Working Abroad In Norway

This summer I chose to go work in Norway. I study and live in Copenhagen, but during my two months summer holidays I like to save some money for the next year. This time I went to Sandefjord, which is approx. a 2 hours drive away from the capital Oslo. I have been here 4 months last year – and actually have been working seasonal jobs in Norway 3 times before, which makes this my 4th time in Norway.

A lot of Swedish and Danish people choose to go to Norway to work. The salary is usually higher than in our own country and they have lower taxes.

I love going to Norway to work. Even though it is very similar to Denmark I still feel like I’m in a different country. The language is a bit different, which makes it all more exotic. Norway isn’t that far away, but when I’m returning home I feel like I’ve been far away for quite a while.

It’s not only Scandinavians who go to Norway. Where I work there are people from Italy, France, UK and Eastern Europe. Working with people from all over Europe is amazing. You get to meet other cultures and get inspired. And a great thing is that they most likely love to travel just as you do.


Getting work in Norway:

If you don’t speak Norwegian (or danish or swedish) it might be difficult. There are lots of jobs at bars, hotels and restaurants. But usually if you want to work as a bartender, waitress etc. it’s important you know at least one Scandinavian language. It’s not impossible, if you don’t understand norwegian. It might just be more difficult.

If you find it difficult understanding norwegian and even some english you could get a job as a dishwasher, cleaning or in the kitchen. It might not sound like the best job, but the salary is still worth it. And a great thing is that most places share the tips, so you’d also get that as a bonus.


Has anyone been to Norway to work? Let me know what it was like.

By | 2015-07-29T14:41:23+01:00 July 29th, 2015|4 Comments

About the Author:

Marie is the founder of this blog, which has existed since 2012. Her entire life, she has had a passion for traveling and loves to explore and try out new adventures. Having visited 40+ countries so far, she keeps being in love with Africa and its incredible nature. She used to live in both Norway and Switzerland, but has moved her base back to Copenhagen, Denmark. Besides traveling, Marie loves reading books, writing and meeting new people.


  1. Sugarsheet July 30, 2015 at 2:46 AM - Reply

    Just found your blog on Johnny’s blog. Your blog is great, with nice pictures and good tips for the future travelers. Keep on publishing posts! 🙂

    Ji from France

  2. Gemma March 7, 2016 at 4:35 PM - Reply

    Hi Marie!

    My name is Gemma and I’m from Barcelona.
    Next summer I would like to go to work in Sandefjord. I have a friend living in this city and it would be very easy to me because I’d have a fix accomodation.
    Nowadays I’m learning English and I can defend myself correctly with it. I don’t know any scandinavian idiom but I would be ready to study the basis of one of them if it’s necssary.

    How can I find a job like you mention in Sandefjord through Internet? A job at bars, hotels or restaurants for summer still that be to stay in the kitchen or do the cleaning.

    Thanks for your attention!


    • Marie Meier April 26, 2016 at 6:46 PM - Reply

      Hi Gemma 🙂
      You can find jobs in Norway through Almost all job vacancies are to be found there. 🙂
      Let me know if there is more I can do for you. Just send me an e-mail.


  3. Agness of aTukTuk August 21, 2017 at 8:24 PM - Reply

    Norway seems like a great place to work in! Your post is so motivating, Marie!

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