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Cross cultural competence required in everyday life

In cross culture, global communication competence, globalization, multi culture on November 5, 2009 at 3:47 pm

During the 1980-ies Norwegian countryside experienced an unprecedented influx of foreign labour that changed local culture forever.

During the 1990-ies we saw a similar development within other labour intensive businesses, first of all the construction business.  And globalization continues.  In the health sector, a significant percentage now comes from non-Scandinavian countries, and the percentage continues to grow fast.

All these foreign workers and their families have contributed to a fundamental change in most Norwegian communities.  Previously, Norway had one of the most homogeneous cultures in the world.  This is not the situation any more.  Fortunately, we have not only received labour we needed, but also a rich cultural addition and added knowledge.

One of the challenges, though, is that cultural understanding and knowledge now has become relevant even in the most remote Norwegian county or village.

Making sure we keep fueling relevant organizations with necessary cultural competence, we have a resource in our society that will prove itself more and more important.

Anders, from a snowy white Gjøvik, Norway

Interested in a speech, seminar or team-building exercise on this topic, look me up at:  www.thomassen.me