Living and working

Norway is the most productive country in Northern Europe, and ranks second in the world. Workers yield an impressive productivity per person for every hour worked. With a skilled workforce, characterized by high competence, independence and efficiency – in combination with a balanced three party cooperation between the government, labour unions and industry confederations. Norwegian industries are condisered competitive across different industries.

The Rana-region has a rich history of manufacturing industries. Process industries, mining, technology, and marine sectors have all been important in the creation of a strong industrial culture. Thus, the industrial culture is embedded into the mindset of the people. We like to call it “our industrial DNA”.

The business culture is based on Norwegian (Scandinavian) work values, and is characterized by flat structures, relatively short distances between management and employees and less pronounced hierarchies. Both the society in general and the workplace are based on trust. We have a culture of cooperating and supporting each other in the workplace. Coworkers are perceived as helpful resources, and not as competitors. Norway is also a world-leader in workers’ rights.

Norway is one of the most well-functioning and transparent democratic societies in the world, with a highly developed health and welfare system. Worth to mention are free public schools, tuition-free higher education, subsidized childcare, and free health care for all.

Work-life balance in the Rana region is sacred. The people here are renowned for prioritising family life, and although work life is important, a healthy work-life balance is vital. The lifestyle focuses on family values, sports, and outdoor life. Residents have a close relation to nature, and many families have cabins close to the coast or in the mountains.

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Jobs in the Rana region

The Rana region has exciting and varied job opportunities within both the private and public sector. Our process industry is at forefront in developing green solutions for a circular economy, cutting green-house emissions. We have a hydrogen hub coming up and is soon hosting Freyr’s battery cell facilities. We also have a thriving IT and research environment, with businesses and institutions that are constantly in search for the brightest minds.

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Research and study

Campus Helgeland is a collaborative hub for education and development, offering study programs and courses from Nord University and UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Several regional development actors like Kunnskapsparken Helgeland, Rana Utvikling AS, Innovation Norway, SINTEF Helgeland and Arctic Cluster Team are also located here.

The campus hosts around 470 students from Nord University and 330 students from partner institutions. It was established in 2013 and is one of Norway’s newest campuses. Among the study programs you will find pedagogy, nursing, engineering, finance & administration, and business development, as well as shorter programs and single topics.

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