Moving to Norway? Stress-Free Relocations with Schepens

Ready to embrace the beauty of Norway? Schepens is your expert partner for a smooth, hassle-free relocation. Whether you’re moving home, a business, or just a few items, we’ve got you covered from the UK to Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Tromsø, Stavanger and locations across Norway.

Simplifying Your Removals to Norway

At Schepens, we know moving can be overwhelming, especially to a new country. That’s why we handle everything for you:

  • Expert Guidance – Our move coordinators help you navigate Norwegian customs, find the most cost-effective routes, and pick the perfect moving date.
  • Personalised Solutions – We offer tailored solutions for all your relocation needs, big or small.
  • Peace of Mind – Our experienced team and in-transit insurance ensure your belongings arrive safely and on time.
  • Cost-Effective Services – Enjoy competitive rates and weekly runs to for affordable removals to Norway.

“I would like to thank Schepens so much for all help regarding our move from London to Oslo, Norway. Outstanding customer service from the whole team from day 1 until everything was delivered. Do not think about contact someone else, I can highly recommend Schepens.”

Fredrik

Your Norway Move Questions Answered!

We’re a family-run company with generations of experience, dedicated to excellent customer service, and trained to the highest standards. Let us make your removals to Norway stress-free!

Our BAR-trained movers carefully pack your items, and our modern vehicles have specialised suspension to minimise movement during your removals to Norway.

Absolutely! We offer full packing services, or we can provide boxes if you’d prefer to pack yourself. Pianos, antiques, and artwork are carefully handled by our specialist team.

Yes! Our team knows the ins and outs of Norwegian customs; we ensure your paperwork is accurate and assist with the customs clearance process, so you can focus on settling in.

The timeframe for removals to Norway depends on factors like the size of your move (part load or full load) and the distance between your origin in the UK and your final destination in Norway. A straightforward move from London to Oslo would likely take 3-4 days. We can provide a more accurate estimate when you get a free quote!

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    Flexible, Tailored Services for Removals to Norway

    • Full or Part Loads – Whether you’re moving a whole house or just a few items, we’ve got the right solution.
    • Free, No-Obligation Survey – Schedule a convenient online or in-person survey to get an accurate quote and helpful moving tips.
    • Professional Packing Services -Save time and stress – our expert packers will carefully handle all your belongings.
    • Customs Guidance – Leave the paperwork to us! We know the ins and outs of Norwegian customs for a smooth transition.
    • In-Transit Insurance Cover – Enjoy peace of mind knowing your belongings are protected. Additional coverage options available.
    • Specialist RemovalsPianos, artwork, antiques – our experienced team can transport your most precious items safely.

    Let Schepens handle the details for you.

    Fun Facts About Norway

    8 Fun Facts About Norway

    Mention Norway and people tend to think: Northern Lights, fjords, snow, mountains and maybe the Nobel Peace Price. Well, it won’t surprise you to know that there’s a whole lot more to discover about Norway, and we’ve picked out the 8 most fascinating fun facts about Norway we’ve encountered – so far!

    Norwegians are encouraged to forage for berries, unless they’re ‘cloudberries’. These are considered the ‘gold of berries’ and appear for just a few weeks in the summer. Try picking one of these in a fenced off area and you may get a farmer chasing you with a gun!

    The Telemark ski was invented by Sondre Norheim back in the 19th century – but that’s not where it all started. For that you need to go back 4,000 years! Ancient carvings on rock in northern Norway show prototype Norwegians on skis.

    Salmon didn’t feature in sushi dishes until a visiting Norwegian delegation suggested its addition in the 1980s. It proved so popular, especially amongst young people, that Norwegian seafood exports have benefited greatly over the past 30 years.

    Edvard Munch painted ‘The Scream’ on a hill named ‘Valhallveien’ just outside Oslo. We tend to think of it as an exploration of the individual’s existential despair. Munch, however, said he was painting a ‘large scream that passed through nature”.

    Ever been caught in a ‘maelstrom’ of forces? The word refers to being sucked into events beyond your power. In Norway you can see an actual maelstrom in Saltstraumen. It is the strongest tidal current in the world, and a terrifying spectacle.

    This fascinating town is so close to the Russian border that signs are bilingual, and many shops offer special deals tailored for Russian shoppers. During WW2 Russians occupied the town and you can visit a bunker with a gory history from that time.

    On the windswept, rocky coastline of Vardo you’ll find an extraordinary memorial to the women who were burnt as witches in the 17th century. Looking like an ancient longboat, cocooned in silk, the artwork keeps an eternal fire blazing in their memory.

    The Lærdal Tunnel tunnel is 15 miles long. It is easily the longest tunnel in the world. In fact it’s so long that features are incorporated to keep drivers alert. These include changing lighting states and caves every 6km to separate each section of the road.

    Schepens currently offers removals to the following towns and cities in Norway:

    OsloBergenStavangerTrondheim, Fredrikstad-Sarpsborg, Drammen, Porsgrunn-Skien, Kristiansands, TromsøTonsberg, Ålesund, Haugesund, SandefjordMoss, Bodø, Arendal, Hamar, Larvik, Halden and Harstad.

