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Understanding Mental Health in Norway

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Expats face a lot of stressors living abroad. It's important to know how mental healthcare services work in Norway should you need them.

Moving to a new country can be an exciting adventure, but it also comes with its own set of challenges, including taking care of your mental health. For expats and digital nomads in Norway, understanding the local mental health services and cultural attitudes towards mental health is crucial for a smooth transition and maintaining well-being.

Finding a Mental Health Care Provider in Norway

Finding an English-speaking mental health care provider in Norway is relatively straightforward, especially in larger cities like Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim. Many Norwegian mental health professionals are trained in English and are accustomed to working with expatriates. However, in more rural areas, the availability of English-speaking providers may be limited. It's advisable to seek recommendations from expat communities or to use online directories of healthcare providers who offer services in English.

Mental Health Care Services in Norway

The mental health care services in Norway may differ from what expats are used to in English-speaking countries. Norway has a strong public health system that provides mental health care, but waiting times can be long for non-emergency cases. Private healthcare is also available and may offer quicker access to services. The approach to mental health care in Norway is holistic, with an emphasis on work-life balance and outdoor activities as part of treatment plans, which might be different from the more clinical approach seen in some other countries.

Standard of Care for Mood Disorders in Norway

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is indeed a standard of care for anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders in Norway, as it is in many other parts of the world. Norwegian mental health professionals are well-versed in CBT and other evidence-based therapies. Expats and digital nomads can expect to find a range of therapeutic options available to them, including CBT, which is widely recognized and practiced by Norwegian therapists.

Online Mental Health Services in Norway

Online mental health services are becoming increasingly popular among expats and digital nomads in Norway, offering convenience and accessibility, particularly for those living in remote areas or preferring the privacy of their own home. Norway has a robust internet infrastructure, which generally supports the delivery of online services without significant technological barriers. However, it's important to ensure that the online service provider is licensed to practice in Norway to guarantee the quality and legality of the care received.

Other Considerations for Mental Health Care in Norway

Expats and digital nomads should be aware that while Norway has a high standard of living and a strong emphasis on mental health, the cultural approach to mental health issues may be more private and less open than in some other cultures. It's important to respect this cultural perspective while seeking support. Additionally, the dark winters and high latitude can affect mood and well-being, so newcomers should be proactive in seeking support and engaging in activities that promote mental health, especially during the winter months. Lastly, navigating the public health system can be complex, and it's beneficial to familiarize oneself with the system, including understanding the rights to healthcare services as a resident or temporary inhabitant.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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