Rough guide Norway
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Population: 5 million
Minimum Wage Rate: They do not have one
Other Languages: Sami, Finnish
Current Government politics and support for culture: See Cultural Policy for general objectives and principles of cultural policy
Who needs a visa to work there?: If you are a citizen of an EU / EEA / EFTA country, you no longer need to apply for a residence permit, but you can make a preliminary registration online.  If you want to work in Norway and come from a country that is not a part of the EU/EEA/EFTA, you must have a work permit. If you plan to work in Norway for longer than three months you will also need a residence permit.
Best places to look for / find culture jobs:  (NAV)
- Also try:  (Culturenet.no)
Best places to look for volunteering and internships:
Studying/Training & Mobility Grants/Bursaries
Recommended university/college culture management courses You will get a good overview by checking out the  (studyinnorway.no) website. It gives you a good portal to studying in Norway.
- Master degree: 
- postgraduate degree:
Recommended vocational and short-term culture management training:  (The University of Stavanger)
National Grants or Bursaries For Mobility: Mobility grants and residency funding for artists and cultural agents within the Nordic and Baltic region can be found in Kulturkontakt Nord's  (Mobility Programme).Kulturkontakt Nord also distribute grants for cultural and artistic exchange for both professionals and amateurs within the Culture and Arts Programme. Application times and deadlines for both Programmes can be found  (here). There are several funding schemes for Culture, Media and Leisure projects and collaborations taking place within the Nordic region. Read more at  (Nordisk Ministerrad),  (Nordic Culture Fund).
Coolest places: Oslo, Bergen, Tromso, Svalbard
Places to avoid: Bergen in the rainy season.
Weather: Weather is a favourite topic in Norway, because the country has so much of it. Being such a long country weather will differ widely. Check up  (Weather in Norway). Southern Norway often has good summer temperatures. But winters are long, dark and cold.
Budget airlines?:  (Norwegian)
What to eat and drink: Norwegian restaurant prices scare the hell out of most visitors. But those in the know will find good eateries with reasonable prices in the backstreets of most cities. Immigrant restaurants offer a rich variety of international cooking. And of course you have your vast selsction of pizzerias and hamburger joints that has all but killed Norwegian cooking many places. But slow food thinking is coming. Look out for local specialities. Sea food ($$$), game ($$). Norwegian beers are good but expensive.
Cost of living examples:
- A Beer: €7.08 PRICE PINT
- A Cappuccino: € 2.50
- A litre of milk: € 2.00
- Renting a 2 bedrooms apartment in an average town: € 800 Trondheim
The main spoken language is Norwegian, but almost everybody can speak fluent English and love to show you.
Norway is a welfare state, the workers' unions are well established and reliable, also for people working in the cultural sphere. Even if you are not a member they are usually happy to answer questions about salaries, rights and obligations.
Full-time employees are normally entitled to a five-week holiday during a year, which most people take during the summer months, June-August. So in general Norway stops from June 15th to August 15th.
Norwegian work places usually have a relatively flat hierarchy. Dress code is casual.
Arts Council Norway http://www.kulturrad.no/
National Touring Exhibitions http://www.riksutstillinger.no/
Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority http://www.abm-utvikling.no/
Rikskonsertene (The Norwegian Concert Institute) http://www.rikskonsertene.no/
The Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs http://www.regjeringen.no/nb/dep/kkd.html?id=545
The Norwegian Language Council http://www.sprakradet.no/
The Norwegian National Touring Theatre http://www.riksteatret.no/Flash/
Suggested reads and books
 (The Fairy Tales)
 (The Kings' Sagas)
Anything by Ibsen. Check out "Out Stealing Horses" by Per Petterson.
 (VisitNorway.com) has a selection of A class tourist photos for you.
There is a nice selection of Oslo photos on  (Facebook)