    Your search for a reliable Norway removals service ends here. With Schepens, experience a smooth, stress-free move backed by our expertise and local knowledge.

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    Living in Norway vs UK

    Moving to another country means a change to absolutely every aspect of your life – from how you shop, to where you socialise, to what you do to relax. As long-standing providers of removals to Norway, we see the differences from the outside. But how do expats experience it in their daily lives?


    We asked clients who’d made the move to Norway to compare their experience with that of living in the UK. These are the responses they gave:

    1. Better Transport Infrastructure than UK. Norway is geographically challenged by fjords, mountains and sea. Despite that, it’s pretty easy to get around the country by train, plane, bus or car. Public transport is pricey but you can rely on it. And if you live in Oslo, you’re able to walk or cycle most places in the city, or rely on an excellent rail or bus system to get where you want to go.

    2. Norway has 50% More Coastline Than UK. Despite the UK being an island, it just doesn’t compare when it comes to length of coastline. Norway has 25,148 km of stunning cost, and the Hurtigruten ferry offers access to it several times each day. A side product of this natural resource is the fresh fish available – some of the best in the world.

    3. The Coffee is Equally Good in Norway and the UK. Norway is second only to Finland in terms of European coffee consumption. Norwegians consume 9.9kg per capita, per year – so it has to be good. And it’s not just the taste, or strength. The coffee culture is fun, and the coffee shops are lovely. But it can get obsessional, with people travelling to a city just to try out a new coffee shop!!

    4. Shopping in Better in the UK Than in Norway. Norway imports many of its foodstuffs, which is why they’re so expensive. And the selection in supermarkets comes nowhere near what’s on offer in the UK. Alcohol is also something of an issue. There are state-owned suppliers of alcohol that are only open at specific times during the week.

    5. Norway is Less Socially Competitive Than UK. Norwegians abide by a social code that requires they don’t boast about their wealth or their accomplishments in public. This is thought to deliver a happier society, where people are more focused on their family and their social responsibilities, rather than the acquisition of wealth.


    Schepens has been providing removals to Norway for over a century now, and we always enjoy the opportunity to work and experience this beautiful country. Our aim has always been to create stress-free removals for our movers, so that they begin their new life, in a new country, free from move-related anxieties.

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    Over the past decade of the annual World Happiness Report, Norway has consistently featured in the top 10 countries. The reasons include a healthy work-life balance, the low crime rate, a strong sense of community and national trust in government policy. Small wonder then, that working and living in Norway is a popular option for Brits.

    PLEASE CALL 01794 323558 FOR YOUR FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTE ON REMOVALS TO NORWAY!

    If you’re thinking of moving to Norway for work, take a look at our step-by-step guide. Schepens has been moving families to Scandanavia for over 100 years now. We’re specialist providers with a detailed knowledge of the country and an ongoing passion for providing stress-free removals to Norway.


    1. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND VISA

    The UK left the EU in 2021, so British citizens now face different entry requirements to Norway.

    UK passport holders can spend up to 90 days in Norway, without a visa, in a period of 180 days. If, however, you want to move to Norway for more than 90 days, or permanently, you will need a residence permit.

    There are different types of residence permit for Norway. Here are the ones that apply to most movers from the UK:

    • Family immigration. If you have family in Norway, or a spouse who is a Norwegian citizen and is resident in Norway, you can apply for a family immigration residence permit.
    • Work immigration. If you have a contract to work in Norway, you can apply for a work immigration residence permit. You will be required to prove that you are a skilled worker, run your own business, have been offered a job, or that you are planning to do seasonal work.

    The Directorate of Immigration website offers a full list of residence permit options.

    2. OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT IN NORWAY

    One of the first things you’ll need to do is open a bank account with one of Norway’s major banks such as Norges bank, Nordea or DNB ASA. If you’re planning to stay in Norway longer than 3 months, you’ll need a Norwegian National Insurance number (ID number). These are issued by your local tax assessment office.

    3. FINDING A JOB IN NORWAY

    You’ll need to have a job in order to be granted residency. The jobs market is highly competitive, and jobseekers who are willing to learn Norwegian stand a better chance in it, as employers prefer hiring people who know the language. It’s worth finding out which occupations are most in demand as these are the areas where you’re most likely to find work.

    4. SOMEWHERE TO LIVE

    It’s a good idea to rent for your first year in Norway, so that you can take your time deciding where you want to put down roots. Cities offer the most choice but tend to be more expensive. Rental deposits are steep; three months’ rent is the normal deposit. It’s also worth checking what’s covered in rental as you’ll normally need to factor in utilities on top of what you pay.

    5. HEALTHCARE IN NORWAY

    Healthcare in Norway is high quality and affordable. It’s free for young people under the age of 16. In all other cases medical, dental and optician treatments incurs a reasonable fee for all treatment, until a financial threshold is reached, at which point treatment costs are covered by public insurance. Being registered with a GP is the gateway to all healthcare services, so finding one needs to be a priority when you arrive.

