Introduction (0:00 to 0:58)
- Life in Norway as an American.
- Nick Kamran’s Norway Story.
- Recognition of donors, making this podcast possible.
Why Norway? (0:50 to 6:11)
- The first thing everyone asks me, “Why Norway.”
- There is a long and short answer to that question.
- The short answer will be answered in this podcast.
- The long answer is a book I am working on: “The Middle-Aged Man’s Guide to Divorcing in New York and Starting Over in Oslo.”
- I’m on page 278 or 86,000 words but still have a long way to go.
- The book is called, “A Middle-Aged Man’s Guide to Divorcing in New York and Starting Over in Oslo.”
- Choosing between four countries:
- Norway – The Minnesota Connection.
- Learning Norwegian on YouTube:
- Karin the Norwegian Teacher:
- The American accent in Oslo
The Journey (6:12 to 13:26)
- The Leap of Faith.
- First day in Norway.
- Skilled job seeker visa process.
- Working as a nanny at middle age.
- Developing a routine to maximize the day.
- Early Morning – Gym (Evo Fitness),
- Late Morning – Job hunting,
- Afternoon – Norwegian School and chores,
- Evenings – babysitting and networking at the bars.
- Getting the job!
- It took exactly 3 months, 12, days and 10 hours,
- 153 applications, 5 interviews, and 2 offers.
- Courageous or Crazy: where is the line drawn?
Working in Norway (13:27 to 14:42)
- Characteristics of Norwegian Corporations,
- Various workplace scams I heard about or witnessed,
- This is a topic of a podcast by itself.
Becoming Norwegian (14:43 to 17:42)
- Permanent residency in Norway takes three years (refer to UDI.no).
- Norwegian Permanent Residency (PR) requirements for skilled workers.
- 250 classroom hours of Norwegian.
- 50 hours of social studies and history.
- Pass social studies and language examination.
- Compare and contrast to the American process.
- Talking to strangers in Norway and other social etiquettes.
Envy, Jealousy & the State (17:43 to 22:16)
- two words American’s hear but really don’t understand until they get to Europe.
- Personal information is public in Norway. There are several sites that tell the world where you live and even how much you make.
- The Truman Show, starring Jim Carey, analogy.
- The state’s agenda to disable human spirit and character, keeping people in their place.
- The tradeoff between government provided security and personal freedom.
The Language & Culture (22:17 – 31:20)
- Norway vs. Minnesota comparison.
- Norway’s official languages:
- Bokmål Norwegian – most prevalent,
- Nynorsk (New Norwegian),
- Nynorsk vs. Ebonics analogy.
- Native languages in Minnesota.
- Advocating for English as a second official language. Although many Norwegian government sites are in English, it is not the entire site but rather just certain sections. These sites are good examples:
- Innovation Norway,
- The Business Registry.
- The 50 Hours Norwegian Social Course, required for permanent residency.
- Two-week course,
- Interactions with other immigrants.
- Characteristics of successful immigrants.
- Overcoming cultural issues.
Wrap up (31:21 – 34:35)
- Use the negatives to your advantage. Do what others won’t do and you will become successful.
- The American advantage.
- I am here to stay in Norway, seeing America from the outside looking in.