world is a reflection of the competitive nature of the people, but competition is not a strong part of company cultures. Norwegians like to win and achieve great results together: the success of the team is of utmost importance.

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Most Norwegians speak good English as their second language. Children start learning English in their first year at school at the age of six. There are 18 accredited international schools teaching in English, and a number of Norwegian schools have English language programmes, but these are located in the larger population centers.


Oslo is the capital of Norway and was ranked no. 1 in terms of quality of life among European large cities in the European Cities of the Future 2012 report by fDi magazine. Although comparatively small with its population of 634,000 people, it has all the facilities a capital city should have but without the hassle.

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The music, theatre, art, restaurant and nightlife scenes are very varied and of high quality. The beaches are accessible and clean, and the gulfstream ensures that the sea is warm in summer. Outdoor activities such as skiing, camping, hiking and fishing are all easily accessible. It is no surprise that Oslo won the prestigious European Green Capital title for 2019.

Oslo has several English speaking kinder gardens, schools and university courses.

Cost of living

Oslo has several English speaking kinder gardens, schools and university courses. As expected in a rich country like Norway, the cost of living in Oslo is high. Alcohol, restaurants and cars are especially expensive, whilst housing is considerably cheaper than other high cost cities like London, Tokyo, Sydney.

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It has to be said that Norwegian wages are comparatively high for professionals like engineers. Strong purchasing power means that the Norwegian lifestyle, all be it expensive, is affordable for those living here.