Living and working in Norway

Kahoot! HQ is located in Oslo, capital of Norway. We’re hiring talented new K!rew members from all over the globe – so maybe Norway will be your new home soon? Learn what it’s like to live and work in this awesome country and find practical tips on how to get started here!

International team

We’re a team of close to 60 now, representing more than 20 different nationalities! Some of them settled in Norway a while back, but for many of our team members, Kahoot! has become the first workplace away from their home countries – and it looks like they’re enjoying it here!

Group photo Kahoot!

Here’s what our team members say:

  • Mauricio Malo, Senior UX Designer, moved to Norway from Ecuador in summer 2018:

“There are many things I love about living in Norway: quality of life, safety, diversity and people, amazing nature, great public transportation system, and definitely the fact that pretty much everyone speaks English.

  • Wei Huang, Backend Developer, moved to Norway from China in spring 2018

“The best thing about Norway is the work-life balance: I feel the work I do is meaningful, and I also get enough free time to spend with my family. Other benefits I’d name are breathtaking views and convenient public transport.”

Why Norway

In addition to the legendary fjords and otherwise breathtaking nature, rich history, fantastic culture, and, of course, being home to Kahoot!, there are a few more reasons that make Norway an awesome place to live and work:

One of the happiest countries – it’s official!

For many years in a row, Norway has been named as one of the happiest countries in the world, according to the World Happiness Report.

Ranked among the safest countries, too

Norway ranked as the second safest country in the world according to Gallup’s Law and Order Index, a worldwide gauge of people’s sense of personal security and their personal experiences with crime and law enforcement.

Foreign workers have the same rights as Norwegian citizens

This includes, for example, parental leave policy, publicly funded healthcare, access to kindergartens and schools.

Flexible and generous parental leave policy

Speaking of parental leave – Norway traditionally tops ratings of countries with the best policies in this area. Parents can take a total of 49 weeks at full pay or 59 weeks at 80% pay. Both the mother and the father are entitled to 15 or 19 weeks each within that period, and they can split the rest of the leave as they wish.

Most Norwegians speak English fluently

Whether you’re doing your grocery shopping or filling out tax forms, you’ll easily get around with English. This is a huge advantage to make your first months in the country less stressful as you’re settling in. Let this not stop you from learning Norwegian though!

Fastest growing tech scene in Scandinavia

In 2018, the Nordic Web’s analysis of the development of Norway’s tech scene indicated that the country was on track for a new record year in terms of growth.

Best at nurturing talented workers

IMD World Talent Ranking 2018 placed Norway in top 3 countries that are best at attracting, developing and retaining highly skilled employees.

Working culture that stands out

Norwegian working culture is often praised for its flat structure, focus on empowering employees and good work-life balance. In most companies (including Kahoot!), the working week is 37.5 hours, and employees can take up to 5 weeks of paid vacation in a year.

How we’ll support you when you move

Settle in

We’ll assist you as you’re relocating and settling in, so that your first weeks in the new country are stress-free.

Learn

Snakker du norsk? 😉 Even though we speak English in the office, learning Norwegian is fun and very recommended! We offer subsidized Norwegian classes.

Make friends

Kahoot! has a friendly, diverse social environment. We meet after work, too – for example, for board game nights, so you’ll quickly get to know the team better!

Useful links:

  • New in Norway – practical information from public offices
  • UDI – everything about immigration to Norway
  • Finn.no – rent an apartment (+find tons of other practical things)
  • Skatteetaten – general information about taxes in Norway
  • VisitOslo – official travel guide to Oslo, all about activities and attractions