    6. EDUCATION IN NORWAY

    Norway’s education system is highly regarded and young people are required to attend between the ages 6-16. Public education is free, and all the classes are delivered in Norwegian. There are also a number of international schools operating in Norway. They’re expensive but they offer a UK curriculum and classes are taught in English.

    7. THE COST OF LIVING

    Norway is a hugely expensive place to live. In 2022 it is in the top 10 most expensive place in the world to live. The high prices are offset by salaries but it’s worth researching the cost of staples, utilities, and commodities before you arrive, in order to be able to make informed decisions about the amount you need to earn in order to live comfortably.


    WORKING WITH AN EXPERIENCED REMOVALS PARTNER

    Many of our clients are managing their first European removal, and the sheer logistical complexity can feel overwhelming. That’s why we appoint a dedicated Move Co-ordinator to all our movers. This is someone with detailed knowledge of their destination and extensive experience of removals to Norway. They work with you from preparing your no-obligation quotation through to managing the arrival of your goods in your new home.

    At Schepens we ship regularly to a range of locations across Norway which means we’re able to offer flexible scheduling, and the option of either dedicated or part load shipping. Every member of our removals team is BAR trained providing a professional and proactive service throughout your move.


    Schepens currently move to the following towns in Norway: OsloBergenStavangerTrondheim, Fredrikstad-Sarpsborg, Drammen, Porsgrunn-Skien, Kristiansands, Tromsø, Tonsberg, Ålesund, Haugesund, Sandefjord, Moss, Bodø, Arendal, Hamar, Larvik, Halden and Harstad.


    IF YOU ARE RELOCATING TO NORWAY, USE SCHEPENS!

    AT SCHEPENS WE’RE PROUD OF OUR REPUTATION FOR SECOND-TO-NONE CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR REMOVALS TO NORWAY. CALL US TODAY ON 01794 323558 TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN SUPPORT YOU IN YOUR MOVE OR RELOCATION.

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    Working in Norway

    What’s it Like Working in Norway?

    If you love the adventure of working overseas and you’re looking for new opportunities, working in Norway should definitely be on your radar. Whilst oil and gas have traditionally been the Norwegian industries attracting overseas professionals, their hugely successful tech sector is currently recruiting globally. Quite apart from the exciting job opportunities available, working in Norway achieves top ranking when it comes to a healthy work-life balance. Employees in Oslo take an average of 25 days’ vacation each year, and parents enjoy 23.5 months of paid parental care, which is currently the most generous allowance in the world.


    Why the Technology Sector is Thriving in Norway

    The Norwegian tech sector is incredibly attractive to foreign professionals. Its success is driven by a number of key factors that contribute to the appeal of working in Norway:

    • Norway Attracts The Best. The Nordic countries enjoy a high standard of living that attracts international applicants to jobs. As a result, IT businesses in Norway have a distinct advantage when it comes to recruiting the best talent available for their workforce.
    • Commitment to Gender Equality. Norway is recognised for its historic commitment to gender equality. This commitment to equality fosters a diverse and inclusive business environment, further fuelling the growth of the technology sector.
    • Strong Technological Infrastructure. Norway’s ongoing investment in its technological infrastructure plays a crucial role in its emergence as a prominent technology hub. Working in Norway provides access to advanced telecommunications networks, reliable internet connectivity, and a supportive ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship.
    • Government Support and Incentives. The Norwegian government proactively supports the tech sector through their initiatives and incentives. These measures provide funding, favourable business regulations, and tax incentives, which encourages the growth of tech startups and attracts foreign investment.
    • Thriving Tech Ecosystem. Norway demonstrates a clear understanding of the ecosystem required to support a growing industry. Numerous incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces provides aspiring entrepreneurs and tech professionals with the resources, networking opportunities, and mentorship they need to succeed.

    APPLYING FOR A VISA TO WORK IN NORWAY

    Citizens from the UK need a residence permit in order to work in Norway. There are different types of permit you can apply for, dependent on whether you’re entering the country as a skilled worker, a seasonal worker, or a job seeker. If you are looking for work in the tech sector, you would need to apply for a skilled work permit.

    Skilled Work Permit/Residence Permit

    The criteria for a skilled residence permit are as follows:

    • Completion of a relevant HE degree or vocational training.
    • Relevant experience for your chosen occupation, including education and vocational training.
    • A confirmed job offer from an employer in Norway, offering a salary which exceeds the average Norwegian wage.

    Skilled work permit holders can apply for permanent residence in Norway once they have lived and worked in the country for three years. This permit also allows international employees to work in their company’s branch in Norway.

    What’s It Like Working In Norway?

    For over a century now, Schepens has been providing removals to Norway for movers who are starting jobs in Oslo, Bergen or Trondheim. A number of them subsequently decide to make Norway their permanent home. We asked them what it’s like working in Norway, on a day-to-day basis?

