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Retire in Norway

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 05, 2023

Summary: Retirees are attracted to Norway for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and excellent quality of life. Norway is known for its breathtaking fjords, majestic mountains, and picturesque coastline. The country also offers a wide range of activities for retirees, such as skiing, hiking, fishing, and sailing. Additionally, Norway has a strong social safety net, providing retirees with access to quality healthcare and a generous pension system. The weather in Norway varies greatly depending on the region, but generally the summers are mild and the winters are cold. Temperatures in the summer range from 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit (10-21 degrees Celsius), while temperatures in the winter range from 20-40 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to 4 degrees Celsius).

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What is it like to retire in Norway?

"Norway is a particularly inviting country for retirees due to its high quality of life and excellent infrastructure. With stunning and varied natural landscapes, from the rugged fjords to the verdant valleys, a peaceful and picturesque environment awaits retirees. Retirees have access to a variety of leisure and recreational activities, including skiing and snowshoeing, camping and hiking, sailing, fishing, golfing and sightseeing. There is something for everyone, whether you prefer an active lifestyle or a more relaxed one. While there is no specific expat community in Norway, retirees will find a great sense of community amongst the locals and other expats who have come to call the country home. Norwegians are known to be generally friendly and welcoming, and there is a wide selection of English-language services and social activities. The country is also packed with cultural attractions, such as art galleries, museums, festivals, concerts and dance performances. For those who are keen to explore the local cuisine, there is no shortage of traditional Norwegian dishes to sample. And for nightlife, there's a lively bar and club scene in the larger cities, with plenty of options for all age groups," commented one retiree 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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