Why learn Norwegian?

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Learn one language, but gain access to all of Scandinavia!

By learning Norwegian, you will learn the fundamentals of language that are common to all three Scandinavian languages – Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.
"Norwegian language skills give an opportunity to take your career to the next level and at the same time discover Scandinavia with its unique history and culture. Take your step out of your comfort zone and give yourself a possibility to open new horizons."
Jelena Gorbacova, Head of department at DNB Riga
Jelena Gorbacova
Head of department at DNB Riga
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Person working at a Norwegian company

Work in a Nordic business environment!

  • Well-paying job (Salaries at Norwegian shared service centers in Latvia are about 60% higher than the median salary in Latvia).
  • Be treated with respect & be a part of a business culture that gives consideration to employees' well-being.
  • Office space that pays high attention to sustainability and ergonomics.
"Learning Norwegian language is not only about communication, it is also a deep-dive into Nordic culture and values. My favourite part is that these language skills give me the ability to read Norwegian literature in the original language. But we also see that this language opens career doors - our Norwegian speaking colleagues get to work with Scandinavia from the comfort of their homes anywhere within Latvia, even outside Riga."
Jānis Spunders, Delivery Center Lead at TietoEVRY
Jānis Špunders
Delivery Center Lead at Tietoevry
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Obtain international experience without leaving your home!

  • By working at a Norwegian business center in Latvia, you will get a chance not only to learn a new language and skills, but apply them in an international work environment.
  • The international service industry is developing fast and will give you knowledge and skills that will help you get ahead in the future.
"Norwegian language skills at our Business Center in Riga give “Norwegian” employees the opportunity to work in the enticing aviation industry from a cosy office in Riga city. It is a great chance to learn from Scandinavian colleagues & industry professionals, gain international work experience and build an international career, while also enjoying a fulfilling private life, sufficient time with family and friends."
Zanda Šmate, HR Manager at Norwegian Air Resources Latvia
Zanda Šmate
HR Manager at Norwegian Air Resources Latvia
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People interacting in norwegian
Woman doing a course on Norwegian language

Norwegian language is easy to learn!

  • Norwegian is considered one of the easiest languages for English speakers.
  • It is possible to build conversational proficiency in the Norwegian language within 3 to 4 months.
"The Norwegian language is quite easy to learn since there are many similarities with English and Latvian words."
Ilze Priede, Team Leader Customer Service Norway at Circle K Business Centre
Ilze Priede
Team Leader Customer Service Norway at Circle K Business Centre
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Career opportunities in Latvia

Choosing to work at Norwegian GBS in Latvia is a safe choice. It is a safe investment in gaining new knowledge and invaluable experience in an international work environment. It means choosing a well-paying job in modern offices with Nordic management style, which places high value on trust, engagement and respect.

Norwegian language is the 2nd most popular language used at Global Business Service centres in Latvia

Scandinavian languages have always been highly sought after by many business centres based in Latvia, among which Norwegian ranks among the highest. 


Employs over 3000 people in Latvia

Norwegian and Norway-related Global Business Centres in Latvia employed over 3000 people in 2021. Around 500 of these employees in Latvia used Norwegian language in their daily work. On average, there are over 100 vacancies for Norwegian speakers at GBS companies in Latvia per year.


Average gross salary exceeds €1600 per month

The starting salary in customer care functions at Global Business Service companies in Latvia is around €1232, which is 23% higher than the national median salary. The average salary at Norwegian GBS companies exceeds €1600, which is 60% higher than the median salary in Latvia. Additionally, GBS employees receive benefits, such as health insurance, mobile phone coverage, training, etc.

Norwegian and Norway-related business centres in Latvia

Atea Global Services

Atea Global Services (AGS) is an integral unit of the Atea Group – the leading Nordic IT infrastructure company and the 2nd largest in Europe.

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DNB Service Centre

DNB is the largest financial group in Norway and one of the leading credit institutions in the whole Nordic region.

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Circle K Business Centre

Circle K is one of the world’s leading convenience and fuel retail businesses and has approximately 12,300 sites across its network in North America (U.S. and Canada), Europe, Asia & the Middle East.

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Zalaris is a leading European provider of comprehensive HR and Payroll Services, delivered through innovative cloud- based solutions from SAP and Success Factors.

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Visma Labs

Visma is an IT company, delivering software that simplifies and digitises core business processes in the private and public sector.  One of Europe’s leading software companies with head-quarters in Oslo.

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Tietoevry is one of the leading IT companies in the Nordic region. With over 1000 employees in Latvia, Tietoevry ranks also among the leading information technology companies in the Baltics.

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Norwegian is an award-winning airline, having been voted for six consecutive years as Europe’s Best Low-Cost airline by Skytrax. Norwegian Air Resources Latvia is home to the company’s customer care, accounting, fraud, IT and IT analytics, procurement and warranty operations.

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Where to learn?

Public Norwegian language learning programmes

Tertiary Education

Latvijas Universitāte / Anglistikas, Eiropas valodu un biznesa studijas

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Ziemeļvalstu ģimnāzija

Grammar School of Nordic Languages

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Valmieras Pārgaujas Valsts ģimnāzija

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If you want to learn more about the possibilities to learn and use Norwegian language, contact us at: office@nccl.lv

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