Moving to Tromso, Norway

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

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

What do I need to know before moving to Tromso?

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

"My advice would be to start looking as soon as possible or have someone help you find a place. If you live on the Island it's easy to get around by bus. If you live in Kvolya or Krokken you may need a car, but homes are cheaper to rent. Norwegians speak English so it's easy to get around and communicate. You can buy jackets, shoes, clothes, etc so no need to bring your whole wardrobe or the Arctic clothing you "think" you might need. Tromso is very beautiful and accommodating to expats (except for the Visa and Norwegian # process)," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Tromso.

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How do I find a place to live in Tromso?

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

"We found our place to live off the internet site here in Norway Finn.no. We weren't concerned about neighborhood as much as we were concerned about finding a place to live. Its a University island so places go fast and there's not a lot available," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Tromso.

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

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"We live in a one bedroom apartment that we were able to sublease fully furnished. Typically people live in houses if available," explained one expat living in Tromso, Norway.

What is the average cost of housing in Tromso?

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

"The housing and food costs is the most expensive you will ever find in all of the world. Our small 1bdrm is $1300 and food costs are about $1200/mth for 2 people. Beers are $12/pint if that gives you any indication of food prices," said another expat in Tromso.

What should I pack when moving to Tromso?

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

"First of all, coming from California and moving to the Arctic we figured we needed to dress for extremely cold weather. I would of left all the California Arctic gear at home and waited til I got to Tromso to buy. Bring normal going out clothes, not the mountain gear you would think to wear, people dress nice here. I wish I would of brought US measuring cups/spoons in order to cook american recipes. Cold medicines are just not as strong off the shelf here," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Tromso.

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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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