What do I need to know before moving to Norway?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Norway, they said...
"It is important for expats to be aware of Norway's cold climate before making the move. Expats should also make sure to familiarise themselves with the official language, Norwegian, as most locals will not be able to communicate in English. Additionally, the cost of living in Norway is higher than in many other countries, so expats should plan their budget accordingly. Expats should also consider the impact of Norway's strict immigration laws, which require all foreign nationals to possess work and residence permits to legally stay in the country. Finally, Norway is a welfare state, meaning that expats should prepare to pay high taxes in exchange for access to social services," commented one expat who made the move to Norway.
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"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)," remarked another expat in Tromso, Norway.
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What do I need to know before moving to Norway?If you live in Norway, newcomers to Norway would love to hear your answer to this question.
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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.