Working in Norway

  I went to the University of Oslo, the capital of the Nordic Kingdom of Norway, to study media, and my study and life were very easy. The lectures were basically arranged between 10 am and 2 pm. In addition, many things were very expensive, which was almost ten times and 20 times more expensive than domestic ones. Even a bun costs 20 kronor (the equivalent of RMB 1 to 1), so I have the idea of ​​work-study. Because I don’t speak Norwegian, the only official job is to send avis (newspapers). It can also be counted as a local news unit to do some “on-the-spot investigation” within its ability to experience and experience life. Norway is an extremely media-oriented society. The freedom of speech in the media ranks among the top three in the world. Norwegians spend an average of 5 hours a day on the mass media. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the local language, there are still plenty of opportunities for newspaper delivery. Later, I passed the first-level oral exam. If I can pass the Norwegian language level-3 test, I will have a chance to get a good fixed job with an annual salary of at least NOK 200,000.
  First, I changed the local mobile phone card (Norway charges one-way, and it costs nothing to answer the phone), and it is convenient for people to contact you. Then I went to a newspaper to get a part-time application form, registered, and selected the time and route of the newspaper. According to my spare time, I chose two afternoon lines (weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays) and one Sunday morning line (required to complete the application before 6:00 a.m.). It is not suitable to send one line, and the monthly pass will be reimbursed only if more than two lines are sent.
  Part-time work requires the approval of the employer, so I took the application form and signed it with the female boss of the Norwegian Research Society who gave me the scholarship (newly arrived, I didn’t dare to alarm my supervisor, how can I say that we are also an associate professor who came from learning ), and then went to the police station to apply for a work permit. There were too many people there, queuing up to get a number, and waiting for two hours before calling me. I had a work permit right next to my residence permit in my passport. Then go back to the newspaper to copy and archive, and wait for the call after submitting the form. At this time, I have to apply for a population number (11 digits, the first six digits are birthdays; the same as our ID card), a tax card, and send it to me in three weeks. If the tax card is not submitted to the newspaper, half of the first month’s labor income must be turned over. Also remember to fill in your bank account number and address and email address clearly.
  A week later, the newspaper called me to go to training. The first is “theoretical training”. There were ten of us, all of them third world except one Norwegian, both men and women. There are three Chinese, and the other two are doctors from Shanghai and doctors with deputy senior titles in Dalian. The boss asked us to watch the video introducing the work process according to the manual, to see how they sent it, and then let us write down what we think we should pay attention to when doing this job well. I talked about the experience of being dedicated, punctual, and standardized. So simple. Then let’s wait for the call.
  After only two days of waiting (just in time for the end of the month), I was notified that there was an afternoon line, and I was going to have on-the-job training. One line was with a Norwegian middle school student, and the other was with a Vietnamese, who taught me how to deliver in the delivery book (with the subscriber’s address on it). The Norwegian asked me to push the newspaper car by myself, and he went from house to house, and she pointed at the back leisurely, and smoked; but the Vietnamese did not use a cart, he drove an old French car and let him I just sit in the car and see where I go.
  These two lines will go to me starting Monday. One line is exactly one hundred orders and eight subscribers. In the first days, it took me three hours to complete the two lines, and it was very slow for the name and house number; after two or three weeks, I was familiar with the road, and I didn’t need to read the newspaper to know which one I ordered online. Order, I can finish two lines in about an hour and a half. I would like to send the subscribers who live in the single-family house to the newspaper box at the gate of the hospital – save trouble; if you don’t want to send them to the apartment building, you have to take the key to open the door, go upstairs and downstairs, and leave the newspaper with others. On the mat at the door—trouble. Thursday is also annoying. There are advertisements to be sent to households who have not subscribed to online newspapers. Some people who are too lazy to send advertisements sometimes throw whole bundles into the rubbish bin of the newspaper office, which is very unprofessional. The newspaper office is where we pick up our newspapers, and there are trolleys (locked with a combination) for newspaper delivery and large trash cans around. According to the time stipulated in the contract, but the newspaper does not arrive, the newspaper will pay 15 kronor for each unit of time (a quarter of an hour). However, you have to write down the waiting time, get a free mailing envelope and a waiting time form, fill it out, and send it to the newspaper at the end of the month. If the weather is good, it’s okay to bring a book, but if it’s raining or snowing, you’ll suffer.
  On Sunday morning, I only attended one induction training and gave up. I live in the student city not far from the University of Austria, because it is a large line (the workload of one and a half to two afternoon lines), I have to get up at 3:30 in the morning, walk in the dark for a quarter of an hour to the mountain and wait for the bus to take us there Report the point, I can’t do it. The morning line training me was an old Norwegian, a professional newspaper delivery man who was almost 60 years old. What do people “after the Norwegian Pirates” eat to grow up. I said I was exercising, but after I finished delivering the newspaper at a trot, my head was full of sweat and my back was soaked.
  Of course, having said that, I did lose weight because I was tired and hungry. When I first went abroad, my weight was 188 jins, and when I returned to China, it dropped to 169 jins. Also, communicate more with my peers, and practice oral English is the second, the most important thing is that they tell you this today and teach you that tomorrow. They will let me know a lot of information like “squeezing toothpaste”, and have accumulated a lot of useful materials. .
  The monthly salary will be credited to the account on the 8th of the next month. You will also receive an invoice. For the first semester, I sent two lines, with a monthly income of 5,800 crowns and a tax of 524 crowns. I’m busy with homework and papers for the next semester, so I will only send one, earn 2900 and pay 263 tax. Monthly income below 1800 is not taxable. Our students are working part-time, and it is not allowed to send the morning line on weekdays (more money, generally sent by full-time professionals, not students), afternoon line and Sunday morning line at the same time. My government exchange scholarship is tax-free (according to the United Nations relief standard, those refugees in Norway have not received as much), plus I go home for the New Year, go to other European countries during the holidays, so I The annual income from part-time work is less than 30,000 yuan, so according to the Norwegian state regulations, the taxes I paid in the previous year will be refunded to my account around June 20 every year. Foreign workers suffer from foreign crimes, the more they earn, the more hard work they pay. One of my friends from Shanghai who came to Norway with me was very free. On weekdays, he sent three lines every day (his wife also helped when she got off work from the hospital at more than three o’clock), and two large lines on Sundays, which cost more than 10,000 yuan a month after tax. But this kind of labor income is far from the same order of magnitude as the income level of Norwegians – Norway’s per capita wage income is US$33,650 per year. While waiting for the time to report, I thought about whether the Norwegians look at us as laborers from other places, just like we look at the migrant workers on construction sites in China? (No matter how little you earn, you can save money.) Sometimes they help carry a color TV or something, and they will give a tip (two or three 20 kroner coins), and give us red envelopes on holidays such as Christmas (leave a message on the mailbox, two hundred in the envelope). In any case, “the moon is my hometown.” After all, I am in Norway… What do I want to do in the
  world, it is at this time that the newspapers are delivered after class;
  why should I feel nostalgia in my heart, the working people are my teachers.
  ——Occasional newspaper delivery