Moving to Norway Checklist

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Moving to Norway Checklist

Schepens Removals: Your Trusted Partner for Scandinavian Relocations

Are you a UK professional seeking a new adventure and considering a move to Norway? Then you’re in the right place; Schepens Removals, the leading UK providers of Scandinavian removals, are here to guide you through the process. With a century of experience in the removals industry and weekly runs to locations across Norway, we are well-placed to offer valuable insights for your relocation.


Why Norway?

Norway has consistently ranked at the very top of the UN Human Development Index for several years, making it an inviting destination for both living and working. It’s a country where employees experience not only an exceptional quality of life but also enjoy the benefits of gender equality and an excellent work-life balance.

The cities of Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, and Stavanger are popular choices for professionals thanks to their thriving job markets, beautiful locations, and their capacity to offer amazing experiences to overseas professionals. Ready to start your Norwegian adventure?


Moving to Norway Checklist

Now, let’s dive into the essential steps of your move to Norway:

  1. Norway Visa and Residence Permits for UK Professionals
  2. Looking for a Job
  3. Registration of Residency in Norway
  4. Finding Somewhere to Live
  5. Registering for Healthcare
  6. Schooling in Norway
  7. Moving to Norway

  • 1. Norway Visa and Residence Permits for UK Professionals

If you’re planning to relocate to Norway for a duration exceeding 90 days, securing a residence permit is a crucial step. Norway offers various types of residence permits for individuals moving from the UK, with the following being the most relevant options:

  • Family Immigration Residence Permit. If you have family members already residing in Norway or if your spouse is both a Norwegian citizen and a resident in Norway, you can apply for a family immigration residence permit.
  • Work Immigration Residence Permit. For those who have a job contract in Norway, the work immigration residence permit is the route to take. You’ll need to demonstrate your qualifications as a skilled worker, show that you’re running your own business, have received a job offer, or are planning to engage in seasonal work.

Tip: Consult the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) for up-to-date information on visa and permit requirements. Begin the application process well in advance to avoid delays.


Looking for a Job in Norway
  • 2. Looking for a Job

You will need to have a job in Norway in order to apply successful for a residence permit. The job market in Norway is competitive, but proficiency in English can be a significant advantage, especially in industries like IT, engineering, and finance. The 2023 Shortage Occupations List is an excellent guide to the professional opportunities that are actively recruited overseas in Norway.

Tip: Explore job search websites like NAV, and Finn.no, as well as searching on LinkedIn. You may find it useful to contact recruitment agencies specialising in international placements.


  • 3. Registration of Residency in Norway

Once you arrive in Norway, you’re required to register your residency with the local authorities. This process is essential for getting Personal ID which allows you to access healthcare and education.

Here’s a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to help you smoothly register in Norway:

1. Determine Your Stay Duration:

  • If you’re planning to reside in Norway for over six months, it’s vital to inform the authorities about your move.

2. Schedule an Appointment:

  • Initiate the process by booking a personal meeting at a local tax office. This step is crucial to kickstart your registration.

3. Identity Verification:

  • During your personal meeting at the tax office, you’ll undergo a thorough ID check. This essential procedure ensures the verification of your identity.

4. Involve Your Family:

  • If you’re relocating to Norway with your family, it’s important that all family members are present during the personal meeting at the tax office.

5. Gather Essential Documentation:

  • Prepare and bring necessary documents to the meeting. These documents may include an ID card, employment contract, student certificate, or any other paperwork substantiating your identity and the purpose of your stay in Norway.

6. Obtain Your Norwegian Identity Number:

  • Once you’ve successfully completed the registration process and confirmed your residency in Norway, you’ll receive a Norwegian identity number.

  • 4. Finding Somewhere to Live

Finding suitable accommodation in Norway can be challenging, especially in major cities where demand is high. In an ideal scenario, your employer may assist you in securing accommodation, particularly when you first arrive. However, if this isn’t the case, you’ll find a valuable starting point for your housing search at www.finn.no.

The Housing Market in Norway is an excellent resource offering detailed guidance on renting in Norway.

Finding Somewhere to Live in Norway

Tip: If the process becomes a bit disheartening after exploring numerous apartments, it might be worthwhile to explore short-term rentals (korttidsleie) for your initial stay. This can offer some flexibility as you settle into your new life in Norway.


  • 5. Registering for Healthcare

Norway has a world-class healthcare system, and residents are eligible for public healthcare services. healthcare services in Norway. Children under the age of 16 enjoy the benefit of free healthcare services. While for other age groups, including adults, medical, dental, and optician treatments incur reasonable fees until a specific financial threshold is reached. Once this threshold is attained, public insurance steps in to cover the costs of treatment.

Being registered with a GP gives you access to the full spectrum of healthcare services in Norway. Therefore, making it a priority to find a GP upon your arrival in Norway. Your GP essentially serves as the gateway to various healthcare facilities and ensures you receive the necessary care and support for your well-being.


Schooling in Norway
  • 6. Schooling in Norway

Details of Norway’s education system can be found on the NOKUT website. Children are required to attend school from the age of 6-16 and public education is entirely free of charge. All classes are conducted in Norwegian.

Tip: For professionals with children requiring schooling Norway’s international schools may be a good option. While they can be relatively expensive, they remove the challenge of being taught in Norwegian and follow a curriculum closely aligned with that of the United Kingdom.


  • 7. Moving to Norway

Finally on your moving to Norway checklist is the move itself. Moving overseas for a prolonged period can feel overwhelming, especially if it’s the first time you’ve done it. That’s why many movers prefer to work with a removals company that specialises in moves to their specific location.

Moving to Norway

Let’s look at the benefits of partnering with a Scandinavian specialist like Schepens Removals:

  • Expertise. With a century of experience, Schepens understands the nuances of Scandinavian relocations, ensuring stress-free removals to Norway for you and your belongings.
  • Customised Solutions. We offer tailored solutions to meet your specific needs, from packing and transportation to customs clearance.
  • Local Knowledge. Our team is well-versed in Norwegian customs and regulations, which means that we can complete your customs paperwork for you.
  • Peace of Mind. Trust in our professionalism and commitment to making your move stress-free, so you can focus on settling into your new life in Norway.
  • Flexible Scheduling. We make weekly runs to locations across Norway, which means we can offer movers flexible scheduling, affordable pricing, and full or part load shipping.

“Excellent service, crew were very professional and helpful. Great value for money for the exceptional service and customer care. Would definitely recommend.”

Steve W.


The Schepens Moving Process

Our tried and tested moving process is designed to minimise the stresses of relocating to Norway:

1. Pre-Removal Assessment. We offer a meeting online or in-person to allow us to understand the size of your move. We can then create an accurate no obligation removals quote to help with your budgeting.

2. Packing and Loading. Our experienced team will carefully pack your belongings and load them onto our secure vehicles. If you need help with packing up your home, our professional packing team can do it for you.

3. Transportation. Your goods will be transported in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension, and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

4. Customs Clearance. Your move co-ordinator will handle all customs documentation to ensure your possessions enter the country without issues.

5. Delivery and Unpacking. Your belongings will be delivered to your new address, and we can assist with unpacking and setting up your home.

If you would like more tips and guidance from Schepens, take a look at Moving to Norway From UK – The Complete Guide


If you’re ready to take the leap, contact Schepens today to begin your journey to a new life in Norway – 01794 323558