Welcome Hub Agder 

Welcome Hub Agder connects new residents with everything they need to “become a local!” in Arendal and Agder.

So let us help you get comfortable. Get in touch with us if you do not find the info you need on our website. 

Become a local with us

Events and courses to attend

  • Edible Flowers 

    Our resident foraging expert, Roberta Dahl, is back again and this time she’ll take us on a sensory adventure foraging for edible flowers. Start garnishing salads with vibrant petals, infusing beverages with floral notes, or creating stunning desserts adorned with edible blooms. There are limited spots, registration required. 

    Saturday, 22nd June 10:00-13:00
    Sam Eyde High School 

  • Welcome to Agder 

    Welcome to Agder is a meeting held on the first Thursday of every month where we get to know you and you get to know us. So if you've moved to Norway for a job or you're an accompanying spouse, come get acquainted with us. Let us show you what we can do to help you settle down in Agder easily and comfortably. 

    Thursday, 13th June 9:30-11:00
    Welcome Hub Agder, Torvgaten 7, Arendal

  • Coffee Connections

    Coffee Connections is the go to if you're new in Agder and would like to connect with people, exchange ideas and share tips on the everyday challenges of living in a new country.

    Thursdays, 10:00-12:00
    Poléoland, Torvgaten 7, Arendal 

  • Volunteer Drop-in & Workshop

    Joining a volunteer group is more than just signing up; it's about embracing a community, and making a tangible difference. Come to our weekly volunteer meeting where we'll gather to discuss our upcoming projects, share ideas, and strengthen our community. Be part of a movement dedicated to positive change. 

    Thursdays, 12:00-13:00
    Welcome Hub Agder, Torvgaten 7, Arendal 

  • Drop-in

    Have any questions? Need advice on how best to move forward with issues related to settling in Agder and getting a job? We've got your back! Contact us to let us know you'll be coming over. We'd love to meet and help you.

    Thursdays, 10:00-13:00
    Welcome Hub Agder, Torvgaten 7, Arendal

  • Open Mic Night

    Whether you're a musician, singer, stand-up comedian or have any other talents, this is a unique platform that you can be part of to showcase your talent in front of a live audience. This event is free to attend.

    Saturday, 15th June 19:00-22:00
    2nd floor, Teaterplassen 1, Steenhuset Restaurant, Arendal

  • Compassion & Hope in a world with increasing conflict, suffering & injustice

    Revered Buddhist teacher, scholar and humanitarian, Gesha Pema Dorjee is back in Arendal to share his insights about compassion and hope; tolerance; and community building. 
    Sunday, 23rd June 14:00-17:00
    Nedre Gartavei 110, Eydehavn
    Admission: NOK 200,- includes Thai buffet 

  • Tolerance: the road to respect and acceptance

    Revered Buddhist teacher, scholar and humanitarian, Gesha Pema Dorjee is back in Arendal to share his insights about compassion and hope; tolerance; and community building. 
    Monday, 24th June 18:00-20:30
    Human-Etisk Forbund, Teaterplassen 3, Arendal
    Admission: NOK 200,- includes snacks & beverages

  • Community building: The road from exclusion to inclusion

    Revered Buddhist teacher, scholar and humanitarian, Gesha Pema Dorjee is back in Arendal to share his insights about compassion and hope; tolerance; and community building. 
    Tuesday, 25th June 18:00-20:30
    Welcome Hub Agder, Torvgaten 7, Arendal
    Admission: NOK 200,- includes snacks and beverages

  • Learn Norwegian - new course in August

    Our Norwegian courses are designed to give you an initial taste of the Norwegian language, a sprinkling of Norwegian culture and an opportunity to grow your social network. Our courses fill up fast. Secure a spot now to avoid disappointment!

    Find out more about our Norwegian courses or contact us.  

  • Talent Hub Drop-in

    Our Talent Hub Intro & Drop-In session is a monthly meeting for newcomers held on the third Thursday of every month. Here, newcomers are introduced to our Talent Hub programme and can sign-up to work with a specialist who can help them with their job search process. A Drop-In hour will follow this session and everyone is welcome to attend. 

    Thursday, 20th June 13:00-15:00
    Welcome Hub Agder, Torvgaten 7, Arendal

  • Talent Hub Seminars

    At our Talent Hub seminars, our trusted pool of experts will present a new career related topic each week that is aimed at fast tracking your job search process. Get the latest info on the next session on Facebook.

    Thursdays (Back in August) 
    Welcome Hub Agder, Torvgaten 7, Arendal

Become a Welcome Hub Agder member now!

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Join the WHA network of organisations

Are you a service provider? A volunteer organisation? A special interest or non-profit organisation? Would you like to reach out to newcomers in Arendal and Agder? Then be part of WHA's network. Together we can work to connect newcomers in the area to services, events, networking opportunities and the information they need to navigate the Norwegian system. 

Register here

What members of our community say

  • I wish there was a “Welcome Hub” when I first came to Arendal. By participating in the Job Start Course I gained a lot of important information about the process of finding a job in Norway and about understanding the Norwegian culture, and this boosted my confidence. I liked that it was an interactive course and not just speeches with general advice. It was very interesting to meet people of different backgrounds.


    Moved to Arendal from Greece in 2019
    As a participant in the Job Start Agder course, I've experienced firsthand the invaluable insights they offer into Norway's work environment. In just a short duration, they impart knowledge that might otherwise take months to acquire. Welcome Hub Agder serves as the crucial bridge between employees and employers, facilitating connections and providing essential guidance for navigating the professional landscape effectively.


    Moved to Grimstad from Afghanistan in 2022
  • Attending the Job Start Agder course was great. We got useful information about Norwegian culture at work, what employers here expect, which will help us fit in better. Speakers from different fields shared valuable information with us and were always happy to answer our questions (and we had many questions!). I believe everyone who attends this course will find something useful and helpful for their life in Norway.


    Moved to Arendal from Sweden in 2023
    Welcome Hub has transformed my perspective on Norwegian work culture and the recruitment process. Through their Job Start Agder Course, I have acquired the skills, confidence, and invaluable insights into Norwegian corporate culture, which have prepared me for success in today's competitive job market.


    Moved to Arendal from South Korea in 2020
  • The first event I attended that was organised by WHA was a presentation on how to buy a house in Norway. Since then, I try to participate in as many events as possible because all of them help my family and I to learn more about the local community and meet new people to build lasting relationships. WHA opened the door for us to integrate into society. We are happy!


    Moved to Arendal from Hungary in 2022
    Welcome Hub always has a backup plan for you and it surprises you with fun and innovative ideas. From mushroom courses to Norwegian courses and sports activities, I keep on learning and connecting with people that share the same passions and have compelling stories to tell and inspire.


    Moved to Arendal from Greece in 2022
  • Welcome Hub has been a beacon of hope for me, as I adapt to a life in Norway. The team at WHA support, encourage and guide with unconditional love and kindness. Through the WHA initiative I have established strong roots and lasting friendships, and I am honored to be part of this generous community.


    Moved to Arendal from Israel in 2022
    Welcome Hub has become an important part of my life. Coffee Connections on Thursdays has become a time in the week where I meet new people, share experiences and ask questions related to life in Norway. The WHA team is passionate about 'making you feel welcome'.


    Moved to Arendal from the Netherlands in 2022
Welcome Hub Agder is a programme operated by Inklusiv Agder AS in collaboration with the Arendal Municipality, as an integrated part of the community to welcome international talent and their families to Arendal and Agder.
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