    WORKING IN NORWAY IS BETTER IF YOU KNOW THE LANGUAGE

    “Most Norwegians I know are fluent in English outside the workplace, but they’re sticklers for speaking Norwegian once the working day begins. There are some exceptions, and English is now being spoken in more workplaces but don’t expect it. I could get by with just English, but I couldn’t express my personality properly until I knew some Norwegian and began to develop friendships.”

    YOU’LL HAVE MORE FREEDOM OVER YOUR WORKING HOURS

    “I’ve only worked in a couple of Norwegian workplaces but it’s noticeable that employees are listened to, and their needs are respected. For instance, since the pandemic, there’s more demand for flexible working. Where I work now there are core hours when you need to be at work, but then there are flexible hours at the beginning and end of the day that you can use to organise school runs etc.”

    OFFICE DESIGN IS AMAZING

    “Fresh air, great views, and a calm environment are all things that are expected in a Norwegian workspace and I’d happily live in my current workspace, it’s so beautiful! I’ve always worked in environments where people chat and eat and work around the distractions, whereas here, focus is all. The office can feel a bit too quiet at times, I admit, but it’s just a case of getting used to different ways of working.”

    OSLO IS INCREDIBLY DIVERSE

    “When I came to work in Oslo, I was expecting an international team to work with (which I have), but what I didn’t expect was the diversity of the city population. Around a third of people living here come from elsewhere, so I immediately felt ‘at home’. I’ve met great people both from Norway and around the globe, and I love living and working in Norway”


    RELOCATING TO NORWAY? SCHEPENS CAN HELP

    We’re a UK-based, family-run business – now in our 4th generation of removals – and we know Norway well. Over the decades we have become a leading provider of European removals to Norway, with a reputation for providing stress-free relocations. Schepens makes weekly runs to a range of Norwegian location which means we can offer movers who are going to be working in Norway, affordable prices, flexible scheduling and drivers who know the country well.

    TAILORED MOVES TO NORWAY FROM THE UK

    Every move is unique, and we respect our movers by treating them accordingly. Each client is allocated a move co-ordinator who will personally manage your move for you. You’ll work with them to develop a tailored removals to Norway plan which, when complete, forms the basis of your free, no obligation removals quote.

    Schepens removals to Norway services include:

    • Customs Paperwork. Our long association with Norway means that we are very familiar with the customs regulations and would be happy to fill in your customs paperwork.
    • Professional Packing Service. We lead busy lives, so if you need a professional team to pack up your home and label your boxes, we can provide it.
    • Insurance. Schepens covers your goods whilst in transit. If you require additional Accidental Damage or Extended Liability cover, your move co-ordinator will arrange it for you.
    • Specialist Removals. If working in Norway means that you need to take a piano (it does happen!), artwork, or fragile antiques as part of your move, we have a specialist team who will manage it for you.
    • Self Storage. Should you need storage in the UK, we have a number of local self storage facilities. They provide a clean, dry and secure environment for your items.
    • Transport. Your goods will be transported in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, ensuring little or no movement of vehicle content.

    Second-to-None Customer Service From Schepens

    “I moved from England to Norway, and Schepens provided the most competitive quote as well as an excellent service from start to finish. Very good communication, a friendly team, efficient and very good packing service (everything arrived intact), all the customs paperwork was sorted very professionally, and the delivery was on the date expected, without any delays. Highly recommend, would definitely use them again for an international move.”

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    IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE WORKING IN NORWAY, WOULD YOU LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR REMOVALS TO NORWAY SERVICE? CALL US TODAY TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE RANGE OF PERSONALISED SUPPORT WE OFFER TO MOVERS – 01794 323558

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    Best Places to Live in Norway

    5 of the Best Places to Live in Norway

    In the past decade, Norway has consistently ranked among the top 10 countries in the World Happiness Index. Renowned for its low crime rate, enviable work-life balance, and strong belief in political integrity, Norway has earned a remarkable reputation. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that UK professionals seeking to live and work abroad now consider Norway as an appealing option. But where are the best places to live in Norway?


    Schepens Removals has been providing stress-free removals to Norway for over a century now and so we’ve got to know very different locations across the country. In this article we provide a brief introduction to the 5 locations most regularly chosen by movers.

    5 Best Places to Live in Norway

    1. Oslo – situated on the southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord.

    As the capital of Norway, Oslo distinguishes itself from its English counterpart with a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. With a population of under a million, the city enjoys a less hectic vibe, aided by its picturesque location. Oslo’s waterfront and harbour promenade provide a captivating fusion of natural surroundings, diverse culinary experiences, and iconic architectural marvels.

    Being a youthful city, Oslo attracts a diverse and international workforce. It’s no surprise considering that recent surveys have consistently ranked Oslo as a global leader in terms of work-life balance. The city’s major industries revolve around IT, environmental technology, and life sciences, making it a hub of innovation and opportunity.

