Ariba Khan and her Norwegian friend Annick Nielsen
Ariba Khan met Annick shortly after she arrived in Norway in 2010 with her husband, who had been brought to Norway from Pakistan by the telecoms company Telenor to run their international service centre. Annick first helped her husband settle in Norway and then when Ariba came a few months later, she helped her.
“She hasn't worked with my husband for years now… but we still meet… talk our hearts out and just know we have each other,” Ariba says. The two are planning to meet up for a meal and a chat in Oslo after the autumn holidays are over.
Annick has been extremely welcoming to the Pakistani couple, inviting them over for a Norwegian Christmas lunch a few months after they arrived, and also doing huge amounts to help Ariba settle.
Ariba says that in her experience, Norwegians respond well to people who are friendly to them.