Friday, 2 December 2011

NORC Country Series: Norway


Overview
From Flickr
Known to many for its beautiful scenery of fjords, mountains and lakes, Norway isn’t always top of mind for those looking to relocate. Expat Explorer hopes to change this and introduce future expats and those looking for a new adventure that Norway is one to watch. Again, the Lonely Planet guide gives a great overview for those wishing to find out more about this picturesque land and for slightly more information on the country, National Geographic have a nice piece.
Norway is one of the great places to work for high-flying, successful business women. Read more about the fantastic leaps and bounds that female business leaders are making in Norway in these great articles from Harvard Business Review and The Economist.

Resources
It’s really important that to get all the facts as well as the feel of the country, so here are a few resources for any would-be-Norwegian-expat. Firstly, have a look at what your Embassy for Norway has to say as they often have useful information. For UK residents the place to go is TheBritish Embassy Oslo, plus they are also on Twitter.
From Flickr
For women planning on living and working in Norway Expat Women have put together a great set of resources on everything from looking for work to international schools guides. Everything you could possibly want to know about working and living in Norway has been summed up beautifully by Oversees Digest.
One way of what it is like to live in a country as a foreigner (apart from actually visiting) is to read about other people’s experiences, such as in this blog – An Expat’s Norway. Also, try keeping up with the news and current affairs that are going on in the country and imagine what it is like living there. The Guardian has a good overview of Newsin Norway, and for a more local outlook on the news The Norwegian Post is English.


Key facts – from BBC
Full name: Kingdom of Norway
Population: 4.9 million (UN, 2010)
Capital: Oslo
Area: 323,759 sq km (125,004 sq miles)
Major language: Norwegian
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 79 years (men), 83 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Norwegian krone = 100 ore
Main exports: Fuels and fuel products, machinery, metal products
GNI per capita: US $86,440 (World Bank, 2009)
Internet domain: .no
International dialling code: +47

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