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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Kristiansand, Norway
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
American Women's Club is available, but not really functioning. After trying several churches we have found a Church with an American core to be the friendliest place in town! In southern Norway, (we lived in Oslo for 10 years my husband is Norwegian), the culture is tough to break into. It is almost stereotypical small town closed. (Continue)
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Sadly, I agree with almost everything in this post. I have lived in the greater Kristiansand area for four years and I am terribly disappointed. As a half-Norwegian, I have been visiting the country for more than 35 years. Now that I live here I find that, at least here in the South, all that friendliness is more or less on the surface. When it comes to problems, they bury their heads in the sand and don't you dare criticize anything. We have it so 'greit' here. Health care is appalling. Had my husband not finally given up and gone to Berlin to get help recently when he had an infection, he would probably be blind by now. You have to make your own diagnoses and then tell the doctor what you have and fight to get the proper treatment in a timely manner. This country is so rich and yet they save their money for a rainy day instead of improving infrastructure. The ONLY things I am impressed with are parental leave and inexpensive and good daycare.
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I thank you for posting bold statements but very precise and true as well. Norway still has to learn and develop alot, they are not precise people : they are not focused, does not come on time and are not extremely hard working and ambitious like the Swedish. That is why they are less developed. More need to be done.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Kristiansand, Norway
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What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?
I moved here to be with my Norwegian husband. I cannot say I appreciate much about Norway. (Continue)
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It`s sad you can`t fit in and feel you are welcome in my country. I know many people have a problem to feel they are welcome here, specially in the beginning. Many Noregian think at least those from abroad should learn the language. And they don`t know that Norwegian is a very difficult language to learn for many nations. But also many people coming from another country are not open minded to learn our culture. And that is a part of moving to another country and should be exiting and interesting. I hope you will enjoy your Norwegian life better after a while. Try think about what is better here than in Belgium.. something is better :-) And try take action to speak with people, most of us will welcome you when they get to know you. I know you are struggling, but don´t give up. We can seem a bit locked, but many of us like people from foreign countries and think its interesting :-) Maybe you ahve met wrong persons? :-)
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Jobs in Kristiansand, Norway
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What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?
Sadly, and briefly, don't think of coming to Norway. Come for a holiday. It's great and the people are wonderful. The rest of the world? I'd stay where you are unless you're in a war zone. No-one likes migrant workers. They're perceived as taking jobs wherever they go. How do YOU view migrant workers in YOUR country? Wherever YOU go, natives will see YOU the way YOU see the migrant workers you may feel are taking YOUR job at home. (Continue)
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Im sorry i disagree With you i have come from England to Norway in 1994 iv had a fantasic job well 2 iv got 2 houses 2 cars 3 moter bikes al taxed and iv payed all my tax all since iv been in Norway and the People are great so is the country, so come every body its a great Place. But you must learn the Language.
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guest Oct 17, 2011 07:27 Hi Jonty, Sounds like you have had some seriously bad luck in Norway, but as an impartial observer I cannot say that any of your experiences really come across as an objective analysis of Norway in the least bit. Expat resentment? > The same as in any country. Taxation systems that lessen your earnings? > Very few countries don't. Looks like you got a bad gig in life there, excuse the pun, but I fail to see how any of what you have written will be useful to anyone going to Norway that is not a travelling street performer. > Nor do you actually touch on what life is like outside your hang up's with the tax system and how isolated you feel. After all this I wonder why the heck you stayed in a country for 22 years. > when you are obviously not a good fit for it and hold no punches on how much you hate it there. >
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