No matter the industry or occupation, most people in Norway
tend to work about 37-40 hours a week and their workday beings Monday at about 8:30-9:30.
A 7-8 hour day is common and few people work on the weekends unless they're
in the services industry and even then hours are often limited on the weekends.
The pay in Norway is very high, in fact it's one of the highest in the world
as the GDP per capita is between $53,000-60,000 a year. However food is expensive,
transportation is expensive, housing is expensive, and taxes are between 30-35%,
which helps pay for the many social programs Norway has, including free education
and healthcare. Once these expenses are paid, the Norwegians live a comfortable,
but not a wealthy lifestyle.
Most evenings are spent at home with family as many shops close at 5:00 pm. This
same schedule shifts to the weekends as shops are open only until early Saturday
afternoon in most locations and many places are closed on Sundays. However the weekends
are also usually filled with any number of activities. The Norwegians
love sports, outdoor activities, and just experiencing nature and most people would
prefer to spend the day hiking, canoeing, skiing, playing handball, or swimming
than shopping. When the weather is nice, the people like to get outside as the parks
fill up with locals enjoying the outdoors as others get away for the weekend to
relax on a beach or enjoy the scenery Norway has to offer.
Despite the Norwegians' love for the outdoors, they also love concerts, parties,
dinners, dancing, movies, and numerous other forms of entertainment. During the
summer months the country hosts a huge number of international musicians who fill
large concert halls and outdoor venues. During the winter months a night at a bar
with friends or checking out a new movie (Norwegian or otherwise) is not uncommon.
In many ways, the Norwegians are no different than anyone
else in this world. They work to enjoy life as family, friends, nature, and entertainment
always seem to take precedence over work and earning more money, although they work
hard to enjoy this lifestyle. Despite this, there is little arrogance or acts of
superiority as they tend to believe they must earn that which they gain and this
hard work has created a people who are modest, realistic, and focused on their communities
over the tiny role each individual holds in the greater world as a whole.