Q&A: Is it possible to find a job in Iceland for foreign IT professionals?

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I really want to migrate to Iceland and settle down there but I am an Asian and still a college student
I hope those viking people won’t expel me. but when I refer most of online employment sites there is almost no job vacancy but I searched only in English language sites not sure there are some in Icelandic pages. I could only find one in one of game development companies but it seems for game developers. so are there any jobs for foreign IT professionals? I plan to find a job in my country first and fly Iceland when I have enough experience. but the major issue is apparently it’s hard to get Iceland(cause I need to get the permanent residency visa) and find a job. I still don’t anything about Icelandic language but I know lot of things about Icelandic history. some says the first viking landed on North America sailed from Greenland through Iceland in 1000 AD.
so basically I know a lot about Icelandic history and their pagan gods, like Loki, Odin , Thor and a great fan of movies and video games based on Norse Mythology and History. so please give me some advices.

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Answer by Catarina
People from Iceland leave to get jobs in Europe. My brother-in-law in IT (a Swede in Sweden) works for and an Icelandic agency in Stockholm. It is a VERY, VERY small country, around 300,000 people. Can you imagine getting a job in a small town like Reykjavic? Being an outsider? There are few enough jobs for ‘their own”. Most of the foreigners in Iceland are married to an Icelandic person and have connections through their in-laws.

Iceland has been hit especially hard by the ongoing late-2000s recession, because of the failure of its banking system and a subsequent economic crisis. Thousands of Icelanders have moved from the country after the collapse of 2008, and many of those moved to Norway.

Norway has a rich viking culture, too. They have some jobs also. You may want think about doing some sort of distance education or master’s program and living in Iceland while studying.

Both Norway and Iceland are very expensive.

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Question by JJ: Help with AP U.S. History questions, I appreciate the help everyone.?
The answers do not to be completely in depth, because I have some information already on them. I just would like for some to tell me what they know and how they would answer these questions with their knowledge. Thank you Yahoo! Answers Community.

4. How did President Roosevelt’s response to the Japanese invasion of China illustrate the political strength of isolationist sentiment in the US?
5.What German moves and diplomatic failures led to the start of World War II in Europe?
6. How did Roosevelt manage to aid Great Britain in 1939 and 1940 in various ways without officially joining the war?
7. How/why did tensions between Japan and the U.S. increase between 1940 and 1941?
8. Could the U.S. have avoided the attack on Pearl Harbor? What were the consequences of this attack?
9. What were the two “theaters of operation” in which the fighting of World War II took place?
10. Why did the United States drop atomic bombs on Japan rather than attack Japan with soldiers? Do you think the U.S. made the right decision in using the atomic bombs? Explain
11.Describe the wartime migration and employment of African Americans. Did the war create any new problems for African Americans? Explain
12. Describe the roles of blacks in the military. What tensions resulted?
13.How were the women who filled war jobs treated? What obstacles did they face?
14.How were Japanese Americans treated during the war? What was done to compensate for this treatment?
15.What did President Roosevelt mean by the shift from “Dr. New Deal” to “Dr. Win-the-War”? How did the war “dismantle many of the achievements of the New Deal?”

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Answer by Mike
This would be a column list, connect the left with the right side point by point;

1. 1931—Japan invades Manchuria, WWII begins in Asia
2. 1935—Italy invades Ethiopia
3. 1936—Hitler invades the Rhineland
4. 1937 to 1939—Spanish Civil War
5. 1937—Japan invades China
6. 1938–Hitler takes Sudetenland

7. 1938, Hitler takes Czechoslovakia
8. Sept. 1, 1939, Hitler invades Poland which begins WWII in Europe
9. 1940—Hitler’s invasion of Norway, Denmark, Holland and Belgium
10. 1940—Hitler takes France
11. 1940—Japan’s invades Indochina
12. 1940—Hitler attacks Great Britain
13. 1941—Hitler’s invasion of Russia
14. 1941—Japan attacks Pearl Harbor

Connected answers: (1-14)

