How can you live and work with Vikings? In this podcast, we explore how expats manage life, when working and living in the Nordic countries. Through a mix of interviews and facts, we collect valuable advice on how to live and work in the Nordics.
The podcast is made by journalist Kirsten Weiss and produced by Nicolai Zwinge. Living with Vikings is made in partnership with The Nordic Council of Ministers.
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Family life in the Nordics
How do you manage family life, when working in the Nordic countries as an expat? The Nordic countries have the highest proportion in Europe of companies that offer flexible working time. So how are children brought up? How do families manage with both parents having full time jobs? Why do children go to kindergartens in the woods? And why is being in eye level with even small children considered important? In other words: What is the Nordic ideal of a good and secure childhood? We help you understand the family values in the Nordic countries.
Laughing with Vikings
In the Nordic countries there is a quite coarse humor, and the tone can often be very direct. So how do you manage this as an expat. This episode focus on social conventions. We explore the direct approach and “Straight talking”. And we talk to expats about why "not beating about the bush" is considered positive. The high amount of trust is the foundation for the Nordic irony and the jokes where people play themselves down and make fun of others.
So how do you manage these social conventions as an expat?
Working with Vikings
How do you manage worklife in the Nordic countries as an expat. This episode explore the workplace, and we take a look at the written and unwritten rules in a Nordic organization or company. How do you deal with the flat structure of the organizations? What is the role of the manager? And why are you expected to share even your brightest ideas with others and make decisions of your own?
We help you to understand how you can work with Vikings.