Meet Magento is coming for the first time to Norway on 16th November 2017!
It’s been in the making for almost two years as we touched on it with Katy Wilson, Channel Developer for Magento based in London when we met at Imagine 2016 but it’s really Convert who made it a reality! Convert is a Norwegian eCommerce Agency based in Oslo specialized in two things that are dear to our heart at OneStepCheckout: Magento 2 and Conversion Optimization (hence their name).
As a Norwegian company we couldn’t be more excited to share a little about our beautiful country and capital city, greet Magento rock stars on our shore and help local eCommerce stores get to the next level with Magento.
Here’s a teaser about Oslo, our little secret gem. We’d love to see you there! This video totally made the journalist from Inc. come and visit! More about this clever video here.
Top 3 things to know about Norway
1. Norway is the Happiest Country in the World, no less!
Norway has been named the Happiest Country in the World in 2017, according to The Sustainable Development Solutions Network that was commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012. As an outsider having lived there for two years I’d say the key reasons for that are around:
- Work life balance. Most people leave the office around 4pm and spend a lot of time doing other things they love i.e. sports, family etc…Norway also has one of the most generous maternity and paternity leave scheme (49 weeks 100% paid to be split between the mother and the father)
- Nature is amazing here. The air and water are pretty pure and we feel very safe here. The landscape of the country is pretty amazing with fjords and northern lights in the northern part of the country (no chance to see them in Oslo). You can go skiing after work. City trains take you to the mountains, lakes and forest, that’s where all the city dwellers spend their weekends.
- Equality and sense on community. Norwegians don’t leave people behind so they try and bridge the gap between the rich and the less advantaged with a lot of support from the welfare State. Norway has one of the lowest income inequality in the world, along with other Scandinavian countries.
2. Discover Norway through TV series and crime novels
Lilyhammer is awesome if you want to discover the cultural difference of Norwegians in particular vs Americans. This Netflix series features Steven Van Zandt (from the Sopranos) who plays a New York Mafia guy hiding in a small town in Norway.
Occupied is more of a fictional series where you can see actual Oslo landmarks and a good plot written by Jo Nesbo, a Norwegian football player, musician and financial analyst turned into one of the world’s best selling crime writer, selling over 33 million copies so far (across 50 languages).
3. Norway Trivia!
Geography: The population of all of Norway past 5M inhabitants (about that of Alabama!) and although it’s approx 2,000 km long (Oslo to the northern part of Norway is the same distance as Oslo to Rome!) it’s very narrow with the largest point being 432 km and narrowest point only 2 km wide!
Music: Grieg’s Pier Grynt for classical music lovers, a-ha for pop music lovers and Kygo for the younger hip generation. Oh and Ylvis (what does the fox say) for the humorous ones.
Painting: the Scream by Edvard Munch, the origins of this emoji ? !!!
Less recommended: Taxi: it will take at least 40 min and over 1,000 Kr (€100) to get to the city.
Cheapest option: NSB railway. It’s only 90 Kr but they come less frequently.
- 1 USD = 7.81 NOK
- 1 EURO = 9.28 NOK
Do you need to withdraw much cash? Not really. Everyone uses debit/credit card, even for 10 NOK purchases at the bakery or convenience store.
Repeat after me:
Takk – thank you
Hei (pronounce “Hi!”) – er…. Hi
Nei – no
Magento: pronounce “Mayento”
Konverteringsoptimalisering – Conversion Optimization
Bra – fine, good!
You’ll be fine, Norwegian speaks good English.
Free ticket for Magento Merchants!
50% off if you’re an agency or extension provider
The guys at Convert kindly offered to give our readers 50% off early bird special on the ticket price. That makes it 995 NOK (approx. €100) instead of 1,990 NOK for agencies, extension and service providers!
Use this coupon code: checkout50
BEFORE 5th November 27! After that you’ll pay full price.