Moving to Oslo, Norway
Last updated on Apr 20, 2023
Summary: Expatriates are drawn to Oslo, Norway for its high quality of life, excellent public transportation system, and vibrant cultural scene. The city is known for its stunning natural beauty, with easy access to the fjords, forests, and mountains. Oslo is also a hub for business and finance, with a strong economy and a wide range of job opportunities. Additionally, the city is home to a diverse population, making it a great place for expats to meet new people and experience a different culture.
What do I need to know before moving to Oslo?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Oslo, they said:
"Oslo is the capital of Norway and is known for its stunning natural beauty and vibrant culture. Expats should be aware that the cost of living in Oslo is high, so it is important to budget accordingly. It is also important to note that the weather in Oslo can be quite cold and wet, so warm clothing and waterproof gear are essential. Additionally, the language spoken in Oslo is Norwegian, so it is beneficial to learn some basic phrases before moving. Finally, it is important to research the visa requirements for Norway before moving, as different types of visas may be required depending on the length of stay," remarked one expat who made the move to Oslo.
"Make sure you choose a reputable company to move your stuff overseas who know how to handle all of the documents- the customs people here hold shipments for crazy amounts of time. Choose a neighborhood close to public transport. It is pricier but well worth not having to walk 20 minutes very 2 in the winter. Be open minded about flats. I have yet to see a place with more than 1 bath and double vanities don't exist. The fridges are small- overall things are smaller and it's important not to let it bother you," explained one expat living in Oslo, Norway.
How do I find a place to live in Oslo?
About the Author
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.
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