How to understand Norway's Working Culture?

The aim of this online workshop is to give the participants insight into the social norms and the unwritten rules of the Norwegian working environment.

As a newcomer to Norway, you might often find yourself not having a clue as to what is happening around you. Join this workshop and find out!


Can you name the 4 most important values in Norwegian society, which also apply to Norwegian working culture? Do you know the difference between the way professors and students talk to each other in Norway and in your home country? Have you noticed that Norwegians have a lot of meetings at work and leave at 4pm every day?

Whether you have already moved to Norway to work, or are still working from home in your home country, you might need to crash course in understanding Norwegian working culture.

We hope that this work shop will give practical insight into what you can expect in Norway, help you to improve your skills in communicating with your Norwegian colleagues and leaders. It will also address the Norwegian view on life/work balance, how Norwegians socialize and thereby help you integrate in the Norwegian society in general.

We also seek Norwegian participants who can give a Norwegian view in the group tasks, and who wants to learn about how Norwegians at work are perceived.

Target group

Recently arrived academic staff and administrative staff with a role regarding reception and integration.


Participant with international perspective

Participant with Norwegian perspective

Course leader

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Lorelou Desjardins exploring Norwegian characteristics

Lorelou Desjardins is known for her popular blog A Frog in the Fjord and her book about integrating in Norway as an international. She is French, but has lived in nine different countries. Lorelou is trained as a human rights jurist, and speaks English, French, Norwegian, and Indonesian.

Published June 15, 2021 4:05 PM - Last modified June 15, 2021 4:06 PM