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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 are the pros and cons of living in Kristiansand?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Kristiansand responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Kristiansand, often like the city's beautiful natural surroundings, including its picturesque coastline, beaches, and nearby forests. They appreciate the clean and safe environment, as well as the high standard of living. The city's well-developed infrastructure, including efficient public transportation and reliable internet, is also a plus for digital nomads. Moreover, they enjoy the friendly and welcoming nature of the locals, who often speak English fluently, making it easy for expats to communicate and socialize. The city also offers a range of cultural events and festivals, such as the Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival and the Protestfestival, which provide opportunities for entertainment and socializing. However, there are also some aspects of living in Kristiansand that expats and digital nomads may dislike. The high cost of living, particularly for housing, food, and entertainment, can be a significant challenge for those on a tight budget. The city's relatively small size and limited job opportunities may also be a drawback for some, especially those seeking career advancement or a wide range of professional networking opportunities. Additionally, the cold and dark winters, with limited daylight hours, can be challenging for those not accustomed to such conditions. This can lead to feelings of isolation and seasonal affective disorder for some expats. Finally, while the city offers a range of cultural events, the overall nightlife and entertainment options may be limited compared to larger cities, which could be a downside for those seeking a more vibrant social scene," said one 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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