•US and L/N demands Japan to get out—Stimson Doctrine
•L/N demands Italy to get out—No US sell of weapons
•L/N demands Germany leave—US Neutrality, refuse to sell to Germany
•US Neutrality—-Spain becomes a fascist dictatorship
•US neutral but demands Japan withdraw, sells less military mats
•Munich Conference—GB and France give into Hitler, Appeasement. US Neutral but FDR writes a letter to Hitler/Mus for no more
•Cannot trust “the words of a dictator”
•GB&F declare war. US neutral, extends Cash and Carry Policy to Allies
•US neutral–freezes German assets–begins military buildup
•US neutral, begins peacetime draft—Selective Service
•US neutral but demands withdrawal, freezes J’s money, embargos
•US neutral but extends Lend Lease policy to GB, arsenal of democracy
•US neutral but extends Lend Lease to Russia, US&GB Atlantic Charter
•Neutrality is ended. War on Japan. Germs and Italy declare war on US

4. Quarantine speech. Trade with fascism = spread.
5. See the above.
6. Revision of the neutrality acts (cash and carry policy), Destroyer Deal, Land-Lease Act, Atlantic Charter.
7. Already have the quarantine act, neutrality acts revised, finally in 1940 an embargo on all materials, this will cause war. Attempts to resolve this on behalf of Japan failed; Japan had 2 important peace deal offers but US refused to recognize domination of China.
8. Yes, those two attempts to make peace with the US and reopen trade failed. (Sorry can’t remember the names). The attack was more important for getting the US into the war than anything else, and solidly uniting the American public behind the war.
9. the pacific and Europe.
10. Save american lives, assure japanese “unconditional surrender”, scare the Soviets, test out new technology.
11. So many things here… CORE, the other alphabet agencies, segregation, migration to cities and to north more, paid lots less than whites, suffered horrible discrimination, worst jobs.
12. Tuskegee Airmen, segregation, and in the end Truman will desegregate.
13. Rosie the Riveter, less pay, often brutal treatment, sacrifice, after war they got kicked out.
14. Executive order 9066, Japanese Relocation camps, George Takai.
15. FDR gives up New Deal, ends many programs, conservative Rep’s in 1942, labor laws get changed preventing strikes and sit-downs.

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3 comments on “Q&A: Is it possible to find a job in Iceland for foreign IT professionals?

  1. @Catarina? I did it, so don’t pretend like it’s impossible. There’s actually a programmer shortage in Iceland right now because so many professionals left the country due to the kreppa. You are correct, however, that it’s very difficult. Companies have to prove that they can’t get anyone in country, and then in other nordic countries, and then in the EU, before they can hire from outside. The process can take 3-6 months and the company has to pay for health insurance and potentially an apartment for you during that time even though you can’t use them from outside the country. So they have to really want you!


    1) Start learning Icelandic ASAP. Don’t make excuses as to why you need to wait. There’s more than enough resources out there, even if scattered and incomplete. If you have an interest in living in Iceland, you want to start this as soon as possible.

    2) Yes, you need to be looking at normal Icelandic job sites. IT jobs aren’t going to be posted on some special English-language site targeted at foreigners; those sites are generally for manual laborers, work-tourism arrangements, etc. I got mine from a company who advertised on Vísir. Yes, my resume was in Icelandic, although I don’t think it was necessary.

    3) I assume you know that most Icelanders today are Lutheran. That said, there’s a lot of pride in their history (you can even see it in city street names downtown). You might also want to back off a little on the “viking” stuff; that too is history (albeit a fascinating one). Make sure that your image of vikings matches up with the reality, too, not just the hollywood image of what a viking is. Yes, they were great warriors of their time, but they were also (by the standards of the time) fastidiously clean, technologically advanced, and highly literate. If you want to learn more about the real vikings, pick up translations of some of the Icelandic sagas (that high level of literacy left a strong heritage of stories and poetry).

    Gangi þér vel! <- That’s your first Icelandic lesson. It idiomatically means “best of luck”, but literally is “walk you well”. That comes from ganga (to walk), þér (dative singular form of “you”), and the adverb vel. You can respond with “Takk fyrir” (a common form of “thank you” — just “takk” for short).

  2. I expect there are a few jobs for IT professionals available in Iceland although it will be far less than most other countries in central Europe.

    As you seem very keen to find a job in Iceland it could be beneficial to get in contact with a few companies you are interested in working for. Use social media channels, ask enticing questions about the company and spend a little bit of time helping them (e.g. writing a guest blog, point out mistakes on their website).

    With a relatively small amount of time and effort (30 mins per week?) you can build up some key relationships, which, will greatly enhance the chances of landing your desired job.

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