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Life in Norway Show

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An English language guide to living and working in Norway, featuring interviews with both expats and Norwegians. Find out what it's like to live and work in Scandinavia, and whether Norway really is the happiest country on earth.

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An English language guide to living and working in Norway, featuring interviews with both expats and Norwegians. Find out what it's like to live and work in Scandinavia, and whether Norway really is the happiest country on earth.

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Excellent Scandinavian Discussions

By ckilly3 - Nov 03 2018
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The Life in Norway podcast is a great way to gain knowledge about life in Norway. The discussions are very diverse, positive, easy to understand (English is used with some Norwegian dialect), and entertaining. Along with Rick Steves travels to his homeland, this podcast is excellent way to become more knowledgeable about Norway.

Entertaining podcast!

By Russ- - Oct 04 2017
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Nice to see the point of view of people living in Norway.

iTunes Ratings

22 Ratings
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17
5
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Excellent Scandinavian Discussions

By ckilly3 - Nov 03 2018
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The Life in Norway podcast is a great way to gain knowledge about life in Norway. The discussions are very diverse, positive, easy to understand (English is used with some Norwegian dialect), and entertaining. Along with Rick Steves travels to his homeland, this podcast is excellent way to become more knowledgeable about Norway.

Entertaining podcast!

By Russ- - Oct 04 2017
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Nice to see the point of view of people living in Norway.

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Life in Norway Show

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An English language guide to living and working in Norway, featuring interviews with both expats and Norwegians. Find out what it's like to live and work in Scandinavia, and whether Norway really is the happiest country on earth.

Rank #1: 20: Unwritten Social Rules of Norway

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Life in Norway Show Episode 20: Norwegian Social entrepreneur Munib Mushtaq from Gi en hånd

Norwegian social entrepreneur Munib Mushtaq talks about working with immigrants and the unwritten social rules of Norwegian society.

Full show notes: https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode20/

New to Norway

There are many organisations that help people moving to Norway, but few courses look beyond the practicalities of setting someone up in the system, learning the language and finding employment.

While all those things are important, becoming truly settled in Norway with Norwegian friends and a full active social life is perhaps the biggest challenge of all. Institutions don’t teach the Norwegian social code and new refugees and immigrants often have to learn the hard way.

Today we meet Munib Mushtaq, a Norwegian social entrepreneur and founder of Gi en Hånd, who is on a mission to change that! He was born in Norway to immigrant parents, so has personal experience in adapting to different cultures.

A helping hand for new arrivals

Gi en Hånd is a voluntary organisation with the main goal of building bridges and integrating minority groups to create a stronger generation to strengthen Norway as a nation.

Their specialisation is providing intensive Norwegian courses that take just one month per level, which is much faster than standard courses.

Jan 25 2019

32mins

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Rank #2: 24: Behind the Scenes on Hurtigruten

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Life in Norway Show Episode 24: We go behind the scenes on the MS Vesterålen to meet some of the people who work for Hurtigruten.

Full show notes including photos: https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode24/

Norway's Hurtigruten famously offers guests a memorable 12-day cruise up and down the Norwegian coastline, but the company's ships also serve dual purpose as a local passenger and cargo service.

In this week's episode, I go behind the scenes on the MS Vesterålen to meet some of the dedicated people who keep the vessel running.

If you haven't seen it yet, you may want to check out the ship review and video tour first. You'll get a feel for the ship and meet Kathia, another employee from the MS Vesterålen.

We meet the Chief Officer on the bridge, the person in charge of managing the supplies on board, the hotel manager in charge of the guest experience, plus two people who work with Hurtigruten on the cargo management and tour guide side of things.

Full show notes including photos: https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode24/

Mar 22 2019

31mins

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Rank #3: LIN 11: The Norwegian Americans

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Life in Norway Show Episode 11: The Norwegian Americans

Full show notes from the episode can be found at https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode11

The history of Norwegian emigration to America is a fascinating one. Newspaper editor Emily Skaftun tells us all about the modern Norwegian American community.

It’s time to wrap up season one of the Life in Norway Show, and for the first time, I’m speaking to someone who doesn’t actually live in Norway. The reason? More than a hundred years ago, Norwegians moved to the USA en masse in search of a better life. Because of that, today there are huge numbers of Americans with Norwegian heritage, and there is quite the community built around them.

Emily Skaftun is the editor of the Norwegian American newspaper, and I speak to her about the Norwegian American community in the USA, the history of the newspaper, and her thoughts on Norway from her recent visits.

