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Life in Norway is an information guide for English speakers living and working in Norway, and for those who want to make the move.

The website is written entirely by foreigners from all around the world who are already settled in Norway.

Move to Norway

Our relocation guides are aimed at giving you all the information you need for a happy relocation for you and your family.

Firstly we help you to navigate the immigration rules and regulations, which vary depending on your circumstances and country of citizenship. Then the big one – we give plenty of advice on how you can find a job in Norway, which is often the biggest hurdle faced by foreigners.

Living in Norway

Once you're here, there's a whole new culture to explore. Our information articles and expat blogs cover everything from learning the language to the best new music, trying the food and explaining the cultural quirks we encounter.

We regularly interview people – both Norwegians and fellow expats – with an interesting story to tell. Some of these interviews are showcased within our new podcast.

The latest news

Every Tuesday we send out Norway Weekly to more than 6,000 people in Norway and around the world. It's jam-packed with the latest articles from the site, as well as the biggest news headlines from Norway from the last seven days and other articles of interest to people living in Norway.

Everything is in English, and it's entirely free of charge. Subscribe now!

A diverse team of writers

Originally the personal blog of British freelance writer David Nikel, Life in Norway now features writers from all across the country: Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and the Arctic, originally from as far afield as England, Scotland, the USA, Mexico and Ecuador.

David remains on board as Editor-in-Chief, so please get in touch with him if there's anything you'd like to know, or if you'd like to contribute an article for the expat blogs section.

Meet David

David Nikel NorwayHi! Originally from the UK, I now work for myself as a freelance writer and consultant in beautiful Trondheim.

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 lure 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 started off as a simple personal blog. As more and more people became interested in my stories, thoughts and observations, I expanded the site to include several other voices. You won’t find a more diverse collection of writers anywhere online! The success of this website was a contributing factor in me quitting my job to launch a freelance career.

If you’d like to make a suggestion or write an article, please do get in touch.

18 thoughts on “Norway’s Ultimate English Language Resource”

  1. Hi:
    Thanks for including me on your Blogroll. I’d include you on mine, if I had one.

    I try to cover fashion from the whole region, which is tricky to do since I rarely get to visit Norway and Iceland. One thing I would love to include on my blog is street fashion photos from Oslo. Do you know anyone who might be tempted to contribute photos of Osloites dressed in an interesting or attractive manner?

    Best wishes from Stockholm, which is today dusted with a thin blanket of something cold and white.

  2. Dear David, your summary of Norway says we have a pension pot from the oil industry. That is a simple misunderstanding.

    The former “oil fund”, now called Norges Bank’s “Government Pension Fund Global”, is in fact NOT a pension fund. It’s a heritage fund for future generations, no pensions are tied to this fund, no person is entitled to any of that money ever.

    The name was changed only to reflect our commitment to managing it with future generations in mind. It’s an odd and misleading name, I’ll give you that. However the actual and separate pension funds of Norway (Folketrygdfondet/Statens Pensjonskasse), which existed prior to the oil fund, are wholly funded by ordinary taxes on income.

    • Thanks for your comment Andrew although I think you misunderstood my use of the word “pension pot” 🙂 Tha About page of my blog is not the place for a detailed analysis of Norway’s finances, rather a one-liner which hints at Norway having a solid financial picture.

      I have been meaning to write more about the oil industry, so thanks for the reminder!

  3. Hi David,

    First off great blog, if you don’t mind could i ask your advice, how do you find a job in Norway?

    I am married and have three little children, i am a part qualified accountant and have a years experience, i am completing my studies as I write this, any advice would greatly received many thanks.

  4. hi there david!

    This is the kind of blog i have been looking for! I am planning to move to Norway this coming May 2013 with a job seeker visa for six months until someone would sponsor me with a work visa. Do you have any idea of how to find jobs there in Norway and how to find a cheap flat there specifically in oslo or bergen like the big cities there? I took a bs degree in international hospitality management majoring in culinary arts and already have years of experience. Your reply is greatly greatly appreciated. Thank you! =)

    • Hi Sab, thanks for your comments! Good luck with the move, my first advice is to sign up for Norway Weekly where you’ll find lots of useful information about life here in Norway. There’s no such thing as a cheap flat, but if you want to save money you can look for a flatshare, which many adults do these days. Good luck!

      • God morgon, David, Thank you so much for the helpful too! Just one snag: I just clicked on the link for Expat Weekly twice in a row, and each time, I was taken to a puzzling webpage, seeming to belong to Verizon. Each time, what I saw was something like, “The website Expat Weekly doesn’t exist right now….” If you have any further information about how I can connect to this group online, I’d be very grateful to you.

  5. Hi David,

    Found you’re blog while I was looking for some advice on my planned trip to Norway. It is indeed informative.

    We are planning to tour Norway for 10 days, staying at liilihammer, trondhiem and one more location still undecided but some mid point between oslo and Bergen. Any advise as we are visting Norway for the first time

  6. Hello David,
    Janie here in Austin Texas. I wanted to tell you how much I like your Moon guidebook on Norway. I will be there in late May and will include a much anticipated visit to the Lofoten Islands for 5 days. Do you have a recommendation on an island to base out of for lodging?

  7. HI guys, been living on Norway (Oslo and Drammen) for 4 years but only just found your site (when searching on the Corona virus). Great site with a lot of useful and up to date information. Will be visiting again soon and would consider putting together an article or too as well. Cheers Jim

  8. Hi, just found your website while researching Covid19. Our son and his family moved to Norway to work last August. We want to post them some birthday presents, his climbing equipment and other useful items, as we can’t visit at the moment. We aren’t clear about how to do this. He tells me that he will have to pay import tax and vat on anything that we send. Is this right? How can we label the parcel to show it includes presents and used items of clothing and toys?
    Many thanks
    Roger and Chris

  9. An update. Apparently, if you send chocolate or similar you fall foul of the Norwegian sugar tax. I have been successfully sending small parcels, (less than 2 kg) of children’s clothing presents via Royal Mail. Postage is about 18 UK pounds and they take about 2 weeks to be delivered but no import duty has had to be paid (yet!).


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