• Become a local with us

  • Coffee connections

    Come enjoy a cup of coffee and mingle at Welcome Hub. Meet other new-comers, exchange ideas and share tips.
    Thursdays 10:00-13:00 @ Unwrapped Butikkafé

  • After-work mixer

    Time for some fun! Come join us at our monthly evening mixer. 
    14 October 17:00 @ Unwrapped Butikkafé

  • Norwegian course

    Learn Norwegian! Our courses are designed to give you an initial taste of the Norwegian language and a sprinkling of Norwegian culture. New course starting in October.
    More info coming soon!

  • International baby group

    Have kids? Want to get out with your kids? And meet others and their kids? Speak some English, maybe?
    Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 @ Unwrapped Butikkafé

  • Drop-in

    Have any questions? Need advice on how best to move forward with issues related to settling in Agder? Simply drop-in.
    Thursdays 10:00-13:00 @ Unwrapped Butikkafé

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. We think you’ll be here for 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.
Register here

WHA events and programmes

Upcoming events

Want to buy a house, learn about the Norwegian pension system or how to forage for mushrooms? Or perhaps you'd like to 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. 



Norwegian courses

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 you'll get an insight into Norwegian culture in the company of others who are also new in Norway. 

Learn Norwegian

Coffee Connections

Fancy meeting people and making new friends over a good cup of coffee? Then Coffee Connections may just be what you're looking for. 

At the same, our friendly staff are available to answer any question you may have about your move to Norway - it's all part of our Drop-in service.  

Thursdays 10:00-13:00 @ Unwrapped Butikkafé

Coffee Connections

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July 1, 2022
Agderposten: Går sammen for å hjelpe: – De gråter over vanskene

Går sammen for å hjelpe: – De gråter over vanskene
Kommunen og privat næringsliv har gått sammen i Welcome hub for å bli bedre på å ta imot og integrere dem som flytter til Arendal.

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March 24, 2022
Press release: WHA established

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 county of Agder, which is growing rapidly due to the development of The Battery Coast, bringing challenges in terms of attracting expertise from all over […]

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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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