Question by master_braids: What types of jobs are available for Americans who want to move to Norway?
I’m 22, and I’m just wondering if its easy to get a job there, what kinds of jobs are available and will it be able to pay for an apartment and living costs without making me struggle financially. I understand I need a work visa, but I’ve heard they are hard to acquire.
Answer by bla bla
Norway is not part of the EU but does have a shared agreement with the EU for EU/EFTA passport holders to reside and work in one another’s countries. However other passport holders must obtain a visa to allow them to do so
Basically immigration laws have tighted up generally over the last 5-10 years due to large influxes of immigrants and movements of people within the EU. From what I read the same is the case for the US as well.
Therefore unless you hold an EU/EFTA passport it is very difficult.
You will either need to be (a) self-employed and show evidence of a thiving business (b) a highly skilled migrant with skills/experience which are in demand in Europe (and usually already receiving a high salary in your domestic country) or (c) sponsored by a company – and this is only normally done in the case that they cannot fulfil the job from the pool of labour within the EU or that you have specialist knowledge/experience
Also in principle you will need to speak the language of the country you work in (although there are exceptions to this if the company is an International one whose working language is e.g. English)
There are small differences but there generally the policies are very similar and restrictive for all EU countries, but I do not know about the non-EU ones.
Basically the most successful ways to get a job is for a company which you work for to transfer you to a branch based on unique experience/knowledge (but then of course you would have to find the right company and build up this knowledge over time). The second is to work for an international organisation such as the UN.
The best thing to do in order to get accurate info including viability & time is to contact the embassy of the country you are interested in. They can provide you the official information (and often a lot of this is online e.g. for the UK and Netherlands it is anyway)
This should be your first consideration, but Norway is indeed a very exceptionally expensive country to live in. It has excellent conditions for it’s citizens but this makes it very difficult for foreigners to enter without family connections
You can also read some more info on the Norwegian immigration site for the specific details
Best of luck http://www.udi.no/default.aspx?id=2112
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Question by Krystal: How is living in the Netherlands different from the life in Norway?
As in weather, economy, etc. (I’m talking about northern netherlands and mid. norway)
Answer by bla bla
I have lived in both (in and around Amsterdam and then further south in the Netherlands) plus mid-Norway)
Weatherwise, it is generally warmer in the Netherlands. Norway of course is colder being more north and gets a lot more snow than we do here. In Norway it was the norm to go to work with snow in & around, whilst here, the roads & public transport don’t deal well with it. The Netherlands tends to be more wet and windy than mid-Norway from my experience (although I never checked if this is a fact or not!).
Economy-wise – well the economy in the Netherlands is still quite strong (compared with other EU member states) but does reflect general world events. Norway is somewhat more isolated and stable. However as a foreigner, it is easier to obtain a job in the Netherlands than it is in Norway (my husband lived there for a number of years but I only lived there a short time and had a lot of difficulty looking for another job).
English is spoken at a good level in the major cities of both, although I think Norwegians are generally shyer at speaking it than the Dutch. Norwegians also seem a bit “colder” and more aloof at face value – however the are actually very warm people when you break through the shell and are friends. Dutch are generally more open & blunt and to some nationalities, this can be percieved as being rude, but actually it is honestly without being false and a positive in my opinion..
Cost of living is more expensive in Norway and depending on where you live, socialising is more difficult unless you own a car.
The other major difference is space! In the Netherlands you are (sometimes literally) living on top of one another. Traffic jams are the norm in rush hour (at least in the Randstad area and beyond). Space is a real premium and you pay for it dearly. In Norway, nature, open spaces – well they are on your doorstep and it is wonderful.
So both have pro’s and con’s, and I suppose it depends on your circumstances and personal perferences.
Hopefully this gives you a little insight nevertheless.
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