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Tazzbaby replied to the thread Norweigan-American Planning to Return to Norway on the Norway forum on April 22, 2014:
uskoll initially posted:
I am an American of unbroken Norweigan descent in the male line. We have been in America for some time, but up until my father's generation we still spoke the language in the home. It is a longstanding goal of mine to return to Norway; I am taking steps to learn the language and anticipate being ready to transition to Norway over the next four to five years. However, I am just now starting to research the exact processes needed to immigrate to Norway. I was curious to know if a Norweigan last name could help me in my application, and if so, how that would work out. I expect it doesn't make a difference except to me personally, but I wanted to double-check to make sure of that.
Tazzbaby replied on April 22, 2014 with:
It's great that you wish to return to Norway, but as far as I know, you have no more advantages than anyone else by having a Norsk name. And there are only 3 ways for you to immigrate just like anyone else, and that is by engagement visa, work visa and family reunification, or you could always apply for a student visa but that won't get you approved to stay here. Just remember, no matter which wy you choose, it will be a long process and will be no guarantees you will be approved for a permanent residence visa, once here. The main thing is to have all your proper paperwork in order, as just one small mistake can hold one up for many months. I wish you luck.
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RedBullet posted Two gay people moving to Norway on the Norway forum on April 20, 2014:
Hello everybody. Sorry if this topic already exists. We are two gay guys (25 and 25 yo) interested in moving, living and working in Norway. I live in Croatia (whose people can move and work in Norway) and my boyfriend lives in Serbia (whose people can't move and work in Norway). What we wanna know is about a procedures and protocols of Norway considering two people coming from a countries like ours ( EU-non EU). Is it a problem for my boyfriend to come with me if his country is not a part of EU? And I would also like to know what are the average salaries per month for a waiter, and do Norwegians tip, and of course what are the costs of living?
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annestevens posted glossary of farming terms on the Norway forum on April 17, 2014:
Hi, Would anybody know of any book/leaflet/glossary of farming terms in Nor-En --online or not -- that would be helpful to me ?as I plan on moving to a farm in Norway. Thanks anne stevens London
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Tazzbaby replied to the thread Moving to Norway- without Spouse? on the Norway forum:
UKSA34 initially posted:
Hi everyone, I'm a UK national since birth and I am married to a turkish man who is still living in Turkey. We have planned that we want to live in Norway. Do I have any restrictions as a Brit to live and work in Norway?? I understand as a turkish citizen he has restrictions to living in Norway however what would be the requirements for me to sponsor him as my spouse? Is it possible? Thanks
Tazzbaby replied most recently with:
OK I am not absolutely sure about this, but Turkey is part of the EU as well (something I didn't really know), so I think you both would be able to apply together. So I believe you are both able to move here freely, but will have to be approved to stay. And no his brother would not be able to sponsor either of you, I can't even sponsor my own son to come here because he is long over 18. Family unification only includes spouses, children under 18 (also step children and adoptees) and possibly aging parents if you were needed to care for them.
UKSA34 replied most recently with:
Hi there, thanks for your reply. Regarding the 1 years income to support my spouse- do you think maybe it would be easier and quicker to apply for a residence card rather than the family immigration visa in that case? Also his brother lives and works there so do you know if it's possible that his brother could sponsor him? Thanks!
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2experience replied to the thread Tax - Claiming losses for foreign investments on the Norway forum:
2experience initially posted:
Hi everyone, My partner and I are considering a move to Norway as I have been offered a job in Bergen however I am having trouble sourcing an answer regarding tax and foreign assets. Can anyone tell me if it is possible when filing a tax return in Norway, to claim a deduction on the Norwegian income for losses on foreign investment properties?
2experience replied most recently with:
Thanks Ky. I will have a look at the Skatteetaten website. I was aware of the 10% tax deduction for newcomers to Norway but not about the tax category with an unemployed partner so thank you for that as well.
Ky replied most recently with:
Hi, Unfortunately I do not know anything about foreign investment properties. I do know, as a foreigner you can receive a tax exemption from 10% of your salary for the first 2 years working/residing in Norway. ALso, be sure you are in the correct tax category if your partner is unemployed. You will receive a higher tax refund! I think the max is around 12,000,- per year. This website may help:
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Ky replied to the thread Salary enough for two? (Oslo) on the Norway forum:
Guizo initially posted:
Hi everyone, I am thinking about applying for a 3-year job in Oslo which -- in case my application is successful -- would pay me 420,000-460,000 NOK per year before taxes. I have read quite a lot about taxes in Norway and have figured out that this should mean approximately 27,000 NOK in my pocket every month after all applicable deductions. If this works out, I would be taking my girlfriend along. She would be entitled to work legally as well, but of course we do not know whether she would be able to find employment right away. So my question is: would 27,000 NOK a month be enough to provide for a decent, but not extravagant lifestyle for both of us? That would have to include rent, food, internet/water/electricity/heating/transportation and of course some entertainment as well. I would appreciate if anyone could let me know whether it's feasible and, in case it is, whether this would be a comfortable scenario or whether we would have to be counting every dime. I have been to Norway four times and I know how expensive things can get, but I have no experience providing for a home in the country, so any help is much appreciated. Since this would be a temporary arrangement, we would be willing to live in a cheap, small apartment in order to save money, but not to share a place with other people. Our best bet would be a not-so-pretty, not-so-big apartment within walking distance to a subway, tram or bus line which could ensure us easy access to public transport. And, since we're at it, am I right in assuming that any legal job my girlfriend could find would be a very significant contribution to our monthly income?
