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Transcript of OSLO, Norway
Norway declares its independence from Sweden
1940 to 1945 -
German forces invade Norway and occupy the country until
- Norway joins NATO
- Norway is a founding member of EFTA
- Oil and gas are discovered in the North Sea
- Norwegians vote against joining EU
- Norway signs the free trade agreement with the EEC
- Norwegians vote against joining the EU
- Winter Olympics are held in Lillehammer
- The Langeled Pipline Project was completed
Norway is a constitutional monarchy governed under the constitution of 1814. The hereditary monarch, or king, is head of state. The prime minister, who is the head of the government, is appointed by the monarch with the approval of Parliament. Members of the 169-seat Storting (Parliament) are elected to four-year terms. Norway is divided into 19 counties.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Geographic Location & Features
Education is mandatory for all children from ages 6 to 16. Education is guaranteed by the Norwegian state and therefore free pubic schools are available.
Oslo is located on the Aker River, on the northern end of Oslo Fjord in southeastern Norway.
Oslo usually experiences nice, warm summers with average high temperatures of 66–75 °F and lows of around 54 °F.
Winters are not so nice, with temperatures ranging between 19 °F up to 30 °F.
Relevant Employment Laws & Practices
As of January 2014, Oslo has a population of 634,463
No regulation on minimum wage
Normal working hours must not exceed nine hours per 24 hours and 40 hours per seven days
Under the Holidays Act, employees are entitled to a minimum annual holiday of 25 workdays
Discrimination on any of the following grounds is unlawful:
Sex/gender, Race, Political views, Membership of a trade union, Sexual orientation, Disability, Age, Employees that work on a temporary or part-time basis.
The monitoring of employees' e-mails, computer files, and all types of control measures aimed at monitoring employees are regulated by Chapter 9 of the WEA and the Data Protection Act (DPA)
Adult literacy rate is 92.7%
More than 42,100 graduations were completed in Norwegian higher education institutions in the academic year of 2012-2013. Women accounted for 63% at the undergraduate level and 58% at the graduate level. 54% of degrees were completed at undergraduate level in the age group of 19-24. At the graduate level, about half were in the age group 25-29 years.
Our parent country is the United States.
The United States was slightly higher in the areas of Power Distance, Individualism, and Indulgence. Norway’s citizens are independent, hierarchy is only for convenience and they are individualistic. The United States was significantly higher on the Masculinity dimension. The US was 62 and Norway was only 8, which makes them the second most feminine society in the world.
Finally, their scores were slightly higher in the areas of Uncertainty Avoidance and Pragmatism. Norway scored a 50 and therefore did not show a preference for Uncertainly Avoidance but are more normative than pragmatic.
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Oslo, Norway » City Info » Geography. (2015, January 1). Retrieved February 8, 2015, from http://www.oslo.com/v/geography/
Parliament of Norway Building
Currency & Cost of Living
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