Volunteering in Norway

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Norway is a world-leader in terms of engagement in voluntary work, with half the Norwegian population contributing in some way. These efforts benefit both individuals and society in general. It might seem strange that one of the riches countries in the world also has such high numbers when it comes to volunteering, but I find it logical. When you have met the most basic needs, for food, shelter and protection, first then you have the energy or possibility to devote time to other things. In Norway we have manageable working hours, earning enough to live a comfortable life. Off course we have poor people here to, but our social system protects those who cannot work for different reasons. Being a volunteer is good both for others, but also for yourself. I have been a volunteer several times myself, and there really is no feeling like doing something for others without expecting anything in return. Even if I help others in my job, that’s payed work, so It doesn’t always make me feel like I have contributed enough. Volunteering, on the other hand, I do at the cost of my own time that I could have used for recreation.

My son is soon one year, and I plan to take him with me doing volunteer work. In that way he will see the value of doing something for others and experience how that feels. We are so privileged to live here in Norway, so we should appreciate that and do what we can for those who need it.

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6 thoughts on “Volunteering in Norway

    Tony Single said:
    February 5, 2020 at 11:45

    I have always wanted to visit Norway. Your country seems like such a beautiful place full of beautiful people!

      mirrorgirl responded:
      February 5, 2020 at 12:21

      You would be very welcome. It can sometimes take time before we let people in, since a lot of people here are a bit shy, but when you get to know us we are mostly warm and welcoming 🙂

        Tony Single said:
        February 5, 2020 at 12:28

        Now that just makes you guys feel even more endearing to me! 😛

    Marty said:
    February 5, 2020 at 13:35

    Giving and gratitude are rungs on the wellbeing ladder

      mirrorgirl responded:
      February 5, 2020 at 13:35

      Couldn’t agree more!

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