A big thank you to everyone who collaborated with us, and attended our very first Welcome to Southern Norway Day. We hope you found it informative and gained useful connections with others in our community. We appreciate your support and can’t wait to bring you another exciting fair next year!

Welcome Hub Agder is proud to bring you Welcome to Southern Norway Day together with its fellow organisers, Agder County Municipality, With a Heart for Arendal, Arendal Municipality and Arendal Adult Learning Centre.

The fair will showcase everything you need to know in order to settle comfortably and be happy in Norway. It will feature talks by several speakers from both the private and public sectors, and activities for both international newcomers and locals alike. It's also FREE to attend.

See our programme below to find out where and when the different events will take place. We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome Hub Agder - Finding a career 

Address: Torvgaten 7, Arendal


Synopsis: Høye Høyesen shares his insight into what it takes to help internationals to thrive in Norway and also how to enter the Norwegian job market. 

Synopsis: A great profile on LinkedIn is very helpful when applying for jobs or just building a network, but building a great profile can be hard. In this presentation, we give you six easy tips for building a great profile.

Synopsis: Intentional or not, illegal working conditions are far too common, especially among people new to Norway. As an employee it is important to know your rights and obligations, and what to do if you suspect something is wrong.

Synopsis: Getting a job in Norway can be more difficult if you have a foreign last name. Recent examples have shown that people are starting to change their names to avoid discrimination. That's something we have to talk about!

Synopsis: Are you new in Norway with higher education but experiencing some challenges with finding a relevant job? Sammen om en jobb invites you to discuss the challenges immigrants with higher education face in the Norwegian job market, and how our mentor programme can help with such challenges.

Synopsis: Interested in learning more about international education in Arendal? Arendal International School (AIS) is an International Baccalaureate School, offering an international curriculum to students from all over the world. AIS provides a globalised education to young people which is relevant, engaging and challenging, giving students the skills to allow them to succeed in the future.

Arendal Library - Tips and information about life in Norway

Address: Torvet 6, Arendal


Synopsis: Internationals working in Norway are required to pay taxes. What do you need to do and many other questions are answered at this talk.

Synopsis:What is so special about the Norwegian concept “dugnad” and volunteering? Is it so special compared to other cultures?

Synopsis: The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a 2-year upper-secondary education. The programme is taught in English and offers a challenging academic curriculum that is internationally recognised for its excellence.

Synopsis: Moving to a new place is cool and exciting, but making new friends as an adult can feel a bit awkward. Learn what it's like to make friends in Norway  

Synopsis: Internationals working in Norway are required to pay taxes. What do you need to do and many other questions are answered at this talk.

Synopsis: What is important to know when buying a home. We look at both the purchase process and different types of ownership.

Synopsis: In order to get a bank loan for a house in Norway a relationship with a bank may need to be established. What is generally required, how much time does this usually take and what does a typical loan process look like, will be covered in this presentation by Sparebanken Sør.

Streetfood Arendal - Leisure activities

Address: Strandgaten 1, Arendal


Synopsis: An introduction to Raet National Park situated just outside Arendal, Grimstad and Tvedestrand. With an area of 607 km2, it's the largest marine national park in Norway, and protects geology, marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

Synopsis: Norsk Folkehjelp Arendal demonstrates what it teaches its crew and young people in order to save lives and help people in vulnerable situations.

Synopsis: Amina talks about her own experience in worklife, and how it is to not be included in social arenas. She will also share some tips and what she has learnt from her experiences. 

Synopsis: The joy of dancing

Synopsis: TEDxArendal has been around for 10 years. Almost 100 volunteers gather each year to create the awesome event that has now reached over 12 million people around the globe.

Synopsis: Fun exercises that everyone between the ages of 16-70 and who are fully or partially unemployed, can enjoy. 

Synopsis: DNT is Norway's largest outdoor organisation. Anne will give a presentation on DNT's trails, cabins and activities all over Norway, how you can experience the most beautiful nature in the world and how you can get involved as a volunteer!

Synopsis: A humanist fellowship - believing in a life before death.

Synopsis: Come join Lorna on her journey from New Zealand to Norway, as she reflects on the wild adventure of integrating into Norwegian community and society.


Address: Torvet (Main Square), Arendal


Synopsis: Norsk Folkehjelp Arendal demonstrates what it teaches its crew and young people in order to save lives and help people in vulnerable situations.

Synopsis: The Grane club offers sports activities for boys and girls of all ages, with a focus on Joy – Development – Security – Diversity – Community. At this fair, the Arendal Grane Girls Soccer team and their beloved mascot Grane would like to meet you and your family to share all the exciting activities that their club organises. Stop by and say hi, or support the integration and inclusion work they do by purchasing cake or other food at their stand. 

Synopsis: Join Anne for a guided tour of Arendal. Learn about the history of our city and see the various sites from a new perspective. Only 20 spots are available so head to the big fountain at Torvet and let Anne know that you'd like to join. 

Synopsis: Go on a short walk along the Kyststi and Arendal Byløypa. Participants get to decide on the duration of the walk - anything from 30 to 60 minutes. 


Last modified 22 September 2023
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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