Campaigners to bring dual citizenship to Norway are celebrating after the leading party in the Norwegian government backed the concept at their annual conference. Norway is the only Nordic country - and one of very few European nations - that doesn't allow dual citizenship. This means that currently anyone wishing to become a Norwegian citizen must renounce their citizenship of birth, although … [Read more...]
To move to Norway with the intent to live, work, or study, you will need a residence permit. How you get one of these is determined by a complicated set of rules and regulations. Broadly speaking, the award of a residence permit depends on two things: your country of citizenship and your ability to financially sustain yourself and any dependents.
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If you're an EU/EEA citizen, the process of moving to Norway is pretty straightforward. Unfortunately if you're from the rest of the world, the process is a lot more complex. With its stable economy and high standard of living, Norway is a popular country with immigrants. Although Norway and Norwegians are generally positive about skilled immigration, strict entry requirements are in … [Read more...]
24 hours on and I've just about recovered from the shock Brexit result of Thursday's referendum. For those not familiar with this blog, I'm a British citizen and I've been living in Norway under the terms of the EEA agreement since 2011. I've had so many messages from people all over the world, half asking what the hell we've just done (no, I can't quite believe it either) and the other half … [Read more...]
For the next six weeks, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is offering a bonus of 10,000 kroner to asylum seekers who are willing to leave the country on a voluntary basis. A separate process is in place for those wanting to return to Ethiopia, Afghanistan or Somalia. Read the full details on the UDI website. Although the bonus is only available to the first 500 people to apply, … [Read more...]
Long-term expats living in Norway could soon finally have the option of taking dual citizenship, as Norway's Parliamentary Committee recommended the Government remove the country's ban. Although some exceptions apply, currently to become a Norwegian citizen you must in principle renounce your previous citizenship. Norway is the only Nordic country that doesn't allow dual citizenship. For … [Read more...]
It's hard to believe almost five years have passed. On 6 May 2010, I stood inside Birmingham's National Indoor Arena, home to one of the largest election counts in the country, and watched as Nick Clegg announced his intention to discuss a coalition agreement with David Cameron and the Conservative Party. It would eventually become the first ever UK coalition government to result from a General … [Read more...]
If you're a European citizen wondering if you can move to Norway, the short answer is yes. Although Norway is not a member of the European Union, it is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the Schengen passport-free zone. Norway is therefore bound by the same freedom of movement rules as all the other EU member states. So that's good news for citizens of: Austria Belgium … [Read more...]
I've teamed up with the University of Oslo to ask for your input to a really interesting research project, titled The European crisis and the citizens. The project run by the ARENA Centre for European Studies will analyse labour migration to Norway from within the EU and its effects on Norwegian society and politics, as well as the societal dynamics and experiences of crisis-struck EU migrants … [Read more...]