A great welfare system

Living and working in Norway gives you access to a great welfare system, and good working conditions.

Working in Norway

The Norwegian Labour market has a low unemployment rate, compared to the rest of Europe, and as an employee in Norway you will work under very good conditions and receive great benefits.

Working hours in Norway are approximately 40 hours per week, with an average of eight hours per day, Monday – Friday. The working hours are usually from 8 am – 4 pm, but this may vary. The working hours makes it easy to combine and balance work and family, which is a huge benefit with the Norwegian work model.

The wages in Norway are usually pretty high and in proportion to the cost of living. Wage statistics for different occupations are available here. If you are employed in Norway you are entitled to at least 21 working days holiday each year.

Social insurance

Social insurance is an important part of the Norwegian welfare system. If you live and work in Norway, you are entitled to receive benefits such as medical care, health insurance and pension. You are also entitled to maternity leave for up to a year after giving birth, and also fathers can take paternity leave.

Safe and peaceful

According to the Global Peace Index, Norway is among the most peaceful countries in the world, as well as a friendly and safe place to live.


In Norway, every child has the right to attend kindergarten. The kindergartens are financed by the state, the municipalities and the parents. Parent’s fees are national regulated and cannot exceed
€ 300 a month. The kindergartens offer full-time or part-time options, depending on the families’ needs. For more information, visit the City of Bergen.


Greater Bergen has several schools and educational institutions. In Norway, education is free throughout compulsory school system
(6 – 16 years old), upper secondary school and throughout university.

If preferred, international schools can be attended. Bergen is home to the International School of Bergen, which is a primary and lower secondary school. The city also have an IB Middle Years Program to offer. In addition, Bergen Katedralskole offers the International Baccalaureate Program. Bergen Katedralskole is a popular secondary school, located in the heart of Bergen. 

Bergen is a popular city for students, and more than 30 000 are currently studying in the Bergen. Information about student life in Bergen can be found here and here, and more information about the region’s universities can be found here and here.


The infrastructure in Norway, and Greater Bergen, is well organised and efficient, and there are good train and flight connections. Just outside the city centre lies Bergen Airport, which easily connects you to the rest of the world with direct routes to 75 different destinations, both domestic and international.