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Postby SingLaw » Tue, 28 Aug 2012 9:33 pm

IOP wrote:
SingLaw wrote:I'm looking forward to the change. Everywhere has its cultural quirks and I'm sure I'll grow to loathe aspects of Singapore. :D

If you have any more questions about Norway, feel free to PM me or post in this thread.



Good luck with your change. by the way, what is your opinion - are Norse opened and friendly people?


I'm married to a Norwegian, so I should probably tread lightly... :)

The general stereotype, though, is that Norwegians are quite cold and reserved. They are very polite and nice, just not open and friendly. But, once you get to know a person, it's hard to get rid of them. (See first sentence :P )

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Postby IOP » Tue, 28 Aug 2012 9:39 pm

SingLaw wrote:
IOP wrote:
SingLaw wrote:I'm looking forward to the change. Everywhere has its cultural quirks and I'm sure I'll grow to loathe aspects of Singapore. :D

If you have any more questions about Norway, feel free to PM me or post in this thread.



Good luck with your change. by the way, what is your opinion - are Norse opened and friendly people?


I'm married to a Norwegian, so I should probably tread lightly... :)

The general stereotype, though, is that Norwegians are quite cold and reserved. They are very polite and nice, just not open and friendly. But, once you get to know a person, it's hard to get rid of them. (See first sentence :P )


Thanks for your advises. Good luck with Singapore.
But don't take citizenship if you are 100% sure: life without millions in Singapore is not quite good for old people.
Most of them work as blue collar even after 60.

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Postby SingLaw » Wed, 29 Aug 2012 4:37 am

I doubt I would even consider getting Singaporean citizenship as I have no desire to get rid of my US citizenship. Thanks for the advice though and good luck with your decision on Norway.

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Postby Travailes » Wed, 29 Aug 2012 8:31 am

A great place offering a huge contrast to Singapore. Recommended.
However, don't join the Workers Youth League and go on camping holidays.
I recall they had an international incident last year which I'm sure you read about.
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Postby Mad Scientist » Thu, 30 Aug 2012 4:21 pm

SingLaw wrote:
IOP wrote:The true is that 80% of Singaporeans are not rich: making 1500 - 3000SGD per month.
Don't believe newspapers.


I didn't meant to imply that I thought the average Singaporean is rich. In fact, I meant just the opposite. Because of the income inequality in Singapore and the availability of cheap labor via immigration in some sectors, goods and services that involve in country labor on the part of someone else are much, much cheaper in Singapore than in Norway. In short, it's better to be more wealthy in Singapore than in Norway and better to be more poor in Norway than in Singapore in terms of what you can buy.

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Most European countries including Oz and NZ has a four weeks holiday leave after the first year working. Give and take a week more. So it is not only in Norway per se.
I know since we lived there a fair bit in Motala and Melbourne and CHCH
Thanks. Is it easy to travel in Europe from Norway? How many leave days usually you have?


Yes, it's really easy. One of Europe's biggest low cost airlines (Norwegian) has its main hub in Oslo. SAS also has a hub in Oslo and Ryanair has a lot of flights from Oslo labelled airports as well. Obviously, because of where Norway is located, it's quicker to get to destinations in northern Europe, but there are direct flights to many destinations in Europe.

A minimum of five weeks of paid vacation is mandated by law. As a result of this, it's almost unheard of for anyone to negotiate any more. The first year you work in Norway, however, your paid vacation is 0 days (but 25 days unpaid). People here take at least 4 out of their 5 weeks and most take all of their vacation every year. Historically, everything has pretty much shut down the last three weeks of July during "common vacation".
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Postby JR8 » Mon, 15 Oct 2012 4:28 am

I love Norway!

Quality lash.
Good fishing.
Unembarrassed boozing (though $)
The best x-country skiing in the world.
Probably one of the few genuine (and trust-worthy) allies Britain has.


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