Ky replied most recently with:
As previously mentioned, check out for apartment rentals in and around the Oslo area. I would expect you can save a few thousand by moving outside the city. But, from what I see on, the cheapest you will pay is about 7000-8000 (if you are lucky). On "average" (nothing over the top and considering consumption), your bills per month will look something like this: 1. Mobile phone bill: 300,- 2. Internet/cable: 500,- 3. Electricity: 400,- 4. Bus pass: 500-600,- 5. Food for two: 3000,- (averaging 50 nok per day, which is quiet cheap) 6. Gym membership: 250-500,- Plus 7. Daycare for children: 2500,- Driving your own car WILL be considerably more expensive; with maintenance, insurance, petrol, tolls, EU checks, etcc.. You can obviously use much less on food if you are willing to eat VERY simple. Its quiet common to have a decent lunch at work, and eat simple at home, especially if you don't have children. Most larger companies cater lunch from 25-50 nok per day. Entertainment, alcohol and eating out are very expensive. Cinema films will cost around 100-150 per ticket, snacks will run you another 100-200,-. Restaurants range of course. Burger King is about 75-100,- per meal. An exclusive 5 course wine package will cost you around 2000,- per person. Taxi cabs are insanely expensive.. about 50,- per km (in my experience). I would advice to talk with your employer. Most firms offer great perks. Ie: Mobile phones, Gym membership discounts, cars, laptops/tablets, language training, eye glasses for computer work, etcc.. JUST ASK! :) Clothing is also very expensive, but deals can be found. All depending on your expectations. Bring what you can when moving here. You can find some pretty nice "used" Furniture on, along with ANYTHING else you might be looking for. Good place to job search for your girlfriend as well! Good luck
Tazzbaby replied most recently with:
Oh and I forgot to add, that living here in Kongsvinger has it's bonuses, we are just 30 to 40 minute ride to Sweden to grocery shop which can really save lots of money, especially on meat.
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sparkyeg replied to the thread Study at Vestfold University College on the Norway forum:
Amalia initially posted:
Hello, My name is Amalia and I am from Greece. I am interested in having a postgraduate in Shipping at Vestfold University College. Is anyone irformed about this department? Is there anyone that studies there? What is your opinion about this? I am looking forward for your reply. PS (I am sorry for my English. I still practise)
sparkyeg replied most recently with:
Hi Amalia, my name is Ayman and I am from Egypt. I have applied in the master of maritime managment (commercial) of vestfold University college for 2014. I haven't heard from them yet. I think they will start sending acceptance letters mid April. how is the progress of your application? I wish you luck with your application.
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elissam replied to the thread Having a baby in Stavanger on the Norway forum:
elissam initially posted:
Hi, My husband has been offered a job in Stavanger which we've been waiting on for over 6 months (we are Australians in Perth at present). We are hoping to accept and move with our 18mth old daughter in May/June. I am currently 12wks pregnant and will have the baby in Norway in September. I am wondering what/if any costs will be incurred in having the baby, especially since my husband will have only been working on his local Norwegian contract/paying taxes for about 4mths before the baby is due (and I won't have worked at all). Will we be eligible to claim the free health cover or will we have to pay? If we have to pay, does anyone know the costs involved? Any information/advice very helpful thanks!
elissam replied most recently with:
Thanks for the info, good news! I will look into the citizenship too.
jtsveigdalen replied most recently with:
I believe Tazz is right about the cost. Any out of pocket should be negligible if you have a person number. This is information on citizenship.
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SoulGrotto replied to the thread Americans on the Norway forum:
SoulGrotto initially posted:
I feel like I am almost all alone in Norway; I miss people with my own accent who talk like me and think like me. Sometimes it's hard to explain things in English to a Norwegian because the words we use aren't always the same or in the same order. I'm lonely here. I want to talk to an American. Tell me where you are from (state) and what you miss about America.
SoulGrotto replied most recently with:
I'm from Kansas. I know it's going to be like a needle in a haystack to find another midwesterner here :P Mostly I just miss family (of course) and the flat, large open land. We live in Ålgård. And I can't stand how I have no sense of direction here; every single road is curved. I never know what direction I'm going. Every road was straight where I'm from.....
pianoteacher replied most recently with:
We are from West Virginia. We don´t miss America right now because we are here, but we do miss family, friends and cheaper prices when we are in Norway. We live in Kristiansand. We love Norway though, and have lived there 5 1/2 years. We will return in July.
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hi, i want to know where i will get a job cleaning,housekeeping or waitressing i am filipina i will go this march there but i really need to have a job please give an advice or info.thabks liza-loren brabante
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