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Welcome Hub Agder (WHA)

Welcome Hub 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. We think you’ll be here a while!

Are you new to the region?

WHA is an information, networking, and service-center for newcomers in Agder and their families. The Welcome Hub Network 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. We think you’ll be here a while!

Employing international talent?

WHA offers specific services to your international talent, making their transition to Norway easier. Once they arrive, our goal is to help the whole family thrive so they remain in the region for the length of their contract – or better yet are inspired to stay  longer! This means focusing on the accompanying spouse and ensuring connection with vital social networks outside of the workplace.

Want to join the WHA network of organisations?

WHA connects newcomers in the area with events, networking opportunities and the information they need to navigate the Norwegian system. The WHA network includes service providers, volunteer organisations, special interest organisations as well as non-profits.
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WHA events and programmes

Upcoming WHA events

There’s more to see than a desk in Southern Norway, and there is a lot to learn about how to settle here comfortably.

Want to buy a house, learn about the Norwegian pension system, start your own business, understand how to get a driver's license or just meet other people, foreigners and Norwegians alike? Then our informational events and social gatherings are perfect for you. 

 

Events

Ambassador network

New to Agder and not familiar with your new surroundings? Wouldn't it be nice if you could have someone show you around or help you get aquainted with interesting people?

That is exactly what our ambassador network is all about. Our ambassadors will connect you with both established citizens and new ones. They will inspire, support and guide you, easing your integration and increasing your satisfaction with Arendal and Agder.

 

Job-start programmes

The Job-Start program is a readiness support programme aiming to inspire and share experiences on how to find employment for accompanying spouses/partners.  

The program is a collaboration with local recruitment agencies to provide tools such as writing a Norwegian-style CV and interviewing skills, to increase your chances of finding a job.

Drop on by! Torvgaten 7 in Arendal

Drop-in is an opportunity to get support and meet a friendly face. As a Welcome Hub, we also have a Welcome Center located in the heart of Arendal at Torvgaten 7 (inside Unwrapped Butikkafé).

Come on over for a cup of coffee and a chat!

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Signing up for our newsletter allows you to get information about our upcoming events, informational evenings, and networking opportunities.

We also share relevant cultural events that are taking place in English.

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March 24, 2022
Press release: WHA launched

Become a local with us Welcome Hub Agder (WHA) was created following the establishment of a groundbreaking battery factory in Arendal municipality in 2021.  Arendal municipality is located in the […]

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Welcome Hub Agder was founded by Impact Hub, Arendal Municipality and Arendal Chamber of Commerce as an integrated part of the community to welcome international talent and their families to Arendal and Agder.

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