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So I get this question a lot from people that are knew to Norway. I meet these people in Fridays of course and its hard for them to know.  The questions I get are: “Is the tips included?” and “How much is it common to give in tips?”

This is my way of trying to answer this. And I answer this based on my own experiences from working in the restaurant business.

In Norway compared to a lot of other countries, we have quite a high hourly rate. As we speak I make 140 NOK an hour on a weekday. I get extra when its weekends,evenings, nights and red days. At this point in time this equals: Euro 18,50  USDollar 23,20  British Pound: 14,80.
So based on that, if I work full time, which is about 150 hours a month, I get at least (not couinting extras!) 21000 NOK. Lets convert that again shall we, E:2774  D:3481  P:2223.
So this is what a Norwegain would make without any tips, every month (if they work full time that is, and if you dont count the taxes!).

If we do included taxes in this.  We do have high taxes in Norway. With this kind of income I would say I would have to give roughly 25% to the state in taxes. That leaves me with 15750 NOK left (E:2080 D:2611 P:1667) This of course depends on a lot of stuff and is only meant as an example.

Norway is expensieve to live in. This is another factor. Everything here cost more. But Im not saying everything costs that much more than what we are making compared to other countries. Lets take an example. From one hour i can probably get 2 beers in Oslo. I could get half a pizza in a reastaurant. I could buy a latte 3-4 coffe lattes. I could go to the movies, once or I could fill 9 liters of gaz in my car. Its not much, but you do get something.

So, what does this mean? Well it means we actually get paid pretty well for our work. We are hired to work, give you service, which includes: smiling, helping, answer your questions, make things go smooth.. etc. We are suppose to make you feel welcome, seen and heard. We are suppose to give you a smile and be nice and wish you a good evening when you leave. So this should come naturally, shouldnt it? Usually this is where the tips comes in.

You give tips if you are very satisfied. It is not something you have to do. It is not something everyone does. But you do have the posibility to give something extra to your waitor. But as the last paragraph said, we are paid to give you sercive and you shouldnt have to pay us extra because we took your order and gave you the correct food. This we should be able to manage anyway. So what I would say, give tips if you are very satisfied, with very being in bold letters.

From my expreience, I can see the difference in my tips from my mood. If I had a very good day, the guests were nice, nothing bad or unexpected happened and If i felt that I got time for my guests, I usually see it in my tips at the end of the night. If I had a bad day, I was stressed, Things didnt work out, I forgot something, I just didnt do my best, uasually the guests noticed and I see it in my tips.

So basically, its not expected of you like it is in many countries. There is no 10 % minimum tip. I will not be sad or dissapointed if you had your burger and your beer and you paid me the exact amount and left. I will not ask you why you didnt tip me. I will appreciate the tips if you do give it, I will say thank you very much and tell you how kind you are. I will feel like I did a great job. But this is only natural, wouldnt anyone be a little happier everytime they make a little more money? ^^

I hope this answered some of your questions. And please comment or ask me questions about this if you want me to elaborate on anything!

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Please help me

I keep getting these mails, saying people subscribes to this blog. I guess you are all hopeful I will post something of worth. But I am really really bad at updating this blog, and I think I have finally figured out why.


 I don’t know what you guys want to hear about. 


That’s it. Simply. I really can’t understand why you are interested in the little tiny country called Norway. Why you find my language and culture interesting. For me, it is simply the way of life. And I really don’t know what about my everyday -life that is interesting to you. And it would be greatly appreciated if you would inform me of this.


I have a few guidelines for you though. I don’t know anything about:

  • How to get you to Norway. 
  • How to get you a job or where to start.
  • Books, cd’s or dvd’s to teach you Norwegian. 
  • Anything VERY political. 
  • Or VERY economical. 


So that’s a start. I know mostly thing I have experienced ^^ haha. But really I don’t know what you don’t know… If you know what I mean? So give it a go in the comments and I will try once again to be more active with this blog, since you subscribers keep coming ^^



 ❤ Karin

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A green Oslo

From this year Oslo has tried to make Oslo greener. It is a big project and soon all the houses are doing it.
It’s tricky in a big city with little space and many people to find a solution that works, but I think they did a great job.

What we do, all food and all plastic are being sorted in green and blue bags and put in the trash where you put your leftovers, and it all gets sorted at the trash-place!

You get the blue and green bags for free at your local grocery store and just throw your trash where you usually do. This way Oslo don’t have to put out tens of thousands of new trashcans and everyone is happy!

I have to let you know we already sort metal and glass, paper, cardboard and drinking cartons! This is just to add to that!


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Some of you wanted to know how much snow was left here in Norway! I can ofcourse just talk for where I live!

This is the snow that’s left outside my door and window!

(Noen av dere ville vite hvor mye snø det var igjen i Norge! Jeg kan selvfølgelig bare snakke for hvor jeg bor!

Dette er snøen som er igjen utenfor døren min og vinduet!)

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Norwegian “Fashion”

These past months there’s a new trend in Norway. It started a few months before christmas, and has really expanded ALOT since then.  I will just show you, it’s called a One-Piece:

They look ugly, huh? ^^
Well, it’s what everyone has, and if your living in a place with alot of tourism, you might have seen a norwegian walking around in one of these. Me personally wont walk in public with this, without a jacket (atleast now.. i might after a while.. ^^). I’ve actually seen a norwegian walkin in Oxfordstreet with a grey Onepiece with a norwegian flag on it ^^

Who: They are huge among bloggers, teenage girls, well, that was the beginning, now everyone has them. Because the Norwegian Blog Princess (Her name is Voe), she advertizes alot for this product and has alot of them. And therefore everyone wants them. Everyone wants to buy, and everyone wants to sell. So there is not only this brand, Onepiece, there are sold everywhere now, mostly online.

Price: They are expencieve. From 1000-1500 was the first once. Now cheaper stores have begun selling them for about 600… But the mostselling brand is above 1000 NOK. Thats alot, but everyone is willing to pay.

Dont I look cute tough? ^^

(Places that sell the pieces: Onepiece, heltdress, illusions, theres probably more, but these are the once that advertize well^^)

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I’ve read the most amazing book! I never though I’d ever get out of my Fantasy-Mania, but I did it (well, probably not for long…). It’s the greatest love story, about loss, love, longing, waiting, and of course time traveling. It’s a really great combination. And even though it’s fiction, you read it and believe it and fall totally in love with the book.

I though the time traveling would be hard to follow, and the dates, and the ages and times, but it’s not hard at att. Because the great Audrey Niffenegger has it all worked out and well organized. You never forget where you are in time.

It’s out in the movies now, but please, read the book first! You will not regret it.

Have you read The Notebook? Seen The Lake House? Did you enjoy it? Then this is the book for you! It’s wonderful!

Thank you Kristin for the tip 🙂

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New York

Yesterday i ordered a trip to New York. I have never been to New York, I’ve never even been in the US. So this will be really exciting!

I’m going to be away for a week. It’s not until May 29th, but it’s worth the wait. I can save money that way. Haha. I’ve heard with some of my friends that has been there this year, to know how much to excpect to use… its A LOT.

So now i was wondering if I could get some help from my readers. Have you been to NY? Have any great/cheap places to stay? What do i HAVE to do? Well, anything I should know? I could really use this help!

Wow, I really can’t wait now. Haha. I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS!

And btw, I also got a flight that doesn’t stop in Amsterdam, how awesome is that? Direct flight, Norway  – New York. Haha! YEY!

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