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Aker Brygge in Oslo, Norway

Living in Norway

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 06, 2024

Summary: People often describe life in Norway as peaceful, safe, and beautiful. Expats love the stunning natural scenery, the high quality of life, and the friendly people. The average cost of living for an expat is around $2,500 per month, depending on the city and lifestyle. The population of Norway is approximately 5.4 million people, and the largest cities are Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, and Drammen. The cons of living in Norway include the high cost of living, the cold weather, and the language barrier. Additionally, the country is quite isolated, so it can be difficult to make friends and build a social network.

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What do I need to know about living in Norway?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Norway, they said:

"Absolutely take this opportunity... what a beautiful country and great experience. You make what you want out of it... Take advantage of a country that offers incredible outdoor activities/sports. I was never into skiing, hiking, cycling, but I am a convert...at 45 years old and ejoying what the outdoors has to offer here and have yet to see anywhere else like it in the world," commented one expat who made the move to Oslo.

"1. Expats should be prepared to learn Norwegian to easily navigate life in Norway, as it is the official language. 2. Obtaining a residence permit may be complicated so it is important to understand the requirements carefully. 3. Non-Nordic citizens may need to pass a test of language and cultural understanding in order to obtain a residence permit. 4. There are some tax advantages to retiring in Norway such as not having to pay any tax on pensions and certain allowances. 5. Retiring in Norway can be expensive compared to other countries, with higher costs for groceries, restaurants and housing. 6. Although public healthcare is free for anyone living in Norway, medical treatment can still be costly so expats should consider a private insurance policy," remarked one expat living in Norway.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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