Question by Ginass: I want to work in one of the nursing homes in Norway. I have a guarrantor and have a norwegian language.?
I’m a practical/vocational nurse graduate but no experience yet. How to apply then and am i qualified to apply now. Can you give me their website or any means of applying there? Thank you.
Answer by Elizabeth
First, you will need nursing authorisation for Norway. It’s just a check of your education records to make sure they correspond to nursing programs in Norway. The license application form link is at the bottom of this page:
There are two web sites that handle most job advertisements in Norway. NAV is the official job bank, but more jobs advertise on Finn. I recommend searching both of them.
Under Helse/Helse- og pleiearbeid https://www.nav.no/sbl/stillingssok/enkelt.do
Search limited to nursing/assistent jobs http://www.finn.no/finn/job/fulltime/result?keyword=&EXTENT=&JOB_CATEGORY%2FCATEGORY=5404&JOB_CATEGORY%2FSUBCATEGORY=5665
You could also try an employment agency like Adecco or Manpower, once you are authorised by Norway.
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Question by The twilight zone: What countries are not in the eu customs?
Hi I was wondering what countries are not in the eu customs? Thanks
Answer by Chris French
The European Union Customs Union is a customs union which consists of all 27 of the Member States of the European Union (EU) and a number of surrounding countries, including Andora, Monaco, San Marino and Turkey.
The customs union is a principal task of the European Economic Community, established in 1958, and now succeeded by the European Union. No customs are levied on goods travelling within the customs union and—unlike a free trade area—members of the customs union impose a common external tariff (an import tax) on all goods entering the union i.e. it’s protectionist, inward looking and bound to collapse, shortly after the corpse of the failed Euro currency is finally given it’s last rites and buried.
Countries outside of the EU Customs Union include Norway and Switzerland, along with Iceland and Liechenstein. They are all members of the far more successful and far more prosperous European Free Trade Association (EFTA).The people of Norway and Switzerland are more than twice as rich as those in the EU. They also enjoy lower inflation, higher employment, healthier budget surpluses and lower real interest rates. Interestingly, they also export more per head than EU states, selling $ 16,498 per capita to overseas markets – the highest ratio in the world.
Being outside the EU, Norway and Switzerland both control their own trade policy, foreign policy, borders, home affairs and employment law.
EFTA countries like Norway and Switzerland fully participate in the European market without subjecting themselves to the associated costs of membership and are far wealthier than full EU members.
Not a bad deal, eh? The vital difference between the EU and EFTA is that the former is a customs union (taxes on external imports i.e. it’s a protectionist racket, one of the last, thank goodness, remaining in the world) while the latter is a — well, a free trade area.
Within the EU customs union, no customs are levied on goods travelling within the customs union and—unlike a free trade area—members of the EU customs union impose a common external tariff (import tax) on all goods entering the EU union.
In other words, EFTA concerns itself with goods and services that circulate among its members, not within them. As an Icelandic trade official put it: “EFTA doesn’t busy itself with behind-border issues the way the EU does”.
Another difference between EFTA and the EU can be inferred from their institutions. The EU, which seeks to regulate economic activity across its entire territory, requires gargantuan enforcement machinery. EFTA, being a trade association, does not. It’s regulatory bodies are the EFTA Surveillance Authority, which is the equivalent of the European Commission, and the EFTA Court, similar to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). They have remained slim, efficient agencies. The EFTA Surveillance Authority employs fewer than 50 staff, compared to the 18,000 who work at the European Commission. The EFTA Court has just 15 officials, as against 1,800 in the ECJ.
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