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Oslo’s Business World

Working in Oslo offers great work opportunities, a strong economy, and much more. For instance, expats benefit from Norway’s social welfare system and a healthy life and work balance. Read our guide to working in Oslo for info on the economy, the job search, etiquette, and more.
Expats who enjoy an informal way of doing business will feel right at home in Oslo's business world.

The Job Search Is Not Easy, and It’s in Norwegian

The job search is not easy in Oslo, a city which has become increasingly popular recent years. For expats, the main obstacle when searching for work is probably the fluency in Norwegian which is required for most positions. If you are not capable of speaking the local language, finding a job in Oslo won’t be easy.

If possible, try to pick up some Norwegian before moving to Oslo. Then you can begin your actual job search. Recommendations and personal contacts are essential, as many positions are not advertised. That is why you should get in touch directly with companies of your choice and contact your business network.

When it comes to the traditional way of searching for a job, NAV is a good place to turn to. Just like EURES (the European Employment Services), NAV has a large vacancy database and advice for the job search. Work may also be advertised on finn.no, Jobsin Oslo and in local newspapers, such as Aftenposten.

Doing Business: Be Professional

Egalitarianism is highly valued in the Norwegian business world and culture. If you want to successfully do business in Oslo, you need to make sure not to come off arrogant or overconfident. Some expats, for instance, may be tempted to flaunt their status and position within a company more openly as this is what they are used to. You should try to refrain from that type of behavior, however, and remain modest, instead of showing off your financial status. Doing business in Oslo is usually quite informal and casual. Still, your business partners are likely to remain on a surname basis with you.

The style of communication in Oslo’s business world is rather easygoing in everyday business as well as during meetings and negotiations. However, as in every business setting you need to remain professional and respectful while keeping up with the straight-forward communication style of the Norwegians.

Social Security System

Expats working in Oslo enjoy the benefits of Norway’s National Insurance Scheme from their first day of work. This includes national health services and contributions to Norway’s pension scheme. If you’d rather not make any contributions, you need to prove that you are covered under a similar scheme in your home country.

You should keep in mind, though, that different rules apply to EEA nationals and to non-EEA nationals. Citizens of EEA countries join the National Insurance Scheme automatically if they have not been posted from their home country as an employee. In that case, you cannot claim NAV health benefits but have to refer to the health coverage from your home country. For more information on social security agreements, please refer to our article on Working in Norway


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David Hicks

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