If you are thinking about taking the leap and moving to Norway, congratulations! This northern European nation is a brilliant place to call home and is an excellent destination for young and growing families.
Need a push towards the right decision for your family? Read on for five reasons why Norway is such a great place to live to help you decide.
An outdoor lifestyle
If you love being active and enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, Norway is the perfect destination for you – even in the winter! Many Norwegians grow up on the slopes and can ski like pros – and even if you aren't a skier, there are lots of activities to encourage the kids to ditch the video games and get out and about.
From hiking, camping and fishing in the summer to simply getting outside and playing in the snow in the winter, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the beautiful fresh air and scenery that Norway is known for.
A unique culture
One of the great things about being an expat is the opportunity to experience a new culture – and a move to Norway is no exception.
A major advantage for British expats is that many Norwegians speak excellent English, which can make shopping and getting around easier. But there are also plenty of things that are distinctly Norwegian to experience – your family will love trying new foods and local customs.
A bright academic future
All expat parents are concerned with the cost of schooling abroad – and one of Norway's major advantages is its relatively inexpensive school system. While the school fee index in the link doesn't include Norway in the list, it offers a useful resource when weighing up Norway compared with other nations, where the cost of schooling can be more expensive.
Schools in Norway offer a well-rounded education and public education is not only inexpensive, but also of exceptional quality. And as the kids get older, parents can take comfort that Norwegian college and university education is offered free of charge – good news for every family.
Excellent living standards
Norway is known for its exceptional standard of living, which is one of the major draws for expatriates. Like in the UK, healthcare – except for dental care – is of a high quality and covered under the national system.
Norwegian culture is also deeply rooted in family – and most workplaces offer at least five weeks of holidays for those on full-time contracts, so you can spend even more time with yours!
You will also enjoy a high quality of housing; whether you choose to buy or rent, most Norwegian homes are kept to excellent standards. However, it is important to note that housing costs may be higher than what you are used to and to factor this into your budget.
Norway's working culture might offer a refreshing change – in addition to the aforementioned five weeks of holiday, most Norwegian workdays are 7.5 hours long, and your evenings and weekends are your own.
Many Norwegian employers are also sensitive to family issues – if you need to leave the office early to collect the kids from school, it is generally not a problem (though you should always check with your employer first!)