Nurse exodus to Norway

Government urged to take action to persuade them to stay

Nurses heading to Norway for better pay and working conditions (photo: PIXNIO)
August 1st, 2022 6:58 pm| by Benedicte Vagner

Twice as many Danish nurses are choosing to work in Norway compared to last year.

Dorte Danbjørg, the deputy chair of Dansk Sygeplejeråd, is concerned, urging the government to take counter-measures to persuade them to stay.

In search of better pay
“They are turning their backs on the Danish healthcare system, and are going to Norway where they can receive better pay and working conditions,” she told DR.

The exodus comes at a time when fewer are studying nursing at university.

Hopes they will return
Currently there are 4,930 vacant nursing jobs in Denmark. Some 46 percent of attempts to hire tend to end in failure.

It is uncertain whether the nurses moving to Norway will stay there forever, and there are still hopes they will return to the Danish healthcare system in the future.

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