How Many People Came to Norway to Work in 2011?

From a UDI annual report for 2011:

9 900 people were granted their first residence permit to work in Norway.

86 per cent of applications were approved. Nationals of Romania, India and Bulgaria were granted the highest number of permits to work in Norway.

Most immigrants come to work in agriculture and fish-processing, industry or commerce, and the hotel and restaurant industry.

In addition, 36 900 EEA nationals registered as employees, jobseekers, self-employed persons or service providers.

Moose in the Fields

It is always exciting to see moose.  When the fields are high they come out of the wilderness for some good grazing.

Cows are very protective of their young and this one had two to look after.  Normally she would keep her distance but instead she thought it best to lead her calves right past my car to get to the forest on the other side of the road.

She came closer and closer to pass me by.  Her size was awesome; a majestic presence.

Our First Lamb Season

We have been breeding Viking sheep for two years.  In the winter we feed them silage – fermented grass from our fields.  In the summer they get a natural salad bar of grass, trees and weeds.  We don’t give them medications or unnatural products.  Sometimes we put our sheep in small fences to make sure they eat all the good stuff and not just pick at the ‘lolly’ grass.  Sheep have a bad habit of being wasteful grazers but we make sure they get a good hearty selection of everything.

Normally Norwegian farmers send their sheep up into the mountains for grazing, but we keep our sheep on the farm.  This way we get to care for them better and socialize them.  We train our sheep to come when called and to follow us.  They know and trust us and I think they believe we are part of their flock.  They come to us for scratches and enjoy grooming us (pulling on our clothes and licking).  They are very affectionate and sometimes lay their heads on us to snooze in the sun.  Our sheep are more than just livestock, they are  loved like pets.

I thought it would be hard to cull our first season of lambs, but because their purpose is to provide good quality and healthy meat, saying good-bye to some is not that traumatic.  We are proud of the way we raise our sheep and we know they get to have the best life we can offer.  They are happy and thriving.

Making a cull is not just about providing us with meat but keeping the flock healthy.  We keep the traits that we desire, like the sheep that can fully shed their own wool, and also personality – a non-bucking ram.  We breed naturally so it is very important that we use good selection to create the best genetics.

This year we sent 12 lambs off to slaughter.  Two lambs were returned for our own use and the rest was sold for profit.

The meat of our new lambs is soft, juicy and pink.  The texture is velvety and very easy to butcher.  The meat doesn’t take long to cook and the outcome is always fantastic.  We roasted our first leg with rosemary and garlic.

Having had the responsibility of raising out own lambs made our meat priceless.  We had never tasted such wonderful lamb before in our lives.  It melted in our mouths.  The flavour was delicate and refreshing.

Viking sheep do have a reputation for excellent meat but we believe the extra care we have taken to ensure better eating habits has made our meat outstanding.

Why Applications for Citizenship Can Be Rejected

UDI updates information all the time with new laws and procedures. If you want citizenship you can make it easier on yourself by following UDIs advice:

Many applications for citizenship are rejected because the applicant hasn’t lived in Norway long enough, hasn’t documented that he or she has completed the necessary language course, or because there are doubts about the identity of the applicant.

Last updated 07.10.2011

So far this year (until August 31), the UDI has processed 10 150 applications for citizenship. 20 per cent of the applications were rejected.

279 applicants had not documented that they have completed the necessary Norwegian language classes.

349 applicants had not lived in Norway long enough with the right kind of residence permit.

In addition, 875 applicants had not proven their identity, for example because they had used more than one identity in Norway or used different identities in Norway and other European countries.

If you are applying for citizenship it is important that you check that you fulfil all the requirements before you send in your application, and that you have sent in all the necessary documentation.

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