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An Expat Talks about Moving to Oslo, Norway

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Oslo

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

I wish I had brought more clothes, more kitchen stuff like pots and pans(too expensive here) and my skis- they were not cheap to buy!

I wish I had left my small kitchen appliances- I brought voltage converters and they are a pain, it would have been easier to just buy Norwegian ones. I would not have brought so many shoes- coming from Houston I have a lot of sandals and heels, both are impractical to wear most of the year.

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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Make sure you choose a reputable company to move your stuff overseas who know how to handle all of the documents- the customs people here hold shipments for crazy amounts of time.

Choose a neighborhood close to public transport. It is pricier but well worth not having to walk 20 minutes very 2 in the winter. Be open minded about flats. I have yet to see a place with more than 1 bath and double vanities don't exist. The fridges are small- overall things are smaller and it's important not to let it bother you!

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

Most of our expat friends have slightly larger places, but none have as nice a patio or w/d. I think overall they are comparable.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

We live in the center of Oslo because it is close to the train and bus stations for us to get to work- it also has a great balcony. We also wanted two large bedrooms, and a w/d in the flat which can be tricky to find in older flats.

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Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

To be honest I don't know what we pay, but I would estimate it to be around 3,500 dollars/month, which is certainly higher than I would expect to pay in the center of Houston.

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guest
Aug 17, 2010 08:45

We are in a third world tropical island country. It is possible to get American sized appliances but they are the equivalent cost of buying in the States - expensive. Most refrig.s and washing machines are sized for one to two people, not for a family.

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Aug 18, 2010 20:19

It is so great to see that a fellow American was kind enough to offer such information :) I live in California and moving to Skien this year. I have yet to find a good moving company though. If you had a good experience with your moving company, can you please refer me to it?? I would very much appreciate it! Thank you!! S.

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Sep 3, 2010 00:56

I am a single male now, as my children are grown up and my wife passed away. At the moment I am teaching English at a public school in Southern Thailand, but after 25 years of teaching English and German around the world and in North America, I want to spend a few years in Europe, preferably in Norway. I have three questions: How can one get a teaching job in Norway at a language school? Does it pay enough to live a decent life without being a big spender? Do they have bachelor apartments (not studios) at a recenable rent? I am not picky and would not only consider Oslo. Can anyone be nice and help me out with answers? Kim jhlingua4u@yahoo.com

guest
Sep 27, 2010 22:50

If you looking for work in norway use NAV.no I am not sure aboute schools, its some expat school in Oslo

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Expats in Norway report a life abroad in a country to which it can be difficult to adapt. However, if you have the right situation and persevere, the natural beauty and hard won quality friendships can be quite rewarding.

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