    2. Bergen – located on the western coast of Norway, surrounded by mountains and fjords.

    Bergen, a quaint port town with a population of less than 500,000, boasts an impressive reputation. Home to the University of Bergen, it thrives as a vibrant urban centre, offering a packed schedule of cultural events throughout the year. Situated on the southwestern coast, Bergen is enveloped by seven breath-taking mountains, adding to its allure.

    It’s worth noting that the city has a well-known reputation for its rainfall, and more often than not, we find ourselves getting wet during Schepen’s regular visits to Bergen. However, this lively port exudes a unique charm that is hard to resist. Exploring the winding alleyways of the old docks and discovering the delightful independent shops and exceptional coffee spots is a delightful temptation, making every visit to Bergen an unforgettable experience.

    3. Kristiansand – situated on the southern coast of Norway, overlooking the Skagerrak strait.

    Situated on the southern coast of Norway, Kristiansand, the country’s fifth-largest city is known as the Norwegian Riviera. The distinction arises from its position at the heart of a region adorned with small islands, idyllic beaches, and laid-back towns.

    Remarkably, Kristiansand features a beach right in its centre, which adds to its allure. This picturesque setting enjoys plenty of sunshine during the summer months, making it a magnet for tourists seeking relaxation and natural beauty. Furthermore, the city is a highly desirable place to live, offering excellent schools and a well-developed infrastructure, making it an attractive place to call home.

    4. Stavanger – situated on the southwestern coast overlooking the North Sea.

    With a population of 144,000, Stavanger proudly claims the title of being the best place to live in all of Norway, and it’s not without reason. Situated on the captivating west coast renowned for its untamed beauty, Stavanger offers convenient access to some of the country’s most famous fjords.

    While Norway is not lacking in universities, Stavanger stands out with its impressive concentration. Hosting three universities, the town buzzes with energy during term time, creating a vibrant atmosphere. Interestingly, each summer brings about a remarkable transformation as a serene and almost Zen-like calm descends upon Stavanger, lending it a distinct and tranquil ambiance.

    5. Tromsø – situated in the north of Norway, surrounded by mountains.

    For those seeking an exhilarating Arctic adventure, Tromsø is the ultimate destination. Situated above the Arctic Circle, it experiences polar winters, with a period from 21st September to 21st January when the sun remains unseen. Being Norway’s largest fishing port, Tromsø is encompassed by majestic snow-covered mountains.

    As the capital of northern Norway, Tromsø boasts a vibrant cultural landscape that harmonises with the mesmerising arctic beauty of the region. The city proudly hosts one of the world’s prominent film festivals annually, attracting global attention. Additionally, Tromsø is home to a renowned university specialising in Arctic research, a symphony orchestra, and a distinguished theatre company, creating a rich cultural tapestry that enhances the city’s allure.


    BESPOKE EUROPEAN REMOVALS TO NORWAY

    Removals to Norway can be a complex process, requiring expert support along the way. We allocate all our Norwegian movers a professional move co-ordinator. This is someone who knows the country well and has managed numerous moves to various locations. They will advise on the most cost-effective way to manage your move and create a tailored removals plan reflecting your specific requirements.

    Schepens’ removals to Norway services include:

    • Pre-Removals Survey. Carried out online, or face-to-face, this survey allows us to understand the size and scope of your move. Once done, we’ll provide a no obligation, detailed removals quotation to help with your budgeting.
    • Customs Paperwork. We know and understand Norway’s customs regulations and would be happy to complete your customs paperwork for you.
    • Professional Packing Service. Our BAR trained professional packing team will pack up your home in hours, label all your boxes, and create a detailed shipping inventory.
    • Insurance. Your goods are insured whilst in transit. Should you require Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability insurance, we can arrange cover.
    • Specialist Removals Teams. If you would like to include a pianoartwork or antiques in your move to Norway, our specialist team will provide bespoke packaging, handling and shipping.
    • UK Self Storage. For movers that require storage in the UK, Schepens has a number of local storage facilities. We provide door-to-door delivery, and a secure environment.
    • Transport. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

    Schepens Provides an Excellent Service for Movers

    “I moved from England to Norway, and Schepens provided the most competitive quote as well as an excellent service from start to finish. Very good communication, a friendly team, efficient and very good packing service (everything arrived intact), all the customs paperwork was sorted very professionally, and the delivery was on the date expected, without any delays. Highly recommend, would definitely use them again for an international move.”

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    PLANNING A MOVE TO ONE OF OUR BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN NORWAY? CALL SCHEPENS TODAY TO FIND OUT ABOUT OUR STRESS-FREE REMOVALS TO NORWAY – 01794 323558

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    Moving From UK to Norway

    MOVING FROM UK TO NORWAY IS STRESS-FREE WITH SCHEPENS

    If your thoughts are turning to Scandinavia as a great place to work or study overseas, you’ll certainly be taking a close look at Norway as a possible destination. Schepens has been helping professionals, students and families with removals to Norway for more than 100 years, so we’re very familiar with this beautiful country, and we’re specialists when it comes to the logistics of moving there.


