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FACTS AND FIGURES
 

OFFICIAL NAME:

Kingdom of Norway

NATIONALITY:

Norwegian

CAPITAL:

Oslo

GOVERNMENT:

Constitutional Monarchy

NATIONAL DAY:

17 May 1814 (Constitution Day)

LAND AREA:

5,765 sqkm (as big as Nueva Ecija)

LOCATION:

Northern Europe

BORDER:

North: Arctic Ocean; East: Finland, The Russian Federation, Sweden; South: Skagerrak; West: North Sea

TERRAIN:

Glaciated, mostly high plateaus and rugged mountains broken by fertile valleys

CLIMATE:

temperate along coast, modified by North Atlantic Current; colder interior with increased precipitation and colder summers; rainy year-round on west coast

NATURAL HAZARDS:

rockslides and avalanches

POPULATION:

4,799,252 (March 2010 est.)

PEOPLE:

Norweigian (nordic, Alpine, Baltic, includes same about 60,000) - 94%, Other Europeans - 3.6%, Others - 2%

LANGUAGES:

Over 99% of population speak the official language, Norwegian. (Official languages: Norwegian, Sami, Kven; Minority language: Romani; Other Main Foreign languages: English, German, French)

RELIGION:

Protestants 83.9%, Muslim 1.93%, Catholics 1.19%, Buddhists 0.25%, Orthodox 0.15%, Hindus 0.10%

WORKING WEEK:

 

CURRENCY:

Norwegian Krone (NOK), Exchange Rate: 1 NOK = 7.7191 PHP

CODE:

COUNTRY DIALING =  +47    

INTERNET  =  .no

 

TIME DIFFERENCE:

UTC +1 (Manila is seven (7) hours ahead of Norway time)

 
NORWAY'S REGIONS:
1.  The West Coast:  location of spectacular fjords.
2.  Central Norway:  traces of medieval times can be found here.
3.  Southern Norway:  has good and stable summer weather.
4.  Eastern Norway:  has varied landscape ranging from flat, rolling farmlands to dramatic and towering mountains, most densely populated region.
5.  Northern Norway:  where you can find the midnight sun.
 
ABOUT AU PAIRS
*  Au Pair is a French term meaning "on par" or "equal to".  It denotes living on an equal basis in a reciprocal, caring relationship between the host family and the children.
*  An au pair is typically a young Filipino placed under a cultural exchange arrangement with a host family for immersion in cultural and language training for a maximum of two (2) years.
*  Host family refers to the family the au pair will be living with for the duration of the au pair contract.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE AU PAIR
1.  Share in the usual household chores along with other members of the family such as:  child care, light household chores, and other responsibilities agreed upon in the au pair contract.
2.  Shall take part in the family life.
3.  Shall learn the culture, customs and language of the country.  Attend school to learn the host country's language.
4.  Carry out chores 3 to 5 hours daily (18 to 30 hours per week).
5.  May NOT carry out paid or unpaid work outside of the host family's home.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE HOST FAMILY
1.  Treat the au pair in just and humane manner.
2.  Provide food and accommodations to the au pair (separate bedroom).
3.  Provide health and accident insurance.
4.  Provide monthly allowance.
5.  Pay for school fees.
6.  Shoulder all travel costs related to sponsoring the Filipino au pair:  transportation, visa, POEA processing fee, OWWA membership fee, cost of training (if required by employer).
7.  Not deduct any amount from regular pocket money of the au pair except compulsory contributions allowed by law.
8.  Provide the au pair a copy of the contract.