Aker Brygge in Oslo, Norway
10 Tips for Living in Norway
By Betsy Burlingame
Expats in Norway often have a hard time adjusting to life there. Expats share their tips and experiences living in Norway -- from the high taxes and difficulty making friends with locals to the beautiful scenery and outdoor living.
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Moving to Norway
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.
Interesting read. I lived in Norway for 2 and a half years in the 60's. A friend of mine whose husband was a doctor flew to Canada (before socialized medicine in Canada) to have her second two children delivered. There was a saying in the 60's of educated Norwegians that anyone with enough get up and go have gotten up and gone. In 1962 then only had one ENT doctor in Oslo and thru the US ambassador my friend was able to see him but it was to late as his eardrum ruptured. Now the language. I learned it in 3 months, spoke it fluently and read and wrote in 6 months. Flash cards I used no matter where I went to learn the words. Once you know the language they become very nice people once you get to know them. In the 60's they didn't like Americans because of their know it all attitude but my being a canadian made me acceptable. I would love to go back and cannot afford to. Hope you all fare well there.
I started a group on facebook called imobago (international mother and baby group oslo) 4 years ago. Today it has over 1200 members from more than 46 nationalities. Everyone is welcomed to join our community. It is a great help for expat mums and it is free.
In addition I would also recommend the book "Oslo for Mothers" (available on www.imobago.com) for those who have just arrived to the Fjord city or are planning to have a family in Oslo.
This article was helpful to me as my husband and I are planning to move to Norway within 2 years. We need lots of help doing so, and are appreciative of any advice on the subject.
I've been reading about socializing difficulty in Norway. I believe what might help - free organized perpetual Newcomer's clubs in the large cities. When I moved to a new state in USA (where I'd never previously lived) I joined a Newcomer's club. Various interests for participation provided a means to slowly get to know and develop friendships with like-minded folks etc while also expanding reach of community knowledge eg people and places. I will be living in Sorlandet about 5/12 months a year and if there's interest may try to initiate a newcomer's club.