I was recommended for a post doc in Norway. I was wondering how is the research typical atmosphere in Norway. Here in the UK you spend more time writing proposals or trying to do research that can be published quickly and get funding rather than anything that contributes in my experience. Should I expect the same in Norway? It's fine if the answer is yes, the subject in question is interesting enough and the pay seems decent and I need a job. Thanks
From my limited experience of having worked both in Norway and the UK, I get the impression that there is less pressure in Norway than in the UK. Given the vast difference in population, it is however only natural to expect more competition in the UK than that in Norway. Also Norwegian policies seem to be more welcoming to third-country nationals.
I would however disagree that spending more time writing proposals or trying to do research that can be published quickly and get funding are necessarily opposed to anything that contributes to experience. In fact, your productivity tends to increase when you have less external pressure to dictate what you need to do.
So a place where one can thrive is not necessarily country-specific, although for some, it may be.