How to Move to Norway

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How to Move to Norway

Schepens’ Guide to Stress-Free Removals to Norway

Wondering how to move to Norway? You’re in the right place. Schepens Removals is the UK’s specialist in Scandinavian removals. We have been providing stress-free removals to Norway for over a century now, and we make weekly runs to locations across this beautiful country. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and wondering where to start, we’ll walk you through the basics here to get you started.

How to Move to Norway

  1. How to Move to Norway For Work
  2.  Managing Norwegian Customs
  3. Moving Your Car to Norway
  4. Registering For Personal ID, D Number
  5. Finding Somewhere to Live In Norway
  6. Paying Tax in Norway
  7. Healthcare Services
  8. Education Services
  9. Friendly & Supportive Removals to Norway

How to Move to Norway for Work

If you are moving to Norway for more than 90 days to work and live, you will need to apply for 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 a contract for work 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.

2. Managing Norwegian Customs

If you are importing goods to Norway as part of a removals process, you are able to bring most of your household effects free of customs duty and other taxes/duties. You will need to fill in a declaration, however, to facilitate the import of these goods.

Navigating the Norwegian customs regulations is a process that Schepens Removals is very familiar with, and one we regularly manages on behalf of our clients. We can complete the customs paperwork for you.

3. Moving Your Car to Norway

3. Moving Your Car to Norway

If you plan to drive a foreign-registered vehicle in Norway temporarily, you need to apply for a permit within 14 days of your arrival and provide the necessary documentation. However, if you wish to bring your foreign-registered vehicle permanently, you must import it and pay customs duties and taxes.

  • Temporary Driving Permit for Foreign-Registered Vehicle. If you move to Norway, you have the option to apply for a temporary driving permit for a foreign-registered vehicle within 14 days of your arrival. To do so, you’ll need documentation confirming your relocation, which can include a change of residence certificate, an employment contract, or any other relevant documentation.
  • Importing a Foreign-Registered Vehicle to Norway. If you decide to bring your vehicle with you when moving to Norway, you must import the vehicle and pay the required customs duties and taxes. This applies to everyone, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin.

If you’re planning to take your car with you to Norway, Schepens Removals can help with the process and paperwork involved in importing it.

4. Registering For Personal ID, D Number

If you plan to live in Norway for more than six months, you’re required to inform the authorities by attending a personal meeting at a tax office and undergoing an ID check. If you’re moving with your family, they should also be present at the meeting. You will need documentation to support your identity and purpose of stay.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to registering your stay in Norway:

  • Duration of Stay. If you are planning to live in Norway for more than 6 months, you are required to notify the authorities about your move.
  • Booking an Appointment. To begin the process, book an appointment for a personal meeting at a tax office.
  • ID Check. During the personal meeting at the tax office, you will undergo an ID check. This is an essential step to verify your identity.
  • Family Members. If you are moving to Norway with your family, it is important that all family members attend the personal meeting at the tax office.
  • Required Documentation. You will need to bring certain documentation with you to the meeting. This may include an ID card, employment contract, student certificate, or any similar documents that prove your identity and purpose of stay in Norway.
  • Norwegian Identity Number. Once you have completed the registration process and are confirmed to be living in Norway, you will be provided with a Norwegian identity number. This number is essential for various official transactions and services in Norway.

5. Finding Somewhere to Live in Norway

If you’re working in Norway, renting a property for your first year in is a wise decision. It allows you to familiarise yourself with the country and explore different areas before making a long-term commitment to a specific location. Cities in Norway offer a wide range of housing options and amenities but are generally more expensive. If budget is a concern, consider looking for rentals in smaller towns or suburban areas, which might be more affordable.

Finding Somewhere to Live In Norway

In Norway, rental deposits are typically steep. It is common to be required to pay a deposit equivalent to three months’ rent. Budget accordingly for this expense when planning your move. It’s also really important to achieve clarity regarding what’s included in the rental costs. Some rentals may include utilities (such as water, heating, and sometimes electricity), while others may require you to pay for these separately on top of the rent.

This guide to the Housing Market in Norway offers detailed guidance on renting in Norway.

6. Paying Tax in Norway

If you are employed in Norway, you are required to pay taxes on your salary within the country. Once you are registered as a resident, your employer can obtain your tax deduction card electronically from the Norwegian Tax Administration, which determines the appropriate amount of tax you should pay.

Taxation in Norway is primarily based on residency status. If you live in Norway for more than 183 days in a 12-month period or have a permanent home in Norway, you are considered a tax resident. Tax residents are subject to tax on their worldwide income.

Norway has progressive tax rates, meaning the tax rate increases with higher income. The tax rates for 2023 range from 22% to 38.2% for ordinary income and can go up to 55.4% for certain types of capital income. Taxpayers are required to file an annual tax return, usually by the end of April the following year. The tax return ensures that your income and deductions are correctly assessed, and any tax overpayment is refunded, or any underpayment is settled.

7. Healthcare Services

Healthcare services in Norway are renowned for their excellent quality and affordability. Children under the age of 16 receive free healthcare services. For all other age groups, medical, dental, and optician treatments are subject to reasonable fees until a certain financial threshold is reached. Once this threshold is met, the costs of treatment are covered by public insurance.

Having a registered General Practitioner (GP) is essential for accessing all healthcare services. Therefore, finding a GP should be a top priority upon your arrival in Norway. Your GP serves as the gateway to various healthcare facilities and ensures you receive the necessary care and support.

8. Education Services

Education Services

Norway’s education system has an excellent international reputation, with mandatory schooling for young individuals from ages 6 to 16. Public education is provided free of charge, and all classes are conducted in Norwegian. Additionally, there are several international schools in Norway that offer a UK curriculum and instruction in English. While these international schools can be costly, they provide an option for students who prefer to study in English and follow a curriculum similar to that of the United Kingdom.

9. Friendly and Supportive Removals to Norway

If you’re planning a move to Norway for the first time, choose a removals company that knows Scandinavia and is prepared to go the extra mile for you. Overseas removals can be stressful, so our experienced movers are committed to shouldering the stress every step of the way for you. From your first call, you’ll feel the level of care on offer; our specialists will talk you through how to move to Norway and offer tips on the best way to manage the process.

Friendly & Supportive Removals to Norway

Our comprehensive guide provides all you need to know about how to move to Norway; Moving to Norway from the UK – The Complete Guide helps you to prepare for your move, and then cope with the first few weeks in your new home.

“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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