Are you happy in Norway?

Hello everyone!

According to the 2016 UN World Happiness Survey, Denmark, Switzerland and Iceland are the happiest countries on earth.

How about you? Are you happy in Norway? Do you feel happier today in your host country than before in your home country? What has contributed to the change?

In your opinion, are locals in Norway happy? How can you tell?

Please share your experience!

I'm happier in Norway than I was in Iceland. I love the mix of nature and city in Oslo, the climate is much better here than in Iceland, and it's cheaper and easier to visit other countries from here. I'm definitely happier than I was in America with the insufficient vacation and sick time at work, the confusing healthcare system, and the lack of understanding that people need a balance of both work and non work in their lives.

Is a good country,everybody is save in all chapters of the life!Easy to make money and travel!

I think i am happy but at times, I do get sad missing my family back home and the amenities back in Singapore.  Singapore is considered a first world country while Norway is still so rustic.  Then again, it is the rustic charm that makes me happy too.  I don't have to worry about work stress and  have more time for my own family in Norway and past times.  The weather is so much better compared to Singapore that is hot all year round.

For some reason I dont find myself so career driven in Norway compared to when I was in Singapore.  In Singapore, everyone is chasing for more money, more material gains so everyone is fighting for promotions and more pay.  I have to say I earn much less money in Norway compared to in Singapore.  Money is tighter now but at least I don't spend as much as I used to in Singapore.

Not such a good experience for me.   I find that I am constantly having to try and prove myself at work, and that those of us at work who are not Scandinavian, have far less opportunities.   It seems like the best jobs are reserved for Scandinavians, unless you are a specialist.   And trying to rent an apartment or buy things online is more difficult once they discover that you have a non-Scandinavian name.

It is not as extreme here as it is in Finland, but it is certainly here too.  I would never say that Norwegians welcome you to their country with open arms.   I find that Norway is not a country where you are fully accepted if you are foreign, but that you are only tolerated.   

And if you look around in the cafes and on the streets, then you do not tend to see lots of happy locals (Friday nights excepted).   So I would not rate the locals as happy at all.   Again, it is not as bad here as it is in Finland, but it is not a happy place.

Yes, i am very happy in Norway! Good conditions at work (responsibility, co operation, trust and freedom), good life/work balance, great nature around me. Expensive, yes, but we have a good living standard anyway. Many skilled and caring professionals (teachers, child psychologists, doctors) for the family, and good colleagues. I sense more energy and drive here than in Sweden (previous home) and more optimism than in GB (my native country). I notice that Norwegian women seem comfortable and very adept at leading organizations. I don't have any plans to leave Norway in the near future.

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