Pros and Cons of Living in Norway

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Norway. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Norway

What do expats in Norway appreciate most about the local culture?

"It is of course, a very beautiful country, despite the constant rain. Once you get to know them, Norwegians are very nice, and way less superficial than Americans. I love that public transportation and sidewalks are everywhere, it is a joy to not be dependent on a car. I also feel much safer, especially with health care being (mostly) free. Knowing that you won't be turned away from the hospital if you don't have insurance when you are a poor college student is a relief," explained one expat living in Stavanger.

"Norwegians are kind and will help you if you need. If you eventually are able to make friends with a Norwegian, you probably have a friend for life. They are less superficial, and are less likely to say things that they don't mean, compared to, for example, Americans. People won't try to talk to you on the bus; they'll probably try to avoid even sitting with you! :) Beautiful nature The whole culture of going for hikes on the weekends," said another expat in Western Norway City.

"The beautiful nature and the lush green surroundings. Although, I have to admit that it can get tedious sometimes, as I am used to the extravagant city life with skyscrapers at every corner and streets bustling with people. I love the seafood here. I like how people are very independent," added another person living in Bergen.

"I appreciate the Norwegian's love of and respect for nature. I like the roundabouts as opposed to USA stoplights all over the place. I bike/walk, so I really enjoy that the sidewalks are separate from the roads and often wind off in completely different directions. I appreciate that Norwegians aren't easily offended. They have great food here as well. I also appreciate their lower crime rates. You can tell people really aren't expecting anything but the best in people they encounter," explained one expat living in Stavanger.

"So many things. The nature, the peace and tranquility, the community-mindedness, the pride Norwegians have in their home, their families, their communities, their nation; the fantastic quality of life here, the hospitality, the civility most people have, and lots of incredibly handsome, rugged men. :)," said another in Gjøvik.

"Clean air and environment, they get things done in society here better than in the UK. There is a real lack of general aggression in people which is nice. Living in the London area there is always a base stress that is just part of life, that is not evident here. The lack of crime is a breath of fresh air to me," explained one expat who made the move to Kongsvinger.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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