Norway lands in the top 10 of best countries for introverts to live in, according to new study

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According to the comparison website Merchant Machine, Norway is the ninth-best country for introverts to live in this year.

In a new study, the website analyzed the social interactions required in different industries to determine the best jobs for introverts. 

The payment specialist also looked at the best places to live as an introvert by ranking the least populated countries according to the quality of their WiFi, average salary, and cost of living. 

The top 5 jobs for introverts? 

Being an introvert is often misunderstood and mistakenly seen as socially anxious when, in reality, introverts just get their energy by spending time alone with their thoughts. 

In general, workplaces tend to reward extroverts for their social skills, but introverts have many qualities that make them great employees and leaders. 

By looking at the average salary and remote working capability, the website worked out the top jobs for introverts. 

The social score is based on a range of social business behaviors – the degree of contact with others, teamwork, contact with external customers, face-to-face discussions, establishing interpersonal relationships, and communicating with peers. 

The higher the social score, the less social interaction is required for that job.

Photo: Merchant Machine

The top 10 countries for introverts

Overstimulation can kill an introvert’s vibe. Unlike extroverts, who get their energy from social interaction, introverts need alone time to recharge – away from large crowds and places (especially when it comes to picking a place to live).

Merchant Machine analyzed factors that are important to introverts looking to relocate to another country. They include a small population size, WiFi speed, cost of rent, and average annual salary.

Take a look below to see which countries made the top 10:

  1. Canada
  2. Australia
  3. Iceland
  4. Russia
  5. Finland
  6. New Zealand
  7. Suriname
  8. Mauritania
  9. Norway
  10. Belize

Dennis Reloj-Howell, founder of psychology website Psychreg, explains:

“Crowds can drain energy from introverts, so this lockdown might have been favorable for them in becoming even more productive. 

“With introverts’ innate ability to focus, they can be a particular asset to the company. 

“They can be well attuned to capturing why your clients really need, and they can propose unique solutions to improve your company’s performance.

“If you’re an introvert leader, you should not let your personality affect your organisation’s goal. 

“As a leader, you should be able to motivate your team with motivation. As an introvert leader, you can have individualized discussions with your team on how to set up directions and achieve organizational goals.”

Source: Merchant Machine / #NorwayToday / #NorwayTodayNews

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