Everything you need to know about moving to Norway - visa requirements, culture and landmarks, costs of living.
Basic Information About Norway
The country is situated in northern Europe on the Scandinavian Peninsula. It borders with Sweden and Finland. Few islands in the Antarctic are also part of the country. Norway’s coastline is famous because of its unique steep cliffs and narrow inlets, which create the beautiful fyords. It is often said that the country has the highest standard of living in the world. However, because of the country laying so close to the north pole, the climate can be harsh for some. There is a lot of precipitation and one has to prepare for cold and dark winters.
Official Name: Kingdom Of Norway (Kongeriket Norge)
Form Of Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Official Languages: Bokmal Norwegian And Nynorsk
Currency: Norwegian Kroner
Area: 385,199 Square Kilometers
5 Reasons To Move To Norway
1. Beautiful scenery + you can camp anywhere!
There are simply so many breathtaking places in Norway one can be amazed at every step. Whether you want to explore the coastline and see the famous fyords or hike through the mountains and see glaciers, majestic waterfalls and calming green hillsides.
In addition to this, Norway has a unique camping policy, as they allow you to camp anywhere you want. Apart from private properties and national parks of course. But this means there is an opportunity for a real adventure and waking up in a tent to the beautiful sight of majestic mountains or lakes.
2. Progressive society
In general the Nordic countries seem to be very advanced when it comes to their social policies, approach to the human issues, as well as the environment and ecology. There is an equal pay and women are highly respected in the business world. One also has to learn to live in a multicultural society there.
3. High level of education
The government spending on education is one of the highest in the world, which contributes to the well-organized school systems. They put focus on one’s creativity and skills, which reflects later with a higher quality of life. Also, as it is well-funded the students get also many benefits and support from the government. For example, in some schools IT students get a free laptop.
4. Thriving economy
Rich in offshore oilfields and gas Norway is redistributing its wealth to fuel the economy and social benefits for the citizens. Last year the country's economy exceeded any forecasts and it doesn’t seem to slow down.
5. Many people speak English
As a newcomer who hasn’t learnt Norwegian yet it may be terrifying to suddenly move into a new city and not even be able to talk with the neighbours. Fortunately, all of the Norwegian learn English at school, so doing your groceries or asking for a way won’t be a problem in your first days after the arrival. Moreover, many people like practising their language skills so they may be keen on a quick chat in English. When it comes to technicalities even the tax return form can be found and filled in English so don’t be scared of a language barrier.
How to get a visa to Norway?
As the country has a relatively small population they may be somewhat picky when it comes to how many people they want to let in, because it can easily affect their society. The immigration requirements depend on various factors such as your citizenship, work qualifications, wealth. You will need to prove that you are able to maintain yourself financially after coming to the country. Moreover, your potential employer needs to prove that he couldn’t find a suitable person for your position in the country.
If you live in Norway with a work permit for between 4 to 7 years, you will be able to apply for a permanent residence or Norwegian citizenship.
- Fill out the form, which you can find online on the government sites
- Attach 2 passport format photos
- Valid passport
- Travel Insurance
- A letter stating the purpose of visit to Norway
- Flight Reservation with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Norway
- Proof of accommodation for the whole duration of the stay in Norway.
- Proof of civil status
- Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay in Norway
Moving to Norway as an European citizen
If you are from one of the EEA countries the application is rather simple to fill. You will be able to live up to 6 months in Norway and in this period of time you will need to secure a job and get a stable income.
Moving to Norway as a non-European citizen
It will be significantly harder to move to Norway outside of the EU. Because your potential employer needs to prove that he couldn’t find any specialists in the country for you to get a work and stay permit. While the energy industry is the biggest employer in the country, there is a lack of specialists in ICT or healthcare. You can look for the current jobs in demand and see if they match any of your qualifications.
The official currency of Norway is Norwegian Krone. You can find banknotes reaching from 50kr to 1000kr. The coins have values such as 1 kr, 5 kr, 20 kr, 10 kr.
Costs of living
Here is a short list of basic and most common expenses in Norway. It’s worth noting that the average monthly salary is around 30,000kr.
|1 bedroom in city center monthly rent||10,000kr|
|Meal at a regular restaurant||180kr|
|0.5l of domestic beer||60kr|
|0.33 bottle water||26kr|
|1kg of apples||28kr|
|Public transport monthly pass||750kr|
|Gym membership monthly||415kr|