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How to Live and Work in the Nordic Countries with Kirsten Weiss

  • Books and Company 1 Sofievej Hellerup, 2900 Denmark (map)
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What makes Scandinavians so unique?

Why do your Nordic colleagues expect you to have an opinion on most subjects? How can you collaborate closely and trust people you only know professionally? Why is it OK to eat your lunch at the same canteen table as your boss? What is the welfare society actually about and how does it affect your working life too? Why is attending the Christmas party part of your job description? And lots of other questions …

Join us on November 1st at 7pm to hear Kirsten Weiss speak about her latest book 'Living with Vikings: How to Live and Work in the Nordic Countries'. Kirsten Weiss is a Danish journalist, lecturer, and author. She gives advice on cultural understanding, foreign postings, and work-life, with a particular focus on the North.

About the book:

Living with Vikings is a new book by Kirsten Weiss that addresses the meeting between the Nordic countries and the many well-educated, well-travelled globalists who, for a time or for good, choose to settle here. The newcomers struggle not only with the language but also with Nordic values and ways of living, working, and cooperating. We hear about the astonishment of seeing empty offices at 5 p.m., how surprisingly efficient we are, and the difficulties of decoding the flat organization and understanding the significance of consensus.

Weiss focuses on humor, happiness, and trust and touches on the law of Jante and our views on children and divorce in this introduction to Nordic values, habits, and self-perception. All of which is mirrored in how we live, how we work, and how we, sometimes, get our lines crossed. Living with Vikings is aimed at new citizens as well as Scandinavians who wish to see themselves through the eyes of others.