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In order to work in Norway, knowledge of basic Norwegian is required at the very least. As a member of the EEA, Norway grants citizens of other EEA countries the right to look for work for a three-month period without obtaining a permit; those who find work have the right to remain in Norway for the duration of their employment. For other foreigners, it’s very difficult and an application for a work permit must be made through the Norwegian embassy or consulate in your home country before entering Norway.

For help with looking for work, the best places to start are the Norwegian Labour & Welfare Organisation (www.nav.no), which distributes two free booklets, Looking for Work in Norway and Norway – Access to Job Vacancies, or Use-It.

Business hours

Offices, including most post offices, are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm Saturday. Post offices in larger cities open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 6pm Saturday and shorter hours in other places.

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