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Iceland is the new Sweden?

After posting on its homepage that it would have a stand at an upcoming job fair in Reykjavik, the western state of Sogn og Fjordane has been flooded with calls and emails for Icelandic job seekers. 

Although the slowdown in the economy has also hit Norway, there is still a shortage of engineers and health workers in this country.

A recent survey showed that every third Icelander wants to leave Iceland to find work in another country.

These two facts indicate that Norway will likely receive a bunch of Icelandic workers.  Before the financial crisis, Iceland’s cost of living was as high as Norway’s, so it didn’t make sense for an Icelandic person to come here to work.  With the Icelandic Króna down over 50%, however, that is no longer the case. 

Just as Swedish workers are infamous for taking temporary jobs in the service industries in eastern Norway (because of Norway’s higher pay), Icelandic workers might soon be infamous in western Norway.  So your next Norway in a Nutshell tour might soon have an Icelandic ticket taker and captain.  Just an excuse to brush up on your Old Norse.

Side note–At least the Icelandic workers won’t have trouble adjusting to the Norwegian flag.

It’s good to be a woman in Norway

Or at least it’s not as bad as it is in other countries.

 

Norway (1) leads the world in closing the gender gap between men and women, according to the overall ranking in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2008.

The Report measures the size of the gender gap in four critical areas of inequality between men and women:
1) Economic participation and opportunity – outcomes on salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment
2) Educational attainment – outcomes on access to basic and higher-level education
3) Political empowerment – outcomes on representation in decision-making structures
4) Health and survival – outcomes on life expectancy and sex ratio

According to the report, Norway has closed over 82% of the gender gap between men and women.  In other words, I still can be 18% thankful that I’m a man in Norway.

In regional news, Norway was once again able to stick it to its Nordic neighbors, as Finland, Sweden, and Iceland rounded out the top 4.  Denmark lagged behind in 7th.  At the other end of the spectrum, Yemen continued its aggressive affirmative action program for men.

My own country improved to 27th this year.  Thanks Sarah Palin!

Happy day!

As I was walking past a Deli de Luca today, I noticed a sign out front that said, “Ben & Jerry’s: Endeldig i Norge,” which translates to “Ben & Jerry’s: Finally in Norway.”

Ice cream is my favorite dessert and Ben & Jerry’s is my favorite ice cream.  Needless to say, I darted in and picked up a pint of this guy:

They could have charged me 200 NOK and I wouldn’t have complained (actual price: 59 NOK).

It’s funny, just last week I was wondering about Ben & Jerry’s and I checked their website:

  • Sweden.  Check.
  • Denmark.  Check.
  • Finland.  Check.
  • Iceland.  Check.
  • Norway.  Nope.

I remember wondering if Norway some how lost the Nordic ice cream lottery.  I mean, Iceland?  Really?  Iceland doesn’t even have a fully paved interstate!

All is good now though…even if they don’t know how to name the flavor properly. 

Norway 2 – 2 Iceland

I love soccer (if you are so inclined, please read “football” every time I use the word “soccer”).  I moved to Norway.  I would really like for Norway’s national team to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.  That being said, Saturday’s result was not good for Norway’s chances. 

The 5 teams in Group 9 vying for the automatic bid that comes with first place are (FIFA ranking in parentheses):

  • The Netherlands (4)
  • Scotland (16)
  • Norway (34)
  • Macedonia (56)
  • Iceland (107)

As you can see, even before the first match, Norway faced an uphill battle, having to upset both the Netherlands and Scotland.  Unfortunately this task just became a lot harder with the tie…at home…to the worst team in the group.

Head Coach Åge Hareide, however, vowed not to quit.  In spite of this resolve, Aftenposten noted that most commentators called the result “embarrassing at best.”

In other words, don’t book those chartered flights to South Africa quite yet.