• 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. We'll show you what we can do to help you settle down in Agder easily and comfortably. 
    More info 
    Thursday, 3 August 9:30-10:30 @ 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 @ Unwrapped Butikkafé

  • 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! We're here to help you during our Drop-in service. 
    Thursdays: 10:00-13:00 @ Welcome Hub Agder, Torvgaten 7, Arendal

  • Norwegian courses

    Learn Norwegian! Our 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.  
    Find out more about our Norwegian courses or contact us.  

  • 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. 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 settle in and get comfortable. We think you’ll be here a while!

Contact us

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?

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

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. 



Sign up for our 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 available at beginners and intermediate levels and structured such that you will learn the language while also getting an insight into Norwegian culture and growing your social network. 

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

Thursdays 10:00-12:00 @ Unwrapped Butikkafé

Coffee Connections

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.

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What members of our community say

  • 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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