During the episode, we talk about:

  • The history of Norwegian emigration to the USA
  • The history of Norwegian media in the USA
  • Where in the USA the community is concentrated
  • Some of the community events
  • Emily’s recent travels to Norway including the Peer Gynt festival
  • The challenges of running the Norwegian American

PS: Don’t forget you can support the show for just a handful of change per month over on Patreon. I’ll be asking my supporters on Patreon who we should be interviewing for season two, so if you want to have your say, you know what to do! 

Feb 09 2018

38mins

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Rank #4: LIN 13: Travel Hacking in Norway

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Life in Norway Show Episode 13: Travel Hacking in Norway

Full show notes from the episode can be found at https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode13

For lucky episode 13 of the Life in Norway Show I'm joined by Scandinavian travel hacking expert Martin Damm Laupstad, editor of the Norwegian travel news website InsideFlyer.no.

First things first, what is travel hacking? The term means different things to different people, but what we talk about is how you can use frequent flyer points to earn free or discounted flights, and many other perks such as fast-track security, priority boarding, access to airport lounges and upgrades.

Travel hacking also encompasses all the different ways you can boost your points balance from shopping in the right stores to using certain travel-friendly credit cards.

This episode of the podcast is most relevant for anyone living in Norway, but we talk about travel in more general terms too, so hopefully you'll find it interesting regardless.

Oct 19 2018

26mins

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Rank #5: LIN 04: Working Culture in Norway

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Life in Norway Show Episode 4: Working Culture in Norway

Full show notes from the episode can be found at https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode4

Former US Marine Dave Smith joins the Life in Norway Show to talk about the differences between office life in the USA and Norway.

Back in 2014, Dave travelled to Trondheim with his Norwegian girlfriend in an attempt to find work and make a home for himself. Three years later, he's happily married, working as Head of Marketing for a rapidly growing startup, and has fully embraced the Norwegian lifestyle.

Although this is episode four, our conversation was actually the first one I recorded for the Life in Norway Show, so my thanks for Dave agreeing to the interview before the podcast even existed! I'm sure you'll agree he gives some great insights and advice for newcomers to the country.

We talk about:

  • What Dave considers the biggest difference between working life in Norway and the USA
  • The emphasis on family and what really matters in life
  • Whether a tech startup can succeed in a country with a more relaxed approach to working life
  • What to expect working in a Norwegian office
  • Dave's top tips for finding a job in Norway
  • If extra vacation days result in reduced productivity or not

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Enjoying the Life in Norway Show?

Please consider supporting us from just $2 per month - that's less than the price of a simple black coffee here in Norway! Not only will your support guarantee the future of the show, supporters get access to exclusive Q&A podcasts where you can ask any question about Norway. You’ll also get massive discounts on all eBooks we produce. Support the show here.

Oct 27 2017

41mins

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Rank #6: LIN 03: Raising a Child in Norway

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Life in Norway Show Episode 3: Raising a Child in Norway

Full show notes from the episode can be found at https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode3

American expat Audrey Camp talks about the differences in childcare between the USA and Norway, and the challenges of having a baby in a foreign country.

Audrey Camp is a freelance writer and American expat living in Oslo, Norway with her husband and daughter. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and her MA in British and American Literature from the University of Oslo. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines, literary journals, and anthologies, and she is the co-author of Startup Guide Oslo and Startup Guide Vienna.

In March 2017, she was elected Chair of Democrats Abroad Norway, giving her a chance to stretch her progressive political muscles. Today, she teaches seminars in American Literature at the University of Oslo.

As I've never had a child in either the UK or Norway, I invited Audrey on the show to talk about the process of pregnancy, childcare, and raising a child in Norway. I learned so much from this episode, and I just know you're going to do the same!

In this episode you'll learn:

  • What support a pregnant woman can expect in Norway
  • The incredible young age at which children start kindergarten
  • Why inner city Oslo is a great place to raise a child
  • The differences in parental leave between the USA and Norway
  • Audrey's favourite hangouts in the Norwegian capital

Moon Norway: This episode of the Life in Norway Show is proudly sponsored by the Moon Norway travel guidebook. Grab your copy now to help plan your ideal trip to Norway.

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Full show notes from the episode can be found at https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode3

Oct 13 2017

49mins

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Rank #7: LIN 07: Living in Oslo with Jason Moore

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Life in Norway Show Episode 7: Living in Oslo

Full show notes from the episode can be found at https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode7

Jason Moore from the Zero to Travel podcast is the latest guest on the Life in Norway Show. Jason talks to us about living in Norway's capital city, the differences from life in the United States, and his list of must-see places for travellers planning a trip to Oslo.

