Expat’s Guide to Living in Norway

Expat’s Guide to Living in Norway

Expat’s Guide to Living in Norway

Norway is one of the most popular countries for expats from the UK looking to relocate. And it’s easy to see why. It’s known for its stunning fjords, soaring mountain ranges and – of course – the Northern Lights. But, these aren’t not the only attraction. Norway has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe, has some of the lowest pollution, and provides a range of high quality social benefits for its citizens.

If you’re thinking of moving to Norway from the UK there’s plenty of options for you to consider. From the capital port city of Oslo, to the white beaches of Kristiansand, or Tromso, surrounded by mountains, sea and fjords. Each one offering a different experience of this extraordinary country.

Schepens has been offering removals to Norway for over 100 years and during that time we’ve built a close relationship with it. We asked some of our clients to help us put together an expat’s guide to living in Norway for UK movers planning to move there.


1. Start Learning Norwegian

Most Norwegians speak a smattering of English, and many speak it perfectly, but knowing Norwegian is really important of you’re moving there. Without it, you’ll find the layers of bureaucracy difficult to negotiate, and it’s essential if you’re looking for a job. Most important, though, if you want to get to know people in your new home, you’ll only achieve it by speaking their language.

2. Work With a Removals Company That Knows Norway

Norway is a uniquely difficult country to navigate, because of the features for which it is famous – the mountains, fjords and wintry wasteland. If you’re moving to Oslo, shipping your goods shouldn’t be too much of a problem, but if you’re moving to the north of the country, you’ll need a removals company that has experience of wintry Norwegian roads. Lots of areas get cut off in the winter, so you need plenty of contingency planning to ensure success.

3. Healthcare is Great – But it Isn’t Free

Public healthcare in Norway is truly excellent, but you do have to pay for it. Here’s how it works; you are charged a fee for each visit until you reach a certain limit, at which point you’re given an exemption card for the rest of the year. The fees aren’t extortionate, as the government subsidises the healthcare system. Just as in the UK, the waits to see a GP can be quite long.

4. The Countryside Belongs to You

Allemannsrett, or the ‘freedom to roam’ means that every Norwegian has the right to hike or camp anywhere in the country (that isn’t private land) for free. The idea of taking off, with your home in your rucksack and living in the wilderness for a few days, is immensely important for Norwegians. Once you’ve done it once, you ‘get it’; it suddenly feel like ‘lord of all you survey’ and it’s tremendously liberating!

5. Budget Carefully for Your First Month

The cost of living in Norway is hugely expensive – until you start earning. The high wages – even for unskilled jobs – evens out the high prices. The scariest bit of moving to Norway tends to be the first few weeks when you haven’t yet been paid, or you’re still looking for work. So get a grip on your finances in advance and budget realistically based on current cost-of-living reports.


Schepens Provides Removals to Norway

We’re a 4th generation, family-run moving company and one of the leading providers of removals to Norway in the UK. Our goal has always been to provide stress-free European removals and we now have an excellent reputation for doing just that. We travel to Norway several times each week, which means we’re able to offer flexible scheduling to movers, and the option of full or part load containers.


Bespoke European Removals

Moving to Norway from the UK is never a ‘standard’ experience, which is why we don’t treat it as such. Schepens allocate a professional Move Co-ordinator, with excellent local knowledge, to every mover. They will help to create a detailed removals plan, based on your unique requirements. Once this is complete, it will form the basis for your FREE no obligation quotation.

Schepens removals services include:

  • Professional Packing Services. Our industry trained removals teams can pack up your home for you, label your boxes, and create a detailed shipping inventory.
  • Insurance. Your goods will be covered by insurance whilst in transit. Many movers supplement the basic insurance with cover for Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability, which your Move Co-ordinator can arrange.
  • Non-Standard Shipping. We move pianos, fine art and antiques to Norway, thanks to the expertise of our specialist removals teams. They can arrange bespoke packaging, handling and shipping.
  • Self Storage. Should you find that you need self storage in the UK, Schepens has a number of local storage facilities. We provide door-to-door facilities, 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.

A Great Reputation for Customer Service

We take pride in the reputation we’ve built for first-class customer service, but we never take it for granted. We continue, therefore, to ensure that every single employee receive training to industry standards, and feels confident therefore to be a proactive, problem-solving professional. And we will always ‘go the extra mile’ in order to support our customers.

“I just wanted to say how wonderful Schepens staff are. They put my mind at rest about moving and explained everything very clearly. I could not ask for kinder, more considerate people – thank you.”


Moving to Norway? Take a look at our Expat’s Guide to Living in Norway. Schepens has been providing stress-free European removals for over 100 years. Call us on 01794 323558