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Old Sep 25th 2014, 5:54 am
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I've just saw another thread takling the issue "are jobs for English speakers available in Scandinavia?".
I take this subject a step forward and I ask: what are the chances, for an immigrant, to be and remain competitive on the market?

Personally I know only two people who are working or had been working in Scandinavia for a long period of time.
The first is very young and despite being technically an immigrant she's been living in Norway since she was 13 - she's doing fine, she's got a great job and a good prospect of career progression.
The latter lived in Stockholm for 9 years before to find herself stuck in a Postdoc position from which there was no way out, despite her being highly qualified.

Any inputs on this matter? Is it so hard for a European immigrant to compete against native citizens in Scandinavia?
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Old Sep 28th 2014, 4:49 pm
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Honestly. You will find it very difficult. I have a masters degree a couple of diplomas and and VQ's coming out of my ears. I have to go abroad for work assignments. My Swedish is poor. If it was decent I think a lot more jobs would be available. Without the language forget it , unless of course you have been recruited into Sweden for a particular job where English is acceptable.
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Old Sep 28th 2014, 9:27 pm
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Thanks for your reply Mike. Honesty is what I am looking for

May I ask what field do you work in?
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Ugo. Surely much depends on what jobs you want. My son went to Norway ten years or so ago and found work easily enough in the construction business, where he didn't have to be able to read the lingo.
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Ugo. Surely much depends on what jobs you want. My son went to Norway ten years or so ago and found work easily enough in the construction business, where he didn't have to be able to read the lingo.
Thanks Gordon. I'm a researcher, my wife is an event manager.

In a way my position is more tricky than hers because we know that she needs to know the language since the very first day, while I could get away with English.

The problem, and main topic of this thread, is that I'm afraid to find myelf stuck after a number of years because the chances of progression are slim for non-Scandinavian.
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I am constantly amazed at Anglo-monoglots who expect to function without speaking the language. Cretins !
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I am constantly amazed at Anglo-monoglots who expect to function without speaking the language. Cretins !
I stuggle to understand how this rant fits in the discussion but, generally speaking, yes, you are right. Feeling better now?
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Vedammte Angelsachsen !
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