Norway probably boasts one of the most gender-equal economies in the world and is often mentioned as a model and inspiration for other countries.

Norway was the first country in the world to appoint a Gender Equality Ombudsman back in the 1980s and a great deal of legislation has been passed to ensure equal representation and pay for women in both state-run and private business. Although Norwegians would probably argue that even more work needs to be done to ensure further progress towards complete gender equality, not many countries are anywhere near as advanced as they are.

Therefore, foreign business women should face no gender bias whatsoever and can be assured that they will be judged solely on their professional competence.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Norway

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Norway. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Norway and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips