In addition to its energetic outdoor lifestyle and unique culture, Norway is known for its exceptional standard of living and for having developed a work-life balance that other countries envy.

Work-life balance in Norway is highly valued. Norwegians typically work 8am to 4pm, and usually a 36-38-hour work week which allows them to have generous time with their family. Employers are required by law to offer 25 paid vacation days per year, plus holidays. Much of the workforce takes their vacation time during summer months, when ample time is spent enjoying time with friends and family. According to Life in Norway Editor David Nikel, “In Norway, family takes a huge priority even at work. It is not at all uncommon for someone to leave work 30 minutes early regularly in order to pick their kids up from school or take them to sports practice.” With the short work week hours and generous vacation time, Norwegians are still extremely efficient and task-oriented at work. They have been ranked among the world’s happiest and most highly productive workforce, according to Expert Market.

Norway is also known to have non-hierarchical work environments. Managers are not expected to give orders, but rather to act as mentors.  In return, employees feel more productive, motivated and that their opinions are valued. Equality is also considered essential in the workforce. Named the world’s third most gender equal country, Norway works hard to promote fairness in all aspects of life.

With a healthy work-life balance, non-hierarchical work force and gender equality, it is no secret as to why Norway is ranked world’s happiest country.