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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: http://www.skatteetaten.no/en/International-pages/
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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 finn.no 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 Finn.no, 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 Finn.no, 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. http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Citizenship-/Citizenship-for-children/
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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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Ky replied to the thread Salary and Cost of Living in Stavanger on the Norway forum:
havaci initially posted:
I got a contract offer from an aviation company in Stavanger as QA Engineer. I have 4+ years of experience and worked in multinational companies and in different countries previously. I got an offer of 47500NOK salary before tax. Considering my expenses in Stavanger, accomodation and everything, could I live a decent life and still save money?
Ky replied most recently with:
Hi there. I live just outside Stavanger (in Sandnes). Norway in general is a very expensive country to live, and the same can be expected for Stavanger. After taxes (approx. 36-40%), you can probably expect to see around 30000 nok/month. You might consider asking your employer about over-time possibilities/rates, company phone, car, laptop, gym membership, etc.. All of which are quite common in this area, and can add up to a lot saved. Just remember you WILL pay tax on these “free items”. If you plan to rent, you will pay around 9000+ for a one bedroom apartment. Cable and internet will cost around 500+ per month. Electricity depends on usage of course, but I would expect 300-600 a month. Food is fairly expensive. But, like most costs, it depends on your needs. My husband and I average about 3000 per month on food. Extra for special meals, eating out and/or having guests. Public Bus passes costs about 500-600 nok per month. Clothing is really expensive in Norway. So I advise bringing what you need. If you are a single person, it’s common to eat a decent lunch at work (usually between 25-50 nok) per day.. and eat light at home. Just a tip. :) Alcohol is a bit pricey, especially out on the town. A beer is approx. 75+ nok, with everything else climbing in price considerably. To search for rental places, furniture, etcc. See finn.no Torget=everything.. Bolig=housing.. Leie=rental. Good luck K-
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of International School Bergen in Bergen, Norway
Review-of-International School Bergen
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
I would think twice before enrolling my child the buildings are old and unkempt and the curriculm is not up to international standards (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I have children at ISB, and figured I should write something to counter the negativity of the posts here. Many parents at the school would tell you of a very small minority of parents affiliated with one particular staff member (now former, thank God!), who liked nothing more than to spread lies about the school and cause dissent. limited extra-curricular activities -- agreed, but this is the norm for schools in Norway. Children enrol in activities outside of school, or the school helps parents set up activities if they want. A friend of mine had their child in Indian Dance class last year, which was held at the school. Facilities -- yes, facilities need to be updated. I have heard that the school is hoping to move, but that it depends on the city council organizing this. I agree that facilities are important, but of course not as important as my children receiving a good education. Curriculum -- I know two families whose children have gone back to the UK. Both times the children had to write tests to get into schools, and both times they succeeded. One family with 3 children all got into the school they wanted. ISB is an IB school, so they get visits from the IB team every few years. Part of those visits is making sure the curriculum is up to standard. Besides the families in the UK, I have friends who have returned to India and Canada, and the transitions have been fine. It's true that the PYP classes at ISB don't use textbooks, but that is true of most if not all PYP IB schools. If you want textbook learning, which means one way of learning for everyone, then don't go to an IB school! I asked another parent about the number of textbooks in the MYP classes, and she said every student has a textbook...so the comment that there aren't enough textbooks in the MYP is deceptive, to put it kindly. English school for Norwegian students -- ISB does have a lot of Norwegian students. From talking to parents, they come to the school because they are not happy with Norwegian schools. Norwegian schools do not emphasize academics as much as ISB does, and are notorious for being too laissez-faire when it comes to children's behaviour. Parents come to ISB for an international education and more structure for their children. They do not use a structured literacy program, such as Jolly Phonics, Letterland, etc -- That is true from what I know. But my children learned to read and write at ISB and I had no problems with the strategies used by the teachers. I'm not sure slavishly following only one programme would work for every student. They also do not have a structured numeracy curriculum in the PYP -- This is a lie. I have been sent the math curriculum and it is very structured, sane you would find at any school. I'm not sure how the writer of this comment would think otherwise. Perhaps they can offer proof? Most of the teachers have very little international experience -- This is not true. My children have teachers who have worked in overseas schools, including Middle East, Europe, United States, Asia. Teachers are qualified and many have been at the school for many years. The school leadership is very poor -- See above when I wrote of a particular disgruntled former staff member and a minority group of parents. Many parents including myself find the management team to be approachable and eager to work with parents. Many families who would like their children to have a good education are extremely frustrated with the school's attitude and look for other options -- again , proof of this? are they marching in the back alleys, because I don't see them or hear of them.:)
A reader replied recently with:
I have yet to hear a good thing said about this school. It is pretty costly to send your children here so why is it not possible to complain about things or to make sure the children are pushed? I am very worried about sending my children here but have no other choice. They are very young but they have come from a brilliant school in the uk. I would hate to see them get behind.... Can someone eradicate my fears??
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