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Lure of ‘marka’ hits UN recruiting


Norwegians’ easy access to the great outdoors, combined with good pay and benefits, is making it difficult to convince them to apply for or accept work abroad, not least at the United Nations (UN). Foreign ministry officials say Norwegians are underrepresented among staff at the UN, and it’s not always a reflection of their skills or UN recruiting efforts.

Instead, worry the ministry and UN recruiters,  Norwegians don’t want to give up comfortable lifestyles at home and the ability to enjoy the hills and forests known as “marka.” Some even call it the “Nordmarka Syndrome,” a direct reference to the forests on Oslo’s north side whe...