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    How Difficult is It to Find Work in Norway if You Do Not Speak Norwegian?

    I plan on moving to Norway next year to finish my master's degree. I'm learning Norwegian now through a program called "Pimsleur", but I don't think I'll know it well enough by the time I arrive. So to Norwegians, how difficult is it to find a job without knowing the language? I know overall Norway has a high cost of living, so I was also wondering the typical cost of rent for a flat and any other expenses..

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    Sorry I'm not Norwegian, but Sweden has a Online Site called "The Local" which list that sort of information.

    You might look to see if Norway, has the same sort of site.

    Any Particular reason you want to move to Norway?

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    Norway is very expensive. If you share a flat with someone (you get your own room, and share WC, kitchen and living room), then you can usually get a place for about 400 euro a month. If you want your own place, you have to pay around 760 euro + electrics.

    I would suggest looking at this google search, working in Norway: http://www.google.com/search?client=...utf-8&oe=utf-8

    I dont think it's that easy when you dont know Norwegian, there is alot of German tourists here, but I guess the season is almost over so there wont be any guide work. Translator work is not so easy to get, but many students live on only their scholarship and loan. If you are a handyman there should be alot of work, with painting, moving lawns, wood work etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    If you want your own place, you have to pay around 760 euro + electrics.

    If you are a handyman there should be alot of work, with painting, moving lawns, wood work etc.
    I'm assuming jobs that require physical labor will be the easiest to obtain, which is fine with me as long as I can make a living while I'm there. I'll also be moving with my wife so hopefully she can find work to help with expenses. 760 euro seems almost impossible based on the wages here in America, but I know that your average job in Norway pays much higher. I think my biggest challenge will be finding friends and other contacts to help along the way..

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    Any Particular reason you want to move to Norway?
    There are several reasons actually. Besides the fact that Norway has some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe, it also has a strong economy and industry, high ranking university (NTNU), and a culture I've come to admire. I also have some Norwegian ancestry so it seems like a home away from home. I like that Norway isn't part of the EU and it appears that they're toughening their stance on immigration.

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    If you are interested in moving to Trondheim (Where NTNU is), I live in this city and can point out what areas which are no good to live in (highly dominated by immigrants). And I also know alot of historic sites here. Trondheim was occupied during the war and the Germans built alot of bunkers here, and there is alot of other interesting places.

    I grew up in Oslo, but I think Trondheim is much better. A smaller town and fewer people from outside north-Europe.
    But finding work in Oslo might be easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    If you are interested in moving to Trondheim (Where NTNU is), I live in this city and can point out what areas which are no good to live in (highly dominated by immigrants). And I also know alot of historic sites here. Trondheim was occupied during the war and the Germans built alot of bunkers here, and there is alot of other interesting places.
    Realistically it will be two more years until I'm there, since I still have a year left to finish my BSc. and then I have to wait for the Fall semester to begin at NTNU. Hopefully I'll have a grasp on the language by then. But when the time comes, I would definitely like to meet up if you're still living in the area. I'm sure Trondheim is as beautiful as the rest of Norway and it would be nice to know which places are best to visit. If you'd like to keep in contact, I use msn messenger occasionally and I'm always up for a discussion regarding anything Norwegian

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    Norway have currently world record in immigration

    I like that Norway isn't part of the EU and it appears that they're toughening their stance on immigration.
    Norway is not tough on immigration, Norway have the highest immigration rate in the world; with a population of only 4,5 million people, we have 75.000 new immigrants every year. This equals as if USA with its population of 310 millions should have 5 million new immigrants every year.

    EU-countries with a population of 490 million people recive 270.000 asylum seekers a year, Norway with its poulation of 4,5 millions recive 18.000 asylum seekers every year, all of them from african and muslim countries.

    The left wing government of norway makes a big fuzz that they are tough on immigration when they every year throw out 3000 of this 18.000 asylum seekers, but 15.000 of them get a permenent stay. Somalis, arabs, kurds, afghans with no identifiction papers are never thrown out, most of those 3000 thrown out are white christian europeans, like kosovoserbian asylum seekers and such.

    How would american opinion have reacted if it came 1 million muslim asylum seekers to USA every year (equals 15.000 muslim asylum seekers to Norway), and the American government had no idea who these muslims were because their idification papers was thrown away upon arrival?

    I ever u go to Norway and have an idea of a country with blonde blueeyed girls and proud vikings, be prepared of a chock. This left wing socialist nation is nothing like it was only 10 or 20 years ago.

    Norway is one of the richest countries in the world at the moment because we have huge reservoirs of oil, but these reservoairs is now rapidly declining and 15 years from now they will be empty. And by then we have 2 million more africans and muslims to feed. Norway is a country heading for disaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urtid View Post
    I ever u go to Norway and have an idea of a country with blonde blueeyed girls and proud vikings, be prepared of a chock. This left wing socialist nation is nothing like it was only 10 or 20 years ago.
    In 10 or 20 years more, Norway will look like Sweden in other words?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorburn View Post
    In 10 or 20 years more, Norway will look like Sweden in other words?
    Already before that we will overtake Sweden's immigration disaster. As far as i know Sweden with a 9 million population have 100.000 new immigrants every year. Norway with a 4,5 million population have 75.000 new immigrants every year. Do the math.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hagalaz View Post
    I'm assuming jobs that require physical labor will be the easiest to obtain, which is fine with me as long as I can make a living while I'm there. I'll also be moving with my wife so hopefully she can find work to help with expenses. 760 euro seems almost impossible based on the wages here in America, but I know that your average job in Norway pays much higher. I think my biggest challenge will be finding friends and other contacts to help along the way...
    What is expensive in Norway; restaurants, taxis, tobacco, alcoholics, hotels, new cars, and housing in the city centres.

    What is same price in Norway as in USA: Furniture, clothes, travel and public tickets, Tv's and computers and all sorts of electronics, housing outside the city centres.

    Food is 20-30 % higher than in USA, if u buy it at our local Wal Marts like Rema 1000 or Coop. Stay away from restaurants, taxis, bars and hotels as much as possible if ur on a limited budget, those are the main rip offs in Norway and what makes tourists chocked about the prices!!!

    Labour taxes are higher in Norway. But health care and college education is free in here, and insurances inexpensive compared to USA, so it differs a bit what people in Norway and USA spend their salaries on.

    Its easy to get jobs for english speaking white people in Norway if u compare to all other european countries. But newcomers have to start off in the lowest level untill they know Norwegian language well enough to rise to jobs of their educational level.

    Easy jobs to get for newcomers with lack of Norwergian language; manual workers, guards, drivers, bartenders. Good thing is that all those starting level jobs pays rather good in Norway, unlike in the USA.

    A labour worker, a driver or a guardsman straight from high school, will earn 80-85 % of the salary of a bachelordegreed teacher, engineer or nurse (thanks to our socialist government unskilled workers earns good salaries in Norway, and collegeeducated with master degrees less then in other western countries.)

    The cost of housing is the main problem, but as soon as u get a job thats not longer a big problem. If u can live a bit outside the city centre, prices of housing is declining rapidly.

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    If u already have a Norwegian language textbook and a dictionary, i will suggest this very good and cheap language course for u: http://minvei.no

    It only cost 100 USD for 1 year internet access, and it have thousands of Norwegian written and spoken phrases, and using pictures and voice to explain all kinds of Norwegians words. Just look up the on the netsite for free demonstrations.

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