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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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Vigelandsparken

I have said too much when people have asked me, that I don’t think Oslo is pretty. And I’ve always thought that Oslo was an ugly city that I never wanted to live in. I never understood why people would come here to visit! Until now.

I just moved to Oslo, 2 weeks ago. (I’ve lived outside of Oslo my entire life). It’s not until now, when I take the busses and trams in Oslo that I really get to see everything and how beautiful it really is.

This Friday, our last school assignment was to go to Vigelandsparken, to look at ALL the statues. We were going to take our time, and really look at it all and see how it was all created. The park, the statues, the surroundings. I WAS STARSTRUCK. Everything was so beautiful and i simply loved it. So if you are going to Oslo, please stop by Vigelandsparken/frognerparken!

Press the picture to see more photos!

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Russ

Walked passed some russ today! And thought I’d share it with you!

Russ in Norway can theoretically do what they want, where they want and how they want. When they are wearing their russ-pants ^^ nothing is unexpected!

These guys let me take their picture when they were hanging out on the floor in the main train station in Oslo! I didn’t ask them why!

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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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In coffeeshops in Norway, you will have a lot of options. Its not only the regular black coffee, the latte and the cappuchino available for you. Oh no.

Like starbucks and problably many other coffeshops there are syrup available in different flavor, caramel, hazelnut and vanilla are the most common once, including mocha ofcourse.

Well, in shops in Norway you might get a lot bigger varieties of syrups, in a lot of different flavour, which you can add to your preferably latte, but also cappuchino. On this picture you see Coconut, Irish Cream, Orange, Cinnamon among others. You may pick one, or you may mix them together to make a rather interessting type of latte.

There are also sauses, which are used in the same way.

Try a “Jamaica” and mic cinnamon and vanilla, or a Bounty (coconut & Chocolat)? Or my personal favourite, Caramel, Irish Cream, Chocolate and Hazelnut? ^^ Does it get to sweet for you, ask for another shot of espresso!

Regular prices of lattes with syrups, from 35-50 NOK! Enjoy!

edit: After comments, I wanted to show you how the lattes with syrup is made and served. So i made little picture-strip!

1. Add the selected syrup (In this case: caramel, white and dark chocolat)
2. Add espresso.
3. Up to here (double shot).
4. Add milk.
5. Voíla!

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Prices is Norway

Travelers to Norway are having a hard time in knowing how much money to bring. Well, I’ll try to give you a chanse here. If you go to Norway for a holiday, you can’t spend your meals out. I know lots of you are used to having your dinner and lunch out, but in Norway this is TOO expencieve. I will give you some prices on everyday food, and some on what the prices are eating out.

A few Years back we got a new brand in Norway, called First Price. They sell everything at a cheaper rate than usual, and are sold in most foodstores.
You get more for less, and is a great tip on everyone comming to Norway. Not everything is as good as the “real” products, but a lot of them are!

Currency:
10 NOK (Norwegian Kroner) is at this date:
$ 1,70
£ 1,00
€ 1,20

Everyday
Bread – 25 NOK
Milk (1 liter) – 12 NOK
Ham (150g) – 20 NOK
Cheese (500g) – 50 NOK
Eggs (18 pack) – 30 NOK
Jam – 30 NOK
Cereal – 20 – 40 NOK

Extra
Chocolat (150 g) – 30 NOK
Potatochips – 30 NOK
Soda (o,5 liter)- 15 NOK

Café/Restaurant (Everything is cheaper if you have it to go! Tax reduction)
Coffee Latte – 40 NOK
Black Coffee – 20 NOK
Cake   – 50 NOK
Toast – 30/40 NOK
Salad – 70 NOK
Pizza (eating out, sharing) – 250 NOK
Mc Donalds Bigmac meal – 80 NOK
Soda 30 NOK

Cinema ticket – 100 NOK
Popcorn and Soda (At cinema) – 80 NOK

Travel
Buss ticket (local) – 25 NOK
Buss over different zones (Local)- 50 NOK
Train from Oslo to Kristiansand – 1200 NOK (You can be lucky if you book in advance and get a MiniPrice ticket for half the price).

Well, this was all my head could come up with today, just leave comments and I will try to put everything in this post as we go along. 🙂
I’m sorry it’s all so expencieve ^^

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Football in the Winter

I was out in -10 celsius last week, to watch my boyfriend play football. Even though it’s winter, everything is played outside! I was wear lots and lots of clothes! Artifficial grass is the thing (even though real grass is better ^^). Football is the national sport in Norway (atleast of the “summer sports”)! It’s hat we pay to see, what we see on tv, what most play, you get the picture?

The pictures At the bottom is from the field and one imprint of my body at the snowey bleechers! ^^

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