About the books by Karin Ellis

These books explain the Norwegian mindset, as well as the expectations, preferences in Norwegian workplaces.

They share knowledge that is hard to find in other places and that may take years to build on your own.


Applying for jobs in Norway

The insider’s guide to the Norwegian job market

Whilst there are many Norwegian books offering job application advice, this one is unique. Written specifically for people who did not grow up in Norway, it will guide you step by step through the job seeking process. The book is packed with practical tips, starting with how to get your foreign education recognised in Norway, and ending with what to expect when you have successfully got your first job.

In exploring the typical mistakes that non-Norwegians often make; you will learn how to sell your personal qualities and competencies in a culturally acceptable way, whilst gaining an understanding of what Norwegian employers look for.

This book will help you to be better-prepared as a job seeker, boosting your self-confidence when applying for jobs.

This book is available in English, Norwegian, Ukrainian, Russian and Lithuanian.


NOK 200 (free shipping)​ BUY

Working with Norwegians​

The insider’s guide to Norwegian workplace culture​

The book explains why Norwegians think and act as they do and what they expect, and encourages the reader to reflect upon the social norms and what is considered acceptable behaviour in Norway.

This is the guide to understanding Norwegians in the workplace and their social life. It will make you a more informed and confident colleague, business partner and friend. With increased awareness and self-confidence you can be more relaxed, have fun and focus on building lasting, rewarding relationships.

This book is available in English, Norwegian and Ukrainian.


NOK 300 (free shipping)​ BUY

Flerkulturelle arbeidsplasser

(Multicultural workplaces - Norwegian edition only)

This practical oriented guide is for anyone interested in learning about how our communication is influenced by our cultural background, and how you as a colleague or leader may make the workday easier for new employees, and especially for those who grew up outside of Norway. It has practical tips on how to achieve a better work environment and productivity in multicultural workplaces. The book is based on the author’s own experience, as well as information from other people and research.

This book explains why it is challenging for new employees, and especially non-Norwegians, to get started in workplaces in Norway. After reflecting upon this, the reader will be more capable of adapting the guidance and follow-up based on each individual’s needs. Working in a multicultural team becomes more meaningful after having an awareness of cultural differences and different approaches.

The topics could be a source of debate in the workplace, to help engage and develop people. By having such dialogues, teams may find new ways to handle their challenges, and thus be able to take out more of the potential of the multicultural environment.


NOK 400 (free shipping)​ BUY

What people say about Karin's books

Applying for jobs in Norway

I attended your seminar in June, and also bought your book. Soon after that, I landed in an interview. It was 3 rounds in total, and it went great. I can surely say that most of the questions asked in the hourly long interviews were from your book. As I was lucky enough to read your book before that, I was prepared with answers and stories 🙂 Also, all the tips and techniques worked out just perfect as well. Now finally i have landed in my dream job and started in August.

Heartfelt thanks to you 🙂

– Tulika Sheel


Working with Norwegians​

I just went through both of your books and I would like to express my gratitude for your efforts!

Working with Norwegians really helped me to grasp the way my Norwegian boss behaves. I was asking many questions at the beginning and he was struggling to explain the rules, but after finding what “frihet under ansvar” is it all came in my mind into one piece. 🙂 It is both my boss and me who benefit from this book! Now I share the book with my office colleagues so more people can benefit from it . 🙂

– Karol Otczyk


Flerkulturelle arbeidsplasser

Denne boken vil gi økt kulturforståelse og selvinnsikt og gjøre leseren mer komfortabel i den nye hverdagen på den flerkulturelle arbeidsplassen. Boken vil forklare hva man forvente, og beskrive teknikker for å unngå misforståelser.

About Ellis Culture

Karin Ellis’s vision is to make newcomers in Norway more informed and successful by explaining the expectations and hidden codes in the job-market and workplaces. Karin’s books and courses reveal information that is not easily found in other places, and which could take several years to figure out by yourself. She provides suggestions on how to deal with the additional challenge of being a foreign job-seeker and/or employee in Norway. Her insider's tips are based on 30 years' experience from Norwegian workplaces as a job-seeker and employee, as well as a leader and recruiter.

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Karin Ellis

CEO, International culture

Core Competencies:

  • International culture
  • Intercultural trainings
  • Solution oriented leadership
  • Global sourcing/IT outsourcing
  • Change management