Guides to everyday life in Norway.
Despite virtually all Norwegians being fluent in English, most expats living and working in Norway choose to learn Norwegian. Some choose to learn because their company pays for lessons, others because they want to understand more of what’s going on around them.
Many new arrivals dream of living in a romantic fjordside cabin, or a historic wooden house in a remote village.
In reality, the majority of English-speaking foreigners live in the vicinity of the four main cities: Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim. For many, the adjustment to living somewhere that’s a lot smaller than they were used to in their home country is a real challenge.
Whether you’re renting or buying, property in Norway is simple, small and functional. Read about housing in Norway.
The Norwegian healthcare system is founded on the principles of universal access, decentralisation and free choice of provider.
On a per head basis, Norwegian expenditure on healthcare is the highest in the world. Every member of the Norwegian National Insurance scheme (broadly speaking, every resident of Norway) has the right to access healthcare services. Although treatment is not free, there is an annual limit on how much any one individual has to pay for healthcare.
Driving in Norway
If you intend to drive in Norway it is your responsibility to thoroughly research and understand all of the traffic laws. Ignorance of these laws is not an acceptable excuse if you break them!
We recommend a select number of retailers for foreigners living and working in Norway.
Our sister website Norway Traveller contains everything you need to know to plan a trip to Norway, from which are the best to fjords to what to pack for your trip.