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Have you fallen in love with Norway, would you like to emigrate to Norway and work there? Then here is an overview of the advantages and disadvantages. Read about the requirements you need to meet in order to start a new life in Norway.


  • Emigrating to Norway: advantages
  • Popular professions in Norway
  • Job search in Norway
  • Norwegian work culture
  • Jobs for students and interns
  • Working in Norway: challenges
  • The German community in Norway

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Why move to Norway for a job?

If you hear next to nothing in the news about a European country, then that is usually a good sign for job seekers and emigrants. In Norway, a little more than 5 million inhabitants are spread over an area of ​​more than 380,000 km².

So just right for everyone who wants to start a new life. But Norway has more to offer than unspoiled nature. Around 1.5 million people live in the greater Oslo area. Internationally active companies are primarily looking for workers here.

Your advantages when you work in Norway:

  • - Low taxes (around 30% including health insurance)
  • - 37.5 hour week
  • - Usually 45 working days of vacation per year
  • - Tax-free vacation pay
  • - Hourly wages over 20 euros
  • - German school in Oslo
  • - 3 months of unemployment benefit in Norway
  • - No residence permit required for EU citizens

Which professions are particularly popular in Norway?

Skilled workers are sought worldwide. In Norway, these are especially the manual trades in the fields of mechanics and metal. As an engineer, too, you have excellent chances of getting a well-paying job in Norway quickly. In addition, skilled trades are in demand in Norway: roofers, plumbers for gas, water and plumbing as well as mechanical engineers and CNC specialists. It usually doesn't matter whether you are employed by a company, work independently or perhaps even start a company yourself.

And the job offers in the catering industry make Norway interesting for cooks and bosses.

As in many other countries, with appropriate language skills, you can work well as a specialist or other medical staff in Norway.

If you are looking for adventure in Norway and are looking for a 'typical' Norwegian job, then you can also apply in the fishing industry, in agriculture or on an oil rig. These Norway jobs are only for real lovers!

Where can I find vacancies in Norway?

In addition to the usual job offers in Internet portals, you can also use the offers from special job sites and employment agencies. Make sure you get a serious offer and, if in doubt, get the experience of others before signing anything.

The Norwegian Labor and Welfare Organization (NAV) also offers a service for job seekers from abroad with the EURES Center. In addition, special job fairs for professions are regularly held in Norway or the country of Norway is represented at such fairs.

The safest way is to look for a job in Norway from Germany. With the appropriate requirements, however, you can also go looking for a job directly in Norway. You then have up to six months to find a job there.

Working in Norway: focused and family-friendly

Every country has its own work culture. The Norwegians are said to start early, take little breaks and then have dinner with the family on time. In general, family and children are very important in Norway. That is why there are extensive options for temporary and home work and generous regulations for visits to the doctor and parental leave. Many qualified workers therefore decide to emigrate to Norway with the entire family.

Norway jobs for beginners: au pair, internships and student jobs

If you want to gain experience abroad in Norway, there are numerous opportunities to experience the country as an au pair, intern or student and earn a little bit in the process. The cost of living is higher in Norway than, for example, in Germany. It is therefore an advantage if you, as a student or intern, use an inexpensive apartment or can live privately.

Due to the Norwegian vocational and training system, it is often not so easy to get an internship. The best thing to do is to look for a company with which you would like to do an internship and contact them directly.

As an au pair, on the other hand, you can easily be placed.

You can work in Norway for up to three months without having to meet any special conditions or apply for a permit.

Beware of trolls! What to expect in Norway

Anyone who emigrates to Norway or starts a new job there does not have to expect great dangers. Trolls only exist in fairy tales and you don't really have to be afraid of depressingly long winter nights.

However, if you want to move to Norway permanently, you should definitely learn the language. Most Norwegians are fluent in English, but that does not apply to specific expressions that are used on a daily basis at work.

In addition, foreigners with knowledge of Norwegian will of course be given preferential treatment when looking for a job.

In addition, it is an advantage if you like the cool climate in Norway. It also makes a big difference whether you find a job in Oslo or in Tromsø, which is a lot further north. Here you may not get to see the sun for days, not because it is hidden behind clouds, but because it does not even rise!

Emigrating to Norway: in good company

It is estimated that around 10,000 Germans live and work permanently in Norway. This is all the more impressive because Norway is not one of the neighboring countries like the other front runners. In addition to the German school in Oslo, there are numerous other institutions that take care of the (business) relationships between Germany and Norway. It is therefore relatively easy to get connected and gain experience.

Use this chance to make your time in Norway as pleasant and successful as possible!

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