Hello and Goodbye

My name is David and I’m about to embark on the biggest adventure of my life. I’m bidding farewell to Birmingham in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and saying “Hei Norge” to my new home of Oslo, the capital of Norway.

Blink and you’ll miss me. I leave on 2nd May.

Things I know about Norway and Oslo:

  • Vikings
  • It can be warm in the summer but very cold in the winter
  • It snows a lot
  • Most people in Oslo speak pretty good English
  • The northern lights
  • The midnight sun
  • Vikings
  • It’s very expensive
  • Vikings

The point of this blog is to record what I get up to, my attempts to learn Norwegian and of course integrate into the Oslo way of life.

Here we go…

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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.


  1. Hi Dave,

    I just found you today!!! So excited…………………….I would love to eventually live in Norway. I have visited several times and I find it extremely captivating. I would love to hear about your adventures and I promise to follow you closely as you experience the lifestyle of this amazing country.
    I love their language and culture. They fascinate me…….love everything about it.
    Last year, I experienced the May 17th celebration!! I was astonished at how they are soooooo proud to be Norwegian!!! It was just breathtaking! I love the fact that they believe in ” egalitarian principle”…….(so many can learn from them.)
    I have always been intrigued with the Vikings since I was very young. I am a massive fan of the band “a-ha”……I have pics and autographs while attending their concerts from different places all over the world.
    I have been learning their language for a while and I would love to hear how you are doing in that area?

    So, keep the up the great work……..and I love the fact that you are living the life of a Norwegian……please keep in touch!!

    Hyggelig å treffe deg.
    Har det bra!


    1. Hi Elaine, welcome to the blog and thanks for the kind comments! It’s certainly been an eye-opener living with “janteloven” for the past 3+ years, it has its benefits and drawbacks, like all places really, “the grass is always greener on the other side”!

      Thanks for the prompting about a language update post – good call!

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