• 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 @ Welcome Hub Cafe, 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

  • Talent Hub Thursdays 

    At our Talent Hub Thursday meetings, 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 and our events page
    Date: Thursday, 29th February 13:00-15:00 @ Welcome Hub Agder, Torvgaten 7, Arendal

  • Learn Norwegian - new courses in Spring

    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 Intro & 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. More info
    Date: Thursday, 21st March 13:00-15:00 @ Welcome Hub Agder, Torvgaten 7, Arendal

  • 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. 
    More info 
    Thursday, 7th March 9:30-10:30 @ Welcome Hub Agder, Torvgaten 7, Arendal

  • Become a local with us

Welcome Hub Agder (WHA)

Welcome Hub Agder connects new residents with everything they need to “become a local!” in Arendal and Agder. Funded by local businesses, service organisations and local municipalities, WHA is positioned as an integrated part of the community with over 100+ network organisations - together we provide information activities, networking opportunities and support with the Norwegian system to those that need it most.

The network behind WHA understands that moving here impacts the whole family, and this important life transition should be exciting and positive. So let us help you get comfortable. Get in touch with us. We think you’ll be here for a while!

WHA programmes and courses

Career support programme: Talent Hub Agder

Finding a job is hard work regardless of where you are from and so getting in touch with the right resources to support your journey is key. This is where 'Talent Hub Agder' (THA) comes in.

THA is a carefully selected pool of resources provided by private and public organisations, aimed at helping you to enter the Norwegian job market faster and motivating you to stay in the region in the long term.

Both job seekers and employers can benefit from the monthly meetings, courses, programmes, and talent database that THA offers.

Learn Norwegian - New courses coming in Spring 

Welcome Hub Agder, in collaboration with the Arendal Adult Learning Center has put together Norwegian courses for those eager to learn the language.

The courses are designed for beginners and those who are at an intermediate level. You'll get an insight into Norwegian culture and learn a new language in the company of others who are also new in Norway.

More info

Become a Welcome Hub Agder member now!

Sign up to become a WHA member and be the first to receive our newsletter and other information about our upcoming events, networking opportunities and other cultural events that are taking place in English.

Follow us on Facebook to get information about our upcoming events and networking opportunities.

Follow WHA on Facebook

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

  • 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.

    ANNE KURUS

    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.

    PARTHESH GAIKWAD

    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!

    TAMAS POCZE

    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.

    GIOTA KOUTMA

    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.

    ANAT DAGAN 

    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'.

    LIANNE HUISINTVELD

    Moved to Arendal from the Netherlands in 2022
Welcome Hub Agder was founded by Impact Hub and the Arendal Municipality, with support from Agder County Municipality, as an integrated part of the community to welcome international talent and their families to Arendal and Agder.
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