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Integration at Work: Simply the Best?

If you’ve lived in Norway for awhile, you’ll be familiar with the funny ad campaigns run by one of the grocery chains here. In the TV ads, some humorous situation is played out in the extreme, yet always ends with this message on the screen: “the simple is often the best.” This phrase could apply … les mer

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Norway: Happy OL Medal Count = Happy Norwegian Manager?

Need something special from your Norwegian boss? Strike while the OL-iron is hot! How so, you say? Well, consider Aftenposten’s headline this morning: OL statistics: Norway now holds a superior lead in the medal count Yes, little Norway, with a population just over 5 million people, is winning the 2018 Winter Olympics, or as they … les mer

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Integration: How to Move to Norway

If you’ve moved to Norway, learn something about Norway. Then tell Norwegians what you’ve learned. As often as you can. It doesn’t surprise me how little some newcomers know before moving here. I was certainly no expert on the ins and outs of Norwegian life before getting off the plane at the Oslo airport for … les mer

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Mars and Venus: (Not) Talking to Strangers in Norway

Not long ago, I was having a conversation with a fellow expat at an event arranged by my women’s network in southern Norway. New to the region, she started telling me about the trouble she was having getting used to the fact that nobody spoke to her out in public. She gave the example of … les mer

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Integrating in Norway: Why you should join a volunteer board

One of the fastest ways to integrate yourself in society here is to join a volunteer board. I didn’t say it was one of the easiest – why? Because you have to participate at meetings. You can’t just sit there and not say anything. Well, you can but you’ll feel pretty silly doing so time … les mer

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Integration: What does it mean to you?

Just where are you at on integrating? At a recent course on intercultural communication, the topic of integration was quickly brought up by one of the non-Norwegians in the classroom. Except that he didn’t call it that, but had just reacted to a question I’d written on the board before starting class: What does getting … les mer

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Integration in Norway: Find Your Tribe

We were talking this week about what different people – in this case non-Norwegians attending my Intercultural Communication at Work course – think about the term ‘integration’. What did it really mean to them? A woman raised her hand and asked, “What do you think? Is it okay to hang around with people from your … les mer

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First Impressions and Foreigners: Which Language Should You Speak?

As often happens when I’m running a course, what’s said by participants is much more interesting and thought provoking than what I say at the front of the classroom. At my most recent course – Intercultural Communication in the Workplace – held last week in Stavanger, Norway, a comment that generated the session’s most lively … les mer

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Integration: It’s Okay to Talk Your Talk

When you’re trying to become integrated in your new country, you get other people’s different ideas about how you should go about this process. It’s especially true when learning how to speak the language. That is, the native speakers might offer advice something along the lines of: ‘You need to speak our language as much … les mer

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What Does Integration Mean to You?

You foreigners who are working in Norway are of course living in Norway; which part is easier? By ‘living’ I mean all the things you do outside of work, from shopping at the grocery store to…what, exactly? What do you do during the rest of the time that’s not included in your 37.5 hour work … les mer

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