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“Working conditions are good, but you must learn the language to fit in,” opine international researchers

Working conditions and collaboration possibilities in the Faroe Islands are good, and the society is safe and generally open. These were some of the conclusions made by international researchers at a panel meeting organized by EURAXESS Faroe Islands on June 6th.

Several conditions were pointed out, however, which could make life easier and better for international researchers, writes Gransking.fo.

According to Gransking.fo, researchers from countries outside the Nordic region stated that regulations regarding work permits are too strict. It takes a long time to get a work permit, and the waiting time is frustrating for the researchers and their families.

The international researchers also emphasized that it is necessary to learn Faroese in order to function in the society but the language lessons offered are far too limited.

They also mentioned that colleagues at research institutes are friendly and eager to help if they ask for information but it is not always easy to know who to ask or what to ask. It would be a great help if they could get personal guidance on formal and practical issues from a colleague for some time after arriving.

In general there is a need for better information on practical issues at work, in schools and elsewhere. The researchers pointed out that it is sometimes difficult to know what you are expected to do as many things are implied in the Faroe Islands.


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