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Norway is not a member of the European Union (EU) but it is still a full member of the EU single market agreement which allows free movement of, amongst other things, labour within the market, therefore creating new opportunities for employment. Norway is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) which means that EURES services are available in Norwegian public employment service centres.
If you are a EU national, you do not need any kind of work permit (although you must register with the local police office to inform them of your presence in the country, and they will issue a residency permit).
In case you are not a EU national, check with the local Embassy of Norway in your country of residence for the latest updates regarding documents needed for applying for a work visa.
> FINDING A JOB
All job vacancies in Norway must be reported to the public employment service so their job centres are a good place to start looking for work.
In Norway, you can find your local job centre by looking in the telephone directory under ARBEIDSMARKEDSETATENS or by looking on the official website (www.aetat.no)
All job vacancies registered with the Norwegian public employment service are published on a special computer terminal (JOB AUTOMAT) which you can find in the job centres, public libraries and some other public offices in Norway. A selection of the vacancies are also published on the internet.
The job centres can also enter the details of job seekers in a database which can be accessed by employers through the website. In this way, employers can search through the database to try and find suitable candidates for the posts they are offering. The website also offers up-to-date information on the Norwegian labour market.
If you are a citizen of an EU member country and you are looking for a job in another member state (either in Norway or Iceland), the European Employment Services (EURES) network can help you. You can find EURES departments, which specialise in international recruitment, through the public employment services in either your home country or in the member state that you wish to find work in. In each EURES department there is at least one Euro-adviser who can give you help and information on finding a job in another member state. These advisers also have access to two information databases one containing job offers in the 15 EU member states, Norway and Iceland and the other containing information about living and working in each of the 17 countries.
> USEFUL LINKS
OSLO UNIVERSITY CAREER SERVICE: www.karrieresenteret.uio.no
> LOCAL PAPERS
NORWAY POST: www.norwaypost.no
> FOR MORE INFORMATION
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