We talk about:

  • Why Jason and his wife chose to live in Norway over the USA
  • Jason's description of Oslo for a first-time visitor
  • The biggest difference between Norway and an American state capital
  • A typical day in the life of an Oslo resident
  • The biggest challenges relocating to Oslo
  • Jason's recommendations for what to see in Oslo
  • The best value places to eat in the capital
  • Jason's travels outside of Oslo, including his visit to Fjærland

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And to find out more about Jason:

Enjoying the Life in Norway Show?

Please consider supporting us from just $2 per month - that's less than the price of a simple black coffee here in Norway! Not only will your support guarantee the future of the show, supporters get access to exclusive Q&A podcasts where you can ask any question about Norway. You’ll also get massive discounts on all eBooks we produce. Support the show here.

Dec 08 2017

55mins

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Rank #8: LIN 08: Norwegian Food with Whitney Love Bredland

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Life in Norway Show Episode 8: Norwegian Food

Full show notes from the episode can be found at https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode8

Whitney Bredland Love from the Thanks for the Food blog is the latest guest on the Life in Norway Show.

Whitney talks to us about the interesting world of Norwegian food. We look at Norwegian cuisine from the perspective of living here, and some tips for visitors too. We also take a trip around Norway and hear about some of the regional specialities.

We talk about:

  • Why Whitney decided to start a food blog
  • A typical Norwegian diet and the daily eating routine
  • The Norwegian tradition of boiled potatoes
  • Whitney's favourite Norwegian dishes
  • Recommendations for visitors
  • Whitney's trip to Røros
  • How shopping for food and groceries differs from the USA

Links from the show:

And to find out more about Whitney:

Enjoying the Life in Norway Show?

Please consider supporting us from just $2 per month - that's less than the price of a simple black coffee here in Norway! Not only will your support guarantee the future of the show, supporters get access to exclusive Q&A podcasts where you can ask any question about Norway. You’ll also get massive discounts on all eBooks we produce. Support the show here.

Dec 21 2017

44mins

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Rank #9: LIN 09: Living in Lofoten with Photographer Cody Duncan

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Life in Norway Show Episode 9: Living in Lofoten

Full show notes from the episode can be found at https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode9

American photographer Cody Duncan gives us the lowdown on what life is really like in Lofoten, northern Norway.

Lofoten is one of the most popular bucket list destinations for travellers, but very few people actually live there. One of those lucky few is American photographer Cody Duncan, who makes a living leading photo tours, selling ebooks, and taking photos.

He joins the latest episode of the Life in Norway Show to talk all about life in Lofoten, the good and the bad. If you've ever dreamed of living in a remote yet beautiful part of Norway, this is a must-listen episode. For more on Lofoten, check out our Lofoten travel guide.

We talk about:

  • Why Cody moved to Lofoten
  • How it was for an American to get a self-employed work permit
  • What makes Lofoten such a special place for photography
  • The best ways to get to Lofoten
  • The downsides of life in Lofoten
  • The cost of living in a remote part of northern Norway
  • Cody's recommended hikes and beaches

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And to find out more about Whitney:

Jan 05 2018

37mins

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Rank #10: 28: Life in Small-Town Norway

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Life in Norway Show Episode 28: Jill Kirchmann from the Norway Times blog tells us all about life in the small Norwegian town Hølen, and why she chose to move away from the capital city.

I've only ever lived in Oslo and Trondheim, and every so often I do wonder what life would be like in a much smaller place. Having grown up in a small village in England, I have fond memories of life in a small community. But what would that be like as an adult, and in Norway?

Jill Kirchmann, a Canadian who writes the Norway Times blog, is just the person to ask! She moved to Hølen, a small town about an hour south of Oslo, and joins the show to talk about the experience.

Full show notes: https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode28

Apr 19 2019

36mins

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Rank #11: 21: Entrepreneurship in Rural Norway

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Life in Norway Show Episode 21: Entrepreneur Torill Wilhelmsen joins us to discuss Norwegian entrepreneurship and the advantages of starting a business in rural Norway.

After many years of lagging behind its Nordic neighbours Sweden and Finland, Norway is finally catching up supporting new business and entrepreneurship. Today’s guest Torill Wilhelmsen talks about the challenges and benefits of working for yourself in rural Norway.

Full show notes: https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode21/

Making a living outside the cities

One issue is that support programs and startup ecosystems tend to be concentrated in and around the cities. So what does a budding entrepreneur who just happens to live in rural Norway do?

