How to Work in Norway

Norway is a spectacular country to work abroad and there are so many reasons why you might want to apply. You can choose from cosmopolitan cities, beautiful tranquil rural towns or experience life of the coast. Norway has a population of around 5 million people, there is a strong economy and a great working environment.

There is a low level of unemployment in Norway at around 3% and local people enjoy a good standard of education so job hunting can be competitive especially if you lack experience or don't speak Norwegian. If the idea of living and working in Norway appeals to you, there are skilled and unskilled jobs throughout Norway for summer and year round. 


Where to Seek Employment

You can find work throughout the country in places like:

  • Oslo
  • Bergen
  • Trondheim
  • Rural areas

In the north of the county you can find work with fisheries whilst cities like Oslo, Bergen have a wide range of positions like finance, business and creative industries. 


Popular Jobs in Norway


These are some of the most popular industries for international staff to work in Norway:

  • Agriculture and Farming
  • Au Pair
  • Building & Construction
  • Customer Service
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare
  • IT
  • Language/Multilingual
  • Marketing/PR
  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Travel & Tourism


Professional Jobs in Norway

There is an increasing need for skilled workers in industries like IT, building and construction, engineering, nursing and retail.


Farming & Agriculture Jobs in Norway

There are various farming and agriculture positions in Norway for foreign staff. Tasks of a working guest can include: regular farm work, painting, fencing, assisting with repairs, cleaning, cooking, serving guests, helping families milk cows, clean cow stables, feed animals, paint cut grass and help around the house. Practical experience is desired but not mandatory but candidates must be physically strong. 


Seasonal & Summer Jobs in Norway

If you looking for a part time / flexible or summer job in Norway then there are a few options available to you. Lots of hotels and hostels hire seasonal staff whilst there are also vineyards and farms which need temporary workers.


Jobs for Students & Graduates in Norway

If you are currently in education or have recently finished then you might want to consider working in Norway. There are a range of career opportunities in tourism, marketing, hospitality and IT - just to name a few. Teaching is also a popular way to earn money. You could also apply to volunteer in Norway which is a perfect way to gain hands on experience.


Jobs in Norway for Foreigners & Non-EU Citizens 

Are you interested to find job vacancies in Norway but not sure if you are eligible as you are not from a country in the EU?  We get lots of enquires from people from all around the world including countries like India and South Africa who are keen to secure employment in Norway but as you might have realised this isn't that simple. 

There are several way how you can find jobs in Norway as a non-EU citizen. Some companies offer jobs in Norway for Indian, South African and other nationalities but to get hired you will need to be eligible for a work visa or have a company offer you a position.

Our best advice is to contact the recruiters listed on our website who will be able to help you secure work legally in the country.



If you do not speak Norwegian don't worry. Norway has a world class education system and most people in the country speak English fluently. Some jobs in Norway will require you to speak a basic level of Norwegian, but not all. If you would like to boost your chances of getting paid work then you might want to book a Norwegian language course or study online. Our guide to studying in Norway might appeal to you.


Visas & Work Permits

Norway is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) and due to this European Union (EU) citizens are free to enter and work in Norway for a period up to three months. If you are planning to stay longer than three months you will need to complete a free registration and show you have a job. If you are applying from outside of the EU then getting a visa can be more tricky. You might also like to view our guide to seasonal-jobs-working-holidays in Europe.


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