Life in Norway is an online magazine focused on expat living and travel. It’s written for foreigners living and working in Norway, and those considering moving here. The editor is David Nikel, a freelance journalist and entrepreneur originally from the UK.
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I’m David Nikel, editor of Life in Norway. Originally from the UK, I now live and work for myself in beautiful Trondheim, Norway.
Through this website I take you on a whirlwind tour of Norway. You’ll see the sights I see and read my thoughts and observations on Norwegian life, along with my struggle to learn Norwegian. I’ll also be exploring the wider Nordic region, including Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
Since starting this blog I’ve been featured in or written for National Geographic, Finnair’s Blue Wings, SCAN Magazine, Startup Norway, Air Baltic’s Baltic Outlook, Canada’s Globe and Mail, the Norwegian American Weekly, and Arctic Startup.
I also work with Norwegian companies as a freelance journalist and English language communications consultant.
I moved to Norway in 2011 almost by accident. As an IT contractor I was lucky enough to be offered several jobs abroad and I couldn’t resist the pull of Scandinavia.
After a while, the same questions kept popping up:
- “What is Norway really like?”
- “What are Norwegians like?”
- “Does everyone has blonde hair and blue eyes?”
- “Is it really that expensive?”
And so, Life in Norway was born!
It began as a personal blog, but I soon realised I was attracting a wide audience of fellow expats and people from all around the world interested in Norway. The success of this blog was one reason for my decision to quit my job and launch a freelance career.
I aim to build this website into a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know to thrive in Norway. If you’d like to make a suggestion or write an article, I’ll be delighted to hear from you. Let’s talk!
The Best of Life in Norway
The trouble with blogs is some of the best content can disappear into the archives, never to be seen again. I did a quick count and realised something shocking… since starting Life in Norway back in April 2011, I’ve published over 300 posts! As much as I’d love it if you read all of those, I thought it would be useful to round-up what I consider to be the best posts, right here, to bring you up to speed.
Thanks… and enjoy
My story so far
- Hello and Goodbye - the very first post
- Turning 30 - growing up!
- A Personal Update - my decision to extend my stay in Norway
- Goodbye Job & Goodbye Oslo - moving to Trondheim after 2 years in Oslo
My (old) life in Oslo
- Exploring Oslo’s Great Outdoors - getting to know the outdoor life
- My First Ice Hockey Experience - watching a new sport
- A Stroll Around Kampen - Oslo’s wooden village
My (new) life in Trondheim
- An Introduction to Trondheim - my new home
- An Afternoon in Røros - a stunning example of heritage tourism
- The Breathtaking Beauty of Fjord Norway - overwhelming
- Polar Nights in Tromsø - charmed in the arctic darkness
- The Winter Olympic Town of Lillehammer - sporting history
- Lost in the Mountains - my breathtaking trip to Geitfjellet
Understanding Norwegians and the lifestyle
- 26 Things I Learned from a Year in Norway - my favourite post
- Happy Birthday Norway - celebrating the national day
- The Norwegian Bread Belly - a diet problem
- A Postcard from Gothenburg - a hop over the Swedish border
- A Postcard from Helsinki - my first visit to the Finnish capital
- Winter Sun - escaping the darkness on the Canary Islands