    Norway has a successful and robust economy, thanks to a business sector that has shown flexibility and adaptability to new industries and ways of working. Sustainable business is an intrinsic goal across Norway, and key business priorities are innovation, knowledge development and technology.  English is widely spoken, to a high standard, in the business community.

    WORKING IN NORWAY

    UK citizens can stay in Norway for up to 90 days, in any year, without needing a visa. If you have a contract to teach a short specialist course, for example, it’s unlikely that you will need a work visa. If you are moving from UK to Norway for more than 90 days to work and live, you will need a residence permit.

    There are different types of residence permit for moving from UK to Norway. Here are the ones that apply to most movers from the UK:

    • Family immigration. If your family is in Norway, or your spouse is a Norwegian citizen and resident in Norway, you can apply for a family immigration residence permit.
    • Work immigration. If you have been offered employment in Norway, you can apply for a work immigration residence permit. You will be asked to prove that you are a skilled worker, run your own business, have been offered a job, or that you are planning to do seasonal work. The 2023 Shortage Occupations List is a good guide to the kind of work you will be likely to find in Norway.

    The Directorate of Immigration website offers a full list of residence permit options.

    HEALTHCARE IN NORWAY

    If you have successfully applied for a Residence Permit for Work you’ll be able to access the Norwegian healthcare system. It’s paid for through taxes and medical fees up to the equivalent of around £240. Beyond that an exemption certificate means that all further treatment throughout the year is free. New residents in Norway are allocated a GP but they have the opportunity to change to another twice in the course of a year.

    If emergency care is required you should visit the nearest emergency room. Call 116 117 to find the nearest one.

    EDUCATION IN NORWAY

    Schooling starts at a much younger age in Norway than in the UK. Around 70% of children attend a barnehage or pre-school from around the age of one. By the age of three 96% of Norwegian children are attending.

    Primary and lower secondary schooling covers ages 6-15. Upper secondary schooling comprises 3 years’ general education or 4 years’ vocational training. There is a range of educational options: public schools are free, and the teaching language is Norwegian. Private and international schools are fee-paying.

    Whilst an international school is the most expensive option, children who’ll be attending school in Norway for a limited period will be taught in English and are able to stay up to date with their home curriculum.

    THE BUSINESS CULTURE IN NORWAY

    Workplaces may look the same from one country to another, but the way people behave within them differs significantly. The working week is a standard 37 hours in Norway, and that’s the expectation – overtime is an aberration rather than a norm. Time spent with the family is highly valued, so workplaces tend to be flexible about start and finish times in order to facilitate school pick-ups, and drop-offs.

    The majority of Norwegian workplaces have a flat structure; even the CEO considers themselves a part of the workforce. The goal is that every employee has a say in, and a responsibility for, the success of the business they work in.

    COST OF LIVING IN NORWAY

    Everyday costs are expensive in Norway, although – of course – this is somewhat dependent on the kind of lifestyle you have and where you live. Oslo is the most expensive place to live in Norway, with consumer prices 5.4% higher than in London. Rents, however, are nearly 50% cheaper, and a meal in a restaurant is 7.8% higher. For a comparative snapshot of London and Oslo, take a look at the Numbeo website.


    IF YOU WOULD LIKE A QUOTE FOR REMOVALS TO NORWAY, CONTACT SCHEPENS TODAY ON 01794 323558.


    SCHEPENS ARE SPECIALIST SCANDINAVIAN MOVERS

    Schepens is a family-run removals company, based in the UK. We’re specialist providers of Scandinavian removals, largely because of our century of experience. We make weekly runs to locations across Norway and, because of the regularity of our trips, we’re able to offer movers flexible scheduling, affordable prices, and full or part loads.

    BESPOKE REMOVALS TO NORWAY

    Anyone in the process of moving from UK to Norway will know that there’s nothing ‘standard’ about it. That’s why Schepens doesn’t offer standard removals. Every mover is allocated a move co-ordinator, with specialist knowledge of their destination. They will guide you step-by-step through removals to Norway. The first stage is to create a bespoke removals plan, created to your specific requirements.

    • Free Removals Assessment. We’ll set up an online, or face-to-face removals assessment. This allows us to offer guidance on the kind of services you may need for your removals to Norway. Once we know the size of your move, we’ll be able to provide a detailed and accurate removals quotation to help with your budgeting.
    • Professional Packing Service. Our professional packers will pack up your home in hours for you, label boxes, and create a detailed inventory for shipping.
    • Customs Paperwork. We know and understand Norway’s customs regulations thoroughly. We will be happy to complete your customs paperwork for you.
    • Transit Insurance. Schepens insures your goods during transit. Should you require additional insurance such as Extended Liability or Accidental Damage, we can arrange cover.
    • Specialist Removals Team. If you’re shipping a piano, fragile goods, antiques, or artworks, Schepens can provide bespoke packaging, handling and shipping.
    • Self Storage. Should you need to store items in the UK, Schepens has secure, local storage facilities. We provide a door-to-door service and a secure environment.
    • Removals Vehicles. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

    SCHEPENS EMPLOYEES GO THE EXTRA MILE

    “I moved from England to Norway, and Schepens provided the most competitive quote as well as an excellent service from start to finish. Very good communication, a friendly team, efficient and very good packing service (everything arrived intact), all the customs paperwork was sorted very professionally, and the delivery was on the date expected, without any delays. Highly recommend, would definitely use them again for an international move.”