Torill believes ordinary people can achieve remarkable things. She started her business Fjellflyt to make it easier to make a living from your passion no matter where in the country you live.

In addition to her work as a business strategist, she founded the BETA coworking space, pictured above, in the centre of Vågå in the Gudbrandsdal region.

Doing 'slow business' in Norway

Once Torill also began to feel the burnout of juggling her career with travelling, being a new mum and other commitments, the idea for Fjellflyt was born. "The mission I am on now is to create community for both rural and urban entrepreneurs who are like-minded in there way they approach their business", says Torill.

She calls this philosophy where the best of work and best of the outdoors meet, slow business.

Full show notes: https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode21/

Feb 08 2019

33mins

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Rank #12: 25: Growing Food on Svalbard

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Life in Norway Episode 25: American chef Ben Vidmar is so passionate about food that he's trying to grow his own in the world's northernmost community.

Full show notes including photos:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/growing-food-on-svalbard/

On my recent trip to Svalbard I met so many fascinating people from all over the world. Everyone has their story to tell, but without doubt one of the most interesting is that of American entrepreneur Ben Vidmar.

He works in Svalbard as a chef and has his own business, Polar Permaculture. He aims to solve one of the biggest headaches of life at 78 degrees north: obtaining fresh food while reducing waste.

Read more: Living on Svalbard

In this week's episode, I sit down in Ben's office to chat about what brought him to such a remote place. We talk about his business, and what he believes is possible when it comes to growing food sustainably on Svalbard.

Full show notes including photos:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/growing-food-on-svalbard/

Mar 29 2019

22mins

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Rank #13: LIN 05: Living in Trondheim

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Life in Norway Show Episode 5: Living in Trondheim

Full show notes from the episode can be found at https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode5

Five episodes into the podcast and I'm finally joined by a fellow Brit! I promise we don't talk about football and tea too much. Wil Lee-Wright moved to Norway eight years ago with his Norwegian wife.

He works as a freelance photographer and was instrumental in the creation of The List, Trondheim's English language print magazine.

We talk about:

  • An introduction to Trondheim for those who've never been there
  • Why Trondheim is a great place to live
  • Why Wil started a print magazine in a small town in a digital age
  • The successes and challenges of the magazine
  • The downsides of life in Trondheim
  • Recommended things to do and places to eat in Trondheim

Links from the show:

Enjoying the Life in Norway Show?

Please consider supporting us from just $2 per month - that's less than the price of a simple black coffee here in Norway! Not only will your support guarantee the future of the show, supporters get access to exclusive Q&A podcasts where you can ask any question about Norway. You’ll also get massive discounts on all eBooks we produce. Support the show here.

Nov 10 2017

45mins

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Rank #14: 29: The Wandering Norwegian

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Life in Norway Show Episode 29: Gunnar Garfors is a Norwegian journalist who has visited every country in the world - twice! He tells us about what he's learned from travelling the world.

Since the Viking Age, Norwegians have been known as travellers, but today's guest takes things a step further. Today I'm joined by Gunnar Garfors, a Norwegian journalist, globetrotter, and author of the book How I Ran Out Of Countries.

We talk about where his ambition came from, what his travels have taught him about Norway's place in the world, and where in the world he thinks are the most interesting and overrated places to travel.

Full show notes: https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode29

Apr 26 2019

34mins

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Rank #15: LIN 16: Art, Design & Creativity in Norway

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Life in Norway Show Episode 16: Art, Design & Creativity in Norway

Full show notes from the episode can be found at https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode16

For episode 16 of the Life in Norway Show I'm joined by American artist Elizabeth Ramsey, director of Blank Space Oslo, an ambitious art collective and creative space in the Norwegian capital.

We talk about the differences between creativity in Scandinavia and elsewhere, how Norwegians view art and creativity, the thought behind Blank Space Oslo and how the 'average person' can get involved. We also discuss top art and design experiences for those visiting Oslo and the challenge of being a foreigner in Norway.

Liz says: "We do events all the way from going to bars allowing people to paint on large wall posters, through to classes about skillscreen printing and so on. Most of our classes are for beginners, you just sign up and come."

Liz is also a fellow podcaster. She hosts the monthly Blank Space podcast ‘Blah Blah’, which discusses topics as diverse as illustration, silkscreen printing, augmented reality, and video game development.

Full show notes from the episode can be found at https://www.lifeinnorway.net/episode16

Nov 30 2018

30mins

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