Q&A: Do you know any accomodation agency speaking english in Norway?

Question by Geratromb: Do you know any accomodation agency speaking english in Norway?
I got a job in Tromso and now I have to find a place where to live there this summer 2009. But I do not speak Norwegian and the agencies I have found do not have website in English.
Can anyone help me please?? I also speak german and spanish, but for Norwegian I’ll need time!

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Answer by kittysue2000
If you call them, they should have someone in the office speaking English.Or email them in English explaining that you do not speak Norwegian and if someone English speaking can contact you. Most Norwegians speak excellent English.

Also, if you have a job, ask your company if they can recommend any agencies for you.

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Question by Gwen: how much salary an au pair can make in norway ?
im asian and would like to work as an aupair in norway…it was my previous job in hongkong… any idea how much can i get in norway as full time nanny and housemaid? and do i have to work saturday and sunday?

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Answer by Apocripha
Well, according to a study made by Marianne Hovdan on au pairs in Norway, you get roughly $ 400-500 a month, and the workload is supposed to be roughly 30 hours a week. However, most au pairs work more than that, some even more than 45 hours a week.

Unfortunately, a lot of the families don’t follow what’s written in the contract, and give too great a workload, or don’t pay out the entire pay as they’re supposed to, so think about it for a while, and check out as much as you can before actually leaving for Norway. Finding a legit agency and work through them seems to be the best way to make sure you get your rights.

Good luck!

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4 comments on “Q&A: Do you know any accomodation agency speaking english in Norway?

  1. The majority of flats are rented privately here, through online advertisements on Finn or Hybel.no. Agencies aren’t very common, and tend to charge much more than you would pay if you found it yourself. Most ads are in Norwegian, but if you narrow the search results down, you can run the text through Google translator (or a similar site) which actually gives a decent translation.

    Rental flats in Tromsø:

    Down the side are further specifications, which you can check then press “søk” to filter results. I’ll explain the important ones below.

    Pris: It would be rare to find your own flat in the lowest price range there, so unless you are willing to share accommodation, you should leave this alone for now.

    Størrelse: Area (meters squared)

    Soverom: Bedrooms (at least 1 bedroom, at least 2 bedrooms, etc)

    Møblering: Delvis møblert – partly furnished, møblert – furnished, umøblert – unfurnished

    A sample ad put through the translator:

    You can search in English on Hybel (press the flag on the top right) but the ads are usually in Norwegian.

    I recommend putting up your own ad in English, I did this when I first moved to Norway and received many responses. If you want to use an agency, you’ll probably have to contact them by email/phone, as it’s true that most sites are Norwegian-only. Here are a few in Tromsø:

    Some vocabulary:
    Stue-living room, soverom-bedroom, bad-bathroom, kjøkken-kitchen, gang-hallway, balkong-balcony, etasje-story/floor, korttids(utleie)-short term rental, longtids-long term rental, turterrang-good outdoors possibilities, bofellesskap-collective (shared housing), hybel-sometimes share bathrooms/laundry rooms or similar so read ads for details.

  2. I don’t know of any publishing on the web in English. What you could try is searching on Finn.no and using a dictionary to help out.

    Other than that it’s difficult to suggest another approach. A lot of the rental market is actually private and so a re location agent may help. There is a reluctance to rent to non-norwegians, or at least that’s what I’ve been told, but this is less so in big cities. Maybe the people you have a job with can help, at least with a norwegian speaker to give you some guidance.

  3. There is no set minimum wage in Norway, but Norway has pretty strict guidelines as to what a worker should expect to be paid. Minimum wage is usually around $ 20 (USD) an hour, depending on exchange rates of course. I’d say as an au pair you’d be making roughly USD $ 20 an hour.

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