Pros and Cons of Living in Stavanger
By Joshua Wood, LPC
Last updated on Sep 24, 2021
Pros and Cons of Living in Stavanger, Norway. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Stavanger
What do expats in Stavanger appreciate most about the local culture?
"It is of course, a very beautiful country, despite the constant rain. Once you get to know them, Norwegians are very nice, and way less superficial than Americans. I love that public transportation and sidewalks are everywhere, it is a joy to not be dependent on a car. I also feel much safer, especially with health care being (mostly) free. Knowing that you won't be turned away from the hospital if you don't have insurance when you are a poor college student is a relief,"
explained one expat living in Stavanger.
"I appreciate the Norwegian's love of and respect for nature. I like the roundabouts as opposed to USA stoplights all over the place. I bike/walk, so I really enjoy that the sidewalks are separate from the roads and often wind off in completely different directions. I appreciate that Norwegians aren't easily offended. They have great food here as well. I also appreciate their lower crime rates. You can tell people really aren't expecting anything but the best in people they encounter,"
said another expat in Stavanger.
"I have felt very safe living here and I have been able to let my children enjoy freedoms that I probably would not be giving them anywhere else. I appreciate the recycling system and how the Norwegians can run, bike or take there baby for a stroll in any kind of weather....which is mostly rain in Stavanger,"
added another person living in Stavanger.
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