Oslo, now a familiar city

EXPATRIATE MUSINGS An occasional column by foreigners living and working in Oslo, this one by new college graduate Martina Scapin, the daughter of an Italian diplomat who was born in Oslo but didn’t return until last summer. She’s been back this summer, too. And so we meet again, Oslo. At the beginning of this year, […]

Growth in expat small business

EXPATRIATE MUSINGS An occasional column by Phillip M Louis, an American living and working in Oslo Is it a new craze or are Americans and other nationalities finding the right opportunities to follow their dreams? Over the last few months, I have noticed that my social network has grown by meeting new expatriates who also […]

From expat to global citizen

EXPATRIATE MUSINGS Phillip M Louis, an American living and working in Oslo, is a regular contributor to Views and News from Norway. When you define “expatriate,” you clearly find the following terms: One who has taken up residence in a foreign country. As for “global citizen,” it’s the concept of citizenship on a global level and […]

The brow of a Norwegian

EXPATRIATE MUSINGS Phillip M Louis, an American living and working in Oslo, is a regular contributor to Views and News from Norway. In Oslo and other cities in Norway, whether we’re an expatriate or guest, the more we understand our day-to-day activities and duties, the more we begin to blend into our unique Norwegian environments. Among […]

Reflections on a Norwegian election

Expatriate musings The voting is over, the counting is mostly done. Election Day, generally the only political event for which Norwegian reporters seem to dress up, has come and gone but musings over the details will go on for months. Here are a few: As for the reporters, Election Day is one of the few […]

Frustrations at the grocery store

EXPATRIATE MUSINGS John Shealy, a former grocer from the US now living in Mandal, sounds off on the grocery business in Norway. Shealy’s piece suggests it’s not just the high prices that can shock foreigners, but the lack of consumer-driven selection. When I read the article headlined “Government mulls grocery probe,” it opened up something in […]