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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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Integration in Norway: Mimicking or mocking a foreign accent?

Was I a victim of prejudicial accent bullying? Or am I being overly sensitive and over the top dramatic (read: ridiculous)? First: It happened again just yesterday. Hearing the doorbell ring down the hall at work, I’d gone to open up for a man arriving for a meeting with one of my office neighbors. Showing … 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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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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Working in Norway: “Do Norwegians Like Foreigners?”

This surprise question left this particular course instructor at a momentary loss for words, and she’s still not satisfied with the eventual answer she gave in response to it. It happened during an (English) evening course called ‘Living and Working in Norway’ that I was running last month in Trondheim, a major city making up … les mer

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