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Aker Brygge in Oslo, Norway
Aker Brygge in Oslo, Norway
Aker Brygge in Oslo, Norway

10 Tips for Living in Norway

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: 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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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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Comments

guest
Oct 15, 2012 10:18

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.

guest
Dec 6, 2013 14:09

Hi, 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.

cschilling
Feb 15, 2015 15:50

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.

Sorlandetnewcomer
Dec 26, 2015 16:47

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.

Aker Brygge in Oslo, Norway

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Norway GuideNorway Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Norway.

Norway Forum Norway Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Norway on our Norway forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Norway Index Norway Index
An index of all of our site's Norway information.

Contribute to Norway Network Contribute
Help others in Norway by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Norway.

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Expats in Norway offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Norway.

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Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Norway.

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Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Norway.

Pros Cons of Living in NorwayPros & Cons of Living in Norway

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Norway.

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Digital Nomads & Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Norway.

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