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Excerpted from the Norway Career Guide

The information and communications technology (ICT) industry is Norway’s second-largest land-based industry by revenue. Norway’s high tech companies are in telecommunications, hardware, software, and industrial electronics products, and provide consultancy services. The industry accounts for more than 18 billion NOK in exports. With a workforce of nearly 117,000, Norway’s ICT sector represents around 4.8 percent of the country’s total workforce.

Trade portal Nortrade characterizes Norwegians as "among the most wired people on the planet." More than 92 percent of Norway’s households have Internet access, and 34 percent have mobile broadband access according to Statistics Norway. ICT supports the Norwegian edge in the world economy, while maintaining the country’s standard of living and high salaries.IT trade group Abelia represents more than 950 member companies and more than 25,000 employees within ICT, telecommunications, research and development, consultancy and technology education.

Employment Outlook

According to a recent article by engineering society IEEE, there is a ‘war for talent’ in Europe. IT specialists with skills in cloud computing, smartphones, and other mobile applications and tablet computing are in high demand. Technical needs for social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, have also ignited a need for new technology skills sets. Norway, in particular, faces a critical shortage of IT professionals.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Næringens Interesseorganisasjon (IKT-Norge)
http://www.ikt-norge.no/ (Norwegian)
IKT-Norge is an IT sector special interest group. The organization’s goals are to increase the use of IT-related services, to be a competence center for the industry and to provide membership services. The site includes information about the services offered and discussion forums.

Oscarsgate 20
0352 Oslo
Tel: +47 22542740
Email: mail@ikt-norge.no


Hegnar Media
http://www.hegnar.no/ (Norwegian)
The IT section of Hegnar Online, a Reuters media company, provides readers with business news from the IT sector. An IT sector reader discussion forum is also available (requires free registration).

Hegnar Media AS
Hoffsveien 70A
0377 Oslo
Visiting address:
Pb 724 Skøyen
0214 Oslo
Tel: 23 29 63 00
Fax: 23 29 63 01

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Norway Guide.

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