    Verified Reviewer

    Schepens currently move to all the major towns and cities in Norway, including:

    OsloBergenStavangerTrondheim, Fredrikstad-Sarpsborg, Drammen, Porsgrunn-Skien, Kristiansands, Tromsø, Tonsberg, Ålesund, Haugesund, SandefjordMoss, Bodø, Arendal, Hamar, Larvik, Halden and Harstad.


    ARE YOU THINKING OF MOVING FROM UK TO NORWAY? YOU WON’T BEAT SCHEPENS REMOVALS TO NORWAY FOR PRICE, CUSTOMER SERVICE AND PROFESSIONAL EFFICIENCY. CALL US TODAY ON 01794 323558

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    Norway Quality of Life

    Unveiling the “Good Life” – How We Measure Quality of Life in Norway

    Imagine yourself surrounded by breathtaking fjords, with fresh air filling your lungs and the promise of a healthy, balanced life. This is the dream many hold of Norway, a country renowned for its stunning landscapes and progressive social policies. But for those considering a move, a crucial question arises: how exactly do you measure “Norway quality of life”?

    Here at Schepens Removals, we have over a century’s experience moving families, retirees, and professionals to Norway. This means that we understand the importance of looking beyond the picturesque landscapes. Quality of life is a multifaceted concept, and what makes one person thrive might not resonate with another.

    That’s why we’ll be taking a detailed look at Norwegian life, exploring both the objective factors – the measurable aspects like healthcare and cost of living – and the subjective experiences that paint a more personal picture. By combining these viewpoints, we can help you decide if Norway offers the kind of life you want.


    Norway Quality of Life – Exploring the Key Indicators

    To understand and evaluate the ‘good life’ in Norway, we’ll be using the key indicators used by the European Commission to assess quality of life across countries. These indicators provide a framework for understanding the different facets of a fulfilling life:

    1. Material Living Conditions
    2. Leisure and Social Interactions
    3. Economic Security and Physical Safety
    4. Governance and Basic Rights
    5. Natural and Living Environment
    6. Overall Experience of Life

    It’s important, however, to look at all these indicators together, as there can be trade-offs between them. For instance, a high income may come at the sacrifice of less leisure time.

    1. Material Living Conditions in Norway – A Balanced Perspective

    Norway consistently ranks high in overall quality of life, but it’s important to understand the nuances of living costs and income within the country. Let’s break it down:

    • Cost of Living – A Mixed Bag. Compared to London, Oslo offers significantly lower rent (over 50% less), making it a more affordable option overall. However, groceries and restaurant prices in Norway tend to be higher. Source: Numbeo
    • Taxation – The Cost of Social Benefits. Norway’s famed social welfare system is funded through high taxes. It’s helpful to remember this system provides benefits like universal healthcare, which can offset expenses in the long run.
    • Salaries and Purchasing Power. Norwegians earn impressive salaries, but taxes and living costs can offset those numbers. Still, the overall purchasing power in Oslo remains higher than in London.
    • Practical Cost Considerations. Norway’s colder climate means higher utility costs, especially in winter. Choosing the right location also impacts your monthly expenses, with city centres being more expensive.

    2. Leisure and Social Interactions in Norway – Embracing Time Off and the Outdoors

    Norwegians are renowned for their emphasis on a balanced lifestyle, where leisure time plays a vital role in their overall well-being. Here’s a glimpse into how this translates into everyday life:

    • Work-Life Balance – A Priority. Compared to many other nations, Norwegians enjoy shorter workweeks and generous vacation entitlements. This translates to ample time for relaxation, travel, and pursuing personal interests.
    • The Great Outdoors Beckons. With stunning natural landscapes at their doorstep, Norwegians embrace outdoor activities year-round. Hiking, skiing, fishing, or simply spending time in nature are deeply ingrained in the culture.
    • Community and Connection. While Norwegians may initially seem reserved, they value strong social bonds. Time off is often spent with friends and family, fostering a sense of belonging.
    • The Importance of “Friluftsliv“. This Norwegian term translates to “free air life”, emphasising the profound connection Norwegians feel with nature. It’s a philosophy of recharging and finding joy in the outdoors.

    Learning Norwegian will broaden your opportunities to join social circles and partake in activities, enhancing your overall experience.


