Norway hard on expats’ careers

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An international survey seems to confirm what many expatriates living in Norway have experienced for a long time: It’s hard to build a career. Norway and the Nordic countries in general ranked poorly regarding career prospects for foreign nationals.

Norway ranked 53rd out of 67 countries in terms of career prospects for expats, followed by Sweden in 54th place and Finland down near the bottom, in 62nd place. The survey was conducted for InterNations, which bills itself as a global network and information site for people who live and work abroad.

Its annual Expat Insider survey questioned around 14,300 expats representing 174 nationalities and living in 191 countries or territories. They were asked to rate and provide information on various aspects of expat life. For a country to featured in the indices, and in the overall ranking, a sample size of at least 50 survey participants per country was necessary.

In the latest survey conducted in 2016, 67 countries met the requirements for the overall ranking, with many receiving far more than the minimum required. The US won the top spot as the country with the best career prospects for expats, but ranked poorly regarding the work-life balance, at 51st. The US was followed by the UK, Taiwan, Ecuador and Romania in overall career prospects. Australia was 6th and also fared well in the work-life balance.

The worst countries for career prospects were mostly in Europe, with Greece ranking last in 67th place, followed by Italy and Portugal. Finland, Sweden and Norway weren’t far behind, for failing to offer “satisfying career options for working expats.” Only 43 percent of those questioned in Norway, which has been criticized for its tough immigration rules, failing to seek out global talent and the reluctance of companies to hire non-Norwegian workers, rated their career prospects positively, even though Norway also scored the best in work-life balance and relatively high job security.

For more details on the survey, click here (external link). staff

  • richard albert

    Apparently janteloven has finally achieved international acclaim.

    • inquisitor

      I would say janteloven is a minor aspect regarding this, but not a major factor.

      The major factors eventually, over time and with experience, manifest themselves to be…

      The attitude of superiority over foreigners (even over educated western emmigrants, not just second or third world immigrants), because Norwegian educational requirements are the best (and therefore yours is inferior or needing improvements before you can hope to operate in Norway), that Norway is the best country (and therefore yours is inferior otherwise why would you even come here and not stay home),

      In short, you are to be assumed incapable or too stupid as you are and are outrightly dismissed.
      In my opinion those that do this regarding foreigners are acting contrary to how they should be acting if they were influenced by janteloven because they are not to think they are better than anyone else.
      So here janteloven does not apply…to them.

      Should one be fortunate enough to land a position, then any exhibition of your education, qualifications, experience, initiative, motivation or capability to perform that begins to show excellence and begins to surpass the status quo of the already established workplace culture will now take the route of your being a “problem”. Either as a disruptive threat, as someone who is a show off trying to make others look bad, or as a legit competitive threat within the workplace regarding potential pay raise or promotion as compensation for that excellence.

      In short, you are too capable or too smart as you are.
      Here, janteloven is applied…but to you.

      • richard albert

        No disagreement here. You have the creds to be much more harsh than do I. I was simply being ironic. Your thoughtful response is appreciated. No person wishes to lick the stick which beats them, and you make this as plain as the nose on Robert Eriksson’s face, to cop a line from Clifford Odets.

  • richard albert

    UPDATE 19/06/17:
    I ‘noised about’ this article to my contacts in the Norwegian Diaspora. One of my mentors flashed back that his son had recently completed a PhD, was married to a Norwegian, and was planning to settle there. The family resides in the State of Wisconsin, USA, and is the premier breeder of [fjordhest] in North America. Conclusion: Norway and Norwegian-Americans are attached to one another by an umbilical cord composed of [snus, lutefisk, og kavier saite].