Tromsø, Norway, called by some “the Paris of the North”, is a fairly large town in northern Norway, with an increasingly-diverse population and an appetite for research and international exposure. Old Viking settlement and modern research outpost, Tromsø is a great example of Norway’s forward-thinking educational culture.
Job offers in Tromsø are limited, given the relative geographical isolation of the city. The biggest employers in Tromsø are the municipality for administrative jobs, the local hospital for medical and healthcare positions and the education sector. There is a fairly high demand for teaching and research staff, given the growth of international exposure for the higher education institutions in the region. Also, research personnel could seek a job at the Norwegian Polar Institute in the city. There are also sporadic private employers, especially offering jobs for companies working in maritime exploration, the arctic fishing industry and energy prospection.
Tromsø is a regional centre for northern Norway, as well as one of the largest Nordic cities situated close to the Arctic Circle. It has an elegant blend of modern architecture and traditional Norwegian wooden houses. The main attractions and landmarks in the city are
Tromsø is a great place for nature lovers interested in sightseeing and outdoor hiking. The Tromsdalstinden mountain and its glacial lake called Prestvannet are the main destination for photography enthusiasts and trekkers.
The city also offers opportunities for skiing, ice hockey and also football, Tromsø having a regional team in the Norwegian Premier League.
Tromsø is a multicultural city, with large Sami, Russian and Finnish minorities, as well as other 100 nationalities. Among them, there are also international students which complete the cultural mosaic of the Nordic town. English is widely used as a communication language among the communities, as well as in the university classes.
Tromsø weather is generally very cold, with lots of snow and temperatures below freezing in the winter. Tromsø sees 25 cm of snow for 160 days a year. The average temperature for January is -2.2 °C (28.0 °F), while the average summer temperature is 15.3 °C (59.5 °F) in July. Being so far north, Tromsø experiences polar night (from 26 November to 15 January) and midnight sun (between 18 May and 26 July).
Tromsø has several accommodation options:
Tromsø is an expensive city, slightly over the Norwegian average. The living costs in Tromsø are around 1,130 EUR/month, excluding accommodation. The food costs reach about 325 EUR/month. A monthly pass for local transport is about 75 EUR, while a one-way ticket is 5.5 EUR.
UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a medium-sized research university that contributes to knowledge-based development at the regional, national and international level. UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the third largest in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Its location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission.