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Norwegian business life means flat structure and little hierarchy. The main thing the international community points out when talking about the Norwegian culture is our unique work-life balance. You may have heard the term: You either work to live or live to work. Well, we work to enjoy life.

Updated : 3/20/2024

Employees are often included in making decisions and are used to speaking up and contributing in various circumstances. Remember to involve people in decisions and see yourself as the first among equals. It helps to see the flat structure and openness in Norway as a tool to achieve results and not a threat. 

Cooperation is highly valued and the basis for the “Norwegian model” is the cooperation between the Government, the employer federations and the employee organisations. At company level, cooperation between employers and employees, and between managers and subordinates, is vital. 

Gender equality is important in Norway, and women doing business in Norway will receive the same treatment as men. 

For information about work permits, visit Work in Norway.

Here are some key elements of Norwegian business culture: 

  • Flat structures and little hierarchy
  • Quick and informal communication 
  • Focus on cooperation 
  • Trust among people 
  • Empowered employees 
  • Balance of work and private life 
  • Gender equality 
  • Risk willingness