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There is a difference between entrepreneurs/innovators from other people. Innovators and entrepreneurs have a vision and possess the ability to recognize opportunities and sometimes radical new solutions.

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Since1948, the Norwegian economy, has prospered. Yearly growth has been at an average 3,1 percent.

Some factors are key to the tale of Norways prosperity, like productivity, adaptability, and innovation.

Today we are the 118th most populated country in the world:

at the same time we are the 24. largest economy
a fact which is mainly due to our high productivity per working hour

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DNBN Interviews Mr. Joop Wijn (ABN Amro)

Posted by on October 26, 2015
in Economics

Why is Norway important for the Netherlands?

Norway is one of the largest exporters of oil and gas in the world. A large part, around 80% of the Norwegian export has its final destination in Europe. And, as so often, these exports reach their final destination through the Netherlands. Rotterdam is by that token the largest port of Norway. Norway has a large trade surplus with the Netherlands. At the same time, the Netherlands has a lot to offer to Norway: shipbuilding, offshore technology, excellent knowledge of infrastructure, a world class service industry, and that in a virtual neighbouring country. Perhaps even more importantly, the Dutch and Norwegians get along very well. In many respects, the Dutch are the Southernmost Scandinavians!

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Havard Bokko, Interview 9th January 2013

Posted by on October 26, 2015
in Sports

What is typical of Norwegian people?

I think Norwegian people are more quiet than in other countries. We like to have visitors and people on vacation in Norway, for example the Dutch people. And we also like to keep our traditions, especially outside the city. We really like our country, because of the nature. There are not so many people, and we like to take care of our beautiful country, with its nature.

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Worldwide, financial and economic experts struggle to make sense of the credit crisis and the resulting economic recession and to find meaningful solutions. Everyone agrees that the situation contains unprecedented aspects, so that applications of lessons from the past do not guarantee success. We will need a paradigm shift to sort this out.

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Having more women at the top is often seen as a politically correct but ineffective effort. However, when looking at the Norway’s women quota law, the Dutch economists Lotte Braeken and Esther-Mirjam Sent from Radboud University Nijmegen, prove with empirical evidence that the Norwegian initiative is not only effective but also beneficial.

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The World Economic Forum published the Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013. In this report the WEF assesses the competitiveness landscape of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The Report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide.

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Christmas in Norway

Posted by on October 26, 2015
in Culture

Let’s find out how they celebrate Christmas in Norway! Spending Christmas in Norway is a great way to experience Norway’s local traditions during the holidays.

First of all, “Merry Christmas” in Norwegian is “Gledelig Jul,” or “God Jul.”

Norway’s traditional Christmas customs include Nisse, a gnome or an elf guarding animals. It is said in Norway that Nisse can have goat-like features (Christmas Buck, or Julebukk in Norwegian). Children get bowls of a certain type of porridge ready for him – if they don’t, he will play tricks on them. How is that for a traditional story for Christmas in Norway?

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Interview with Prof. Paul Iske (NL)

Posted by on October 26, 2015
in Innovation

What is innovation?

Answer: Innovation is the process of value creation by applying knowledge in a way this didn’t happen before

Is innovation something you can learn or are you born with it?

Answer: Innovation is a competence that can be (further) developed. The early stage, including idea generation, is something everyone in principle is born with, but can be unlearned. Creativity can be killed! So, we should not stimulate innovation, but remove the barriers!

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