WITHIN THE WORLD OF POLITICS IN NORWAY Low conflict level is the ideal Long democratic traditions Social dialogue Egalitarian society – everybody are middle class Strict anti-corruption laws
SEEN FROM THE OUTSIDE… The “outside nation” Not an EU member, but still a reliable partner Very open economy - 50% exports Industry structure - adapted to international competition 70% of all the issues in a Norwegian City Council come from the EU
IMPORTANT DATES IN NORWEGIAN HISTORY 1814 – We don’t need you 1905 – We don’t need you 1945 – We don’t need you 1972 – We don’t need you 1994 – We already told you in 1972, We don’t need you!
NOW LET’S HAVE A LOOK AT THE WORK PLACE… …AND THE NORWEGIANS’ FREE TIME!
Flat structures Professional work Open doors / Open landscape Casual clothes Informal tone Friendly working environment Employees are organized Service attitude
Work and free time kept separate Time more important than money If it’s after 16:00, don’t call If it’s July, don’t call Family is most important Hiking, skiing and the mountain
WHAT’S IN IT…? Practical experience Management from the Norwegian view Learn about Norway’s culture and society Create new Norwegian - Russian contacts
A few tips to remember… Shops close early and are closed on Sundays Informality Keep track of the time – being late is a sin Your mobiles should be on silent/vibrate when in a meeting, and it is considered rude to answer it during a meeting
PROGRAMME 16 APRIL TO 9 MAY: Monday 16 April: Arrival Oslo Tuesday 17 – Friday 20 April: Programme for all in Oslo Sunday 22 April: Departure for internships Monday 23 April – 4 May: Individual internships Monday 7 May: Evaluation, Oslo Tuesday 8 May: Closing Seminar, Oslo Wednesday 9 May: Departure for Russia
VISA We will send an invitation letter to your e-mail address as well as to the closest Norwegian Consultate or Embassy When you receive the letter of invitation you can go and apply http://www.norvegia.ru/Embassy/visatonorway/
TICKETS AND INSURANCE You have to buy travel insurance yourself for the whole stay in Norway. We will refund the costs in Oslo. We will buy all the tickets. The tickets are electronic and are sent you by e-mail from either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Days of travel: Monday 16 April and Wednesday 9 May Tickets for the internship-period will be given to you in Norway
Arrival in Oslo Monday 16 April You will be met at the airport and brought to your place of living You will have your own room or apartment both in Oslo and while you are on your internship You will be given a daily rate to cover food and a sum to cover local transport
PREPARATIONS Have contact with your host about your programme – we will give both contact information Prepare a presentation about your work and your region, for presentation in host organisations Make sure that you are clear regarding your objectives, goals and expectations for the internship – you will be asked to talk about it in Oslo
During your internship you should… …make a report/presentation about your internship for presentation in Oslo on Monday 7 May …focus on: Differences and similarities in your field of work between Norway and Russia The structure of local and regional authorities in Norway Your most surprising experience