Moving to Oslo, Norway

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Moving to Oslo, Norway: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Oslo.

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What do I need to know before moving to Oslo?

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

"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," added another expat who made the move to Oslo.

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How do I find a place to live in Oslo?

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We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"We live in the center of Oslo because it is close to the train and bus stations for us to get to work- it also has a great balcony. We also wanted two large bedrooms, and a w/d in the flat which can be tricky to find in older flats," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Oslo.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Oslo?

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"Most of our expat friends have slightly larger places, but none have as nice a patio or w/d. I think overall they are comparable," remarked another expat who made the move to Oslo.

What is the average cost of housing in Oslo?

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If you are thinking about moving to Oslo, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"To be honest I don't know what we pay, but I would estimate it to be around 3,500 dollars/month, which is certainly higher than I would expect to pay in the center of Houston," remarked another expat who made the move to Oslo.

What should I pack when moving to Oslo?

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We asked people living in Oslo to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded:

"I wish I had brought more clothes, more kitchen stuff like pots and pans(too expensive here) and my skis- they were not cheap to buy! I wish I had left my small kitchen appliances- I brought voltage converters and they are a pain, it would have been easier to just buy Norwegian ones. I would not have brought so many shoes- coming from Houston I have a lot of sandals and heels, both are impractical to wear most of the year," said another expat in Oslo.

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Cultural Blunders

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"Asked waiters for the government instead of the bill for a couple years before learning that regeringen and regningen are different words," added another expat who made the move to Oslo.

How are healthcare services Oslo?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Oslo, they replied:

"Don't. Pay for private. The laid-back laissez faire attitude that seems appealing when talking to Norwegians in coffee shops is quite the opposite when you are ill and need healthcare. There is no accountability and often gross errors," said one expat living in Oslo, Norway.

About the Author

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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