Want to understand Norwegian Working Culture?

The aim of this 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?

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

International researchers and staff at UiO who have recently arrived in Norway and Norwegian employees who work in an international environment.


08:45 - Doors open, coffee & tea will be served

09.00 - 11:30 - Workshop

11:30 -12:00 - Room is open for chat and reflection after the workshop.


Participant with international perspective

Participant with Norwegian perspective


Deadline: Thursday, 19 May, 11.30 am.

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 May 10, 2022 3:33 PM - Last modified May 10, 2022 4:52 PM