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    Quote Originally Posted by Blutwölfin View Post
    In Iceland you can't even have dinner for one person for 20-25 Euros.
    And just try to find accommodation; you probably start around 70€/night if you don't want to stay in a dorm with 7 other people.
    Nonetheless, you won't get a job without address, you don't get an address without kennitala, you don't get a kennitala without a job.
    As a Scandinavian though, you do.
    Then how do all of these Eastern Europeans get jobs in Iceland?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gegenschlag View Post
    Then how do all of these Eastern Europeans get jobs in Iceland?
    As far as I know, it's easier to get a Kennitala as a EU/EEA citizen. One acquaintance of mine moved to Iceland and he at first stayed in an airbnb. He registered for a temporary Kennitala and after he could rent an apartment. The temporary Kennitala expires in 3 months however (which is the maximum you can stay without a job), so you have to make sure you get a job by the time it expires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gegenschlag View Post
    Then how do all of these Eastern Europeans get jobs in Iceland?
    They are mostly seasonal workers, who work as cleaners and in service (restaurants, hotels) in the tourism industry.
    They are hired while not even in Iceland. Advertisements are posted online, e.g. on Facebook, they apply, they are hired from the spot (sometimes referred by others), or they send applications by mass email to all hotels in the country. They have their job and thus their kennitala BEFORE they even arrive, get housing with the job (cleaners and other hotel staff normally gets board and lodging, too) and normally leave when the main season (end of May to middle of September) is over.

    With the sudden growth of tourism many more jobs in this sector were created. So many that they couldn't be filled with Icelanders (there are so few). So Iceland needed to import workers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blutwölfin View Post
    They are mostly seasonal workers, who work as cleaners and in service (restaurants, hotels) in the tourism industry.
    They are hired while not even in Iceland. Advertisements are posted online, e.g. on Facebook, they apply, they are hired from the spot (sometimes referred by others), or they send applications by mass email to all hotels in the country. They have their job and thus their kennitala BEFORE they even arrive, get housing with the job (cleaners and other hotel staff normally gets board and lodging, too) and normally leave when the main season (end of May to middle of September) is over.

    With the sudden growth of tourism many more jobs in this sector were created. So many that they couldn't be filled with Icelanders (there are so few). So Iceland needed to import workers.
    Alright, but then you don't need an Icelandic address to get a job/kennitala. Which means that the advantage of other Nordics is not as big, as I pointed out before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gegenschlag View Post
    Alright, but then you don't need an Icelandic address to get a job/kennitala. Which means that the advantage of other Nordics is not as big, as I pointed out before.
    They HAVE an Icelandic address because the employer provides housing. With hiring comes the address.

    So, if you're happy to work as a cleaner, everyone from EEA has the same chances.
    If you want a real job: The hospital/marking agency/bus company/whatever does most likely do not offer housing and requires you to speak Icelandic.

    But I give up this discussion and just tell you: yes, you are right. So we can stop arguing.
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