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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 10, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Kristiansand, Norway is 88,000. People describe Kristiansand as a vibrant city with a beautiful coastline, a rich cultural heritage, and a great quality of life. Expats love the city's laid-back atmosphere, its proximity to nature, and its friendly locals. The weather in Kristiansand is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-50s Fahrenheit (1-12 Celsius) in the summer and the mid-20s to the mid-30s Fahrenheit (-5 to 2 Celsius) in the winter. The average cost of living in Kristiansand for an expat is around $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $1,000 per month, and the cost of a two bedroom apartment is around $1,400 per month.

What do I need to know about living in Kristiansand?

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

"Expats considering retiring in Kristiansand should be aware that the cost of living is relatively high compared to other parts of the country. It is important to research the local housing market and the availability of rental properties before making a decision. Additionally, expats should be aware that the climate in Kristiansand is generally mild, with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing. English is widely spoken in the city, making it easier for expats to settle in. Finally, expats should be aware that the city is well-connected to the rest of Norway, with regular bus and train services to other major cities," wrote a member in Kristiansand.

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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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