    3. Economic Security and Physical Safety in Norway – A Sense of Stability

    Norway consistently ranks as one of the safest and most economically secure countries in the world. Here’s why:

    Exceptionally Low Crime Rates – With a low crime index, low homicide rate, and low risk of assaults or robberies, Norway creates a strong sense of safety for its residents. This is supported by statistics like 93% of people feeling safe walking alone at night, far exceeding the OECD average.

    Economic Stability – While income inequality exists, Norway boasts a high average household net-adjusted disposable income, surpassing the OECD average. In addition, unemployment benefits and social programs offer a safety net, mitigating financial anxieties for residents.

    Source: OECD Better Life Index

    Key Takeaways:

    • Peace of Mind. Norway provides an environment where you can feel at ease, knowing that the likelihood of crime is low and that resources are available if you face economic hardship.
    • A Foundation for Well-Being. This sense of security allows you to focus on other aspects of life, such as building meaningful relationships, pursuing hobbies, and enjoying leisure time without worry.

    4. Governance and Basic Rights in Norway – Trust, Transparency, and Citizen Voices

    Norway stands out for its commitment to democratic principles, strong institutions, and robust protection of individual rights. Here’s a breakdown of these pillars:

    High Democratic Satisfaction – Consistently high rates of citizen satisfaction with democracy reflect trust in the system and a belief that it functions effectively. This signifies that people feel heard and believe the system works for them.

    Strong Welfare State and Inclusive Services – Norway’s emphasis on providing universal healthcare and social services demonstrates a commitment to the well-being of all citizens. This fosters a sense of equity and belonging.

    Integrity and Accountability – High levels of public sector integrity inspire trust in institutions. This translates to transparent decision-making and a belief that government works on behalf of the people.

    Critical Trust – While Norwegians exhibit high trust in government, it’s not blind trust. Citizens hold institutions accountable and expect responsiveness to changing needs and circumstances. This keeps the system dynamic and engaged.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Voice and Agency. Norway’s democratic system promotes a sense that individuals have a say in shaping their society. This sense of agency is vital for well-being.
    • Foundation for Success. Strong governance, a focus on citizen needs, and high integrity provide a stable foundation for personal freedoms and opportunities to thrive.

    5. Balancing Progress and Preservation: Norway’s Environmental Dilemma

    Norway faces a fundamental dilemma: it’s a global leader in renewable energy and clean technologies yet remains heavily reliant on its status as a significant oil and gas exporter.

    This conflict arises from Norway’s substantial fossil fuel reserves and the continued expansion of production, even into environmentally sensitive areas like the Arctic. Furthermore, the nation’s exploration of deep-sea mining raises additional ecological concerns.

    This contradiction highlights the challenge of balancing economic interests with sustainability goals, a dilemma that Norway must carefully navigate to maintain its reputation as an environmental frontrunner.


    6. Overall Life Experience in Norway – Voices from Those Who Made the Move

    As a specialist provider of removals to Norway, Schepens has helped countless movers embark on their Norwegian adventure. We decided to check in with some of our previous clients to hear their firsthand experiences about living in Norway. Here’s what they shared:

    1. A People-First Society

    “Norway’s strong economy certainly creates stability, but what impressed me most is the culture. People matter here. I no longer see the social problems that made me uneasy back home. That sense of security makes a world of difference.”

    – Sarah Thompson, Retiree

    2. Embracing the Outdoors

    ‘Friluftsliv’ is more than a word, it’s a way of life. Being outdoors, even in harsh weather, is invigorating. It connects you with the landscape in a unique way and does wonders for your mental health.”

    – Erik Jensen, Marketing Executive

    3. Work-Life Integration

    “The workplace flexibility took me by surprise. I feel trusted to design my schedule in a way that benefits both my work and my family life. Meetings outdoors? Why not! It all adds to feeling valued as a whole person.”

    – Aisha Mohammed, Software Engineer:

    4. Right to Roam

    “I miss my mates in the UK, but the freedom to explore Norway’s incredible landscapes makes up for it. Hiking, camping, being alone with nature – that right to roam gives me a sense of ownership in this country, even as a newcomer.”

    – Liam O’Brien, Construction Worker

    Norway offers a unique blend of social security, a stunning natural environment, progressive workplaces, and a deep respect for individual freedoms. These firsthand accounts provide a glimpse into the quality of life that awaits those who choose to make Norway their home.


    Ready to Experience the Norway Quality of Life?

    We’ve explored the many different facets that make Norway a place known for its exceptional quality of life. From material well-being to the freedom of outdoor living, Norway offers a unique and fulfilling lifestyle.

    If you’re contemplating a move, let Schepens guide the way. With decades of experience in removals to Scandinavia, we can help make your transition stress-free. Here’s how:

    • Tailored moving plans. We understand your individual needs and create a plan to ensure your belongings arrive safely and on time.
    • Stress-free logistics. Our team handles the paperwork, customs, and all the logistics involved in an international move.
    • Expert support every step of the way. We’re here to answer your questions and provide guidance throughout your relocation journey.

    Contact Schepens today for your personalised quote and let us help you with your removals to Norway – 01794 323558

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