Living in Oslo
Yes, it’s expensive, cold and dark during the winter months, and it can take a while to break through the Norwegian reserve but the advantages offered by life in Oslo far outweigh the disadvantages. This is a city where the glorious natural landscape meets cutting edge architecture, and sustainable living. It’s been voted the happiest place on earth, and it’s 11th on the list of ‘coolest places to visit’. So what is it that’s so special about this Scandinavian city?
Schepens has been providing removals to Oslo for over a century now. In that time we’ve seen many of our clients turn short-term working visits into a long-term commitment to this beautiful city. So we asked some of them what it’s like living in Oslo. Here are some of their responses.
It’s Expensive – But That’s OK
The cost of living is always the first thing that people learn about Oslo, but actually it’s not that different from living in London. Except that the wages are higher. Even part-time jobs in shops or bars can earn you £18 per hour, so the higher cost of living tends to get evened out. And if you’re looking for bargains, you can travel over the border to Sweden, or use local markets to but fresh produce.
Oslo Really Cares About Climate Change
If you want to live somewhere that cares about saving the planet, this is the place for you. Oslo was the European Green Capital in 2019, because sustainability is hard baked into everything here. Electric cars already outnumber petrol and diesel, and the city’s buses run off fuels made from food waste. Oslo has built a real momentum around sustainability, with more business going green every single day.
If You Want to Explore Norway, You’ll Need a Car
Oslo is a compact city which is easy to get around on foot, or by bike. In fact the city centre is a car-free zone. But if you want to go further afield – and you will – you’ll need a car. This is a massive country with a limited transport system. But, the roads are great, and really quiet. I love heading off into the wilderness and being able to stop where I want along the way.
You’ll Cut Down on Alcohol
Oslo is a healthy city, with healthy eating habits, endless opportunities for physical exercise, and very little alcohol. It’s not that alcohol is unavailable, it’s just more difficult to get than in the UK. Anything stronger than 4.7% is only sold in state-run stores with pretty limited opening hours. I found that not seeing alcohol in supermarkets made it less of a priority for me. I still enjoy a drink, but not every night.
Schepens Provides Removals to Oslo
If you like the sound of living in Oslo, Schepens can help with planning your move to Norway. We’re a fourth generation, family-run company that’s been providing stress-free European removals for over 100 years. We’re based in the UK, but we travel frequently to Norway which means we can offer flexible scheduling and full or part load shipping.