Drawn by the picturesque fjords, the northern lights, the high standard of living and the outdoors lifestyle, many people from all corners of the world dream of making a new life in Norway.
But moving to a new country is a process fraught with potential obstacles, something that is especially true in Norway. From securing your right of residence to finding a job, from adjusting to the cost of living to adapting to a different culture, a new life in Norway is not for everyone.
In this guide, we try to give you an introduction to Norway and what to expect if and when you choose to relocate to Scandinavia.
The Kingdom of Norway is a sovereign nation on the Scandinavian peninsular in Northern Europe. Denmark, Norway and Sweden together make up Scandinavia, while the Scandinavian countries plus Finland and Iceland are collectively known as the Nordic countries.
Read our brief introduction to Norway.
Why move to Norway?
So why do so many people from around the world want to move to little old Norway? After running this website for more than five years, we think we have a good idea! From the standard of living to the recreational opportunities in the great outdoors, here is our run-down of the main reasons people move to Norway.
Read the list.
What is Norway really like?
But it would be unfair to say living in Norway is all unicorns and rainbows. There are some major adjustments to your lifestyle you must make to property integrate into Norwegian society. Some of the cultural quirks can take some getting used to, and many foreigners who have lived here for decades still feel like they don’t quite belong. So, are you sure you want to move to Norway?
How easy it is to get a residence permit depends on your country of citizenship. If you are an EU/EEA citizen then congratulations, you are already several steps down the path. But for citizens of other countries, it can be a much more difficult procedure. Read our full guide to Norway’s immigration requirements.
We hear from so many people who wish to explore the options of retiring to Scandinavia. While this is a dream for many, the reality is often quite different. Read our full guide to retire in Norway.
Cost of living
Norway’s high standard of living comes at a price. It’s not just beer that’s expensive here. Are you prepared for the high cost of virtually all goods and services? Read our brief introduction to the cost of living before you make any relocation decisions.
Study in Norway
Studying in Norway is a great way to sample the lifestyle for a few years, before deciding whether a life in Norway is for you. Free tuition fees at public universities are a major plus, but this perk attracts tens of thousands of applicants every year and so winning a place at a Norwegian university is far from easy. Whether you want to study science, engineering or the arts, here’s our guide to the Norwegian higher education system.
Education for expat children
Norway has a surprising number of international schools aimed at English-speaking children of expats. Students will generally follow the British or American education system and will also be taught Norwegian to fluency. It’s important to note that as private schools, tuition fees apply and these must be factored into your budget. Here is our listing of the various international schools in Norway.