Relocation to Norway

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Relocation to Norway

Moving to Norway – Your Guide to Stress-Free Relocation

Norway is a beautiful place to live, and relocation to Norway is increasingly popular. This may be to do with the fact that Norway is consistently ranked as one of the top ten happiest countries in the world. The reasons may lie in its commitment to providing a high level of security for citizens. Policies are founded on the provision of a safety net for every Norwegian citizen. So, whether you’re a new parent, a retired worker, or someone who’s just been made redundant, the government has your back.


Schepens has been helping families, students, and solo professionals with their relocation to Norway for over a century now. Mostly we provide removals to Oslo, but there’s also a steady stream of Brits moving to cities across the length and breadth of the country. As ‘old hands’ the Schepens team is well placed to offer some guidance to movers, so we’ve prepared a concise guide to help you make a seamless relocation to this beautiful Nordic country.


A Relocation to Norway Guide

  1. Norway: A Brief Overview
  2. The Advantages of Moving to Norway
  3. Essential Steps for a Successful Relocation to Norway
  4. Living in Norway
  5. Exploring Norway: Places to Visit and Activities to Enjoy
  6. Planning a Relocation to Norway

1. Norway: A Brief Overview

Norway, officially known as the Kingdom of Norway, is one of the Nordic countries situated in Northern Europe. With a rich history, fascinating culture, and stunning landscapes, Norway has become an increasingly popular destination for professionals looking for the challenge and experience of working overseas, enjoying a high standard of living, and encountering a different kind of work culture.

Norway: A Brief Overview

2. The Advantages of Moving to Norway

Why choose Norway rather than a sunnier, more southern European country. Well, a relocation to Norway comes with plenty of advantages:

1. High Quality of Life

Norway consistently ranks in the top ten best countries to live in worldwide, thanks to its robust healthcare system, excellent education facilities, and comprehensive social benefits. The country’s commitment to sustainable development and environmental conservation also contributes to the high quality of life for its residents.

2. Thriving Job Market

For skilled professionals, Norway presents plenty of job opportunities, particularly in sectors such as engineering, technology, and energy. Employees are well rewarded; they 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.

3. Safe and Peaceful Environment

Norway has the top ranking on Gallup’s Law and Order Index; this provides a global ranking of people’s sense of personal safety and security in their home country. Safety is a top priority in Norway, which makes it an ideal place to raise a family or take time out travelling. The low crime rate and efficient legal system ensure a secure living environment for all residents.


3. Essential Steps for a Successful Relocation to Norway

APPLYING FOR A VISA TO WORK IN NORWAY

APPLYING FOR A VISA TO WORK IN NORWAY

UK citizens need a residence permit to work in Norway. The type of permit you need depends 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, for example 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.

Anyone with a skilled work permit may apply for permanent residence in Norway after living and working in the country for three years. This permit also allows international employees to work in their company’s branch in Norway.

Finding Accommodation

Whether you’re looking to rent or buy a property, the Norwegian housing market is competitive, particularly in major cities, so give yourself plenty of time to find the right kind of accommodation. A good place to start are the popular online sites such as Finn.no and Hybel.no. It is also a good idea to ask people already out there as lots of accommodation in Norway is found through word of mouth.

Health Insurance

While Norway’s healthcare system is exceptional, it’s essential to obtain comprehensive health insurance. If you’re an EU/EEA citizen, you may be eligible for coverage through the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Non-EU/EEA citizens need private health insurance until they qualify for Norway’s National Insurance Scheme.


4. Living in Norway

Embrace the Hygge Lifestyle

The importance of “hygge” (cosiness and contentment) to Norwegians demonstrates the centrality of home, friends, and family to Norwegian culture. It’s also to do with the long, cold winters when, rather than braving the elements, people enjoy eating food in the home environment, spending time with family, and snuggling up with books, knitting or a good film.

Learning the Language

While most Norwegians speak English fluently, having learnt it at school from an early age, making an effort to learn Norwegian, will be highly appreciated and enhance your overall experience. You can’t really get to know people and places until you learn the language. There are numerous language schools and resources available to help you get started.

Education and Family Life

In Norway, every child is entitled to a place in kindergarten from the age of one year, and it is the responsibility of the municipality they live in to ensure this right is fulfilled. To facilitate a smooth admission process, both public and private kindergartens within the municipality collaborate on admitting children.

Education and Family Life

Regardless of the type of kindergarten, whether public or private, the Government has set a maximum parental fee for a kindergarten place. While additional fees for food may apply, families with more than one child attending the same kindergarten receive certain benefits. For the second child, there is a sibling moderation of at least 30% in the parental fee, and for the third child and beyond, there is a 50% reduction in the parental fee. Moreover, low-income families may be eligible for further reductions in the parental fee.

Moving on to compulsory education, Norway follows the principle of equity and adapted education for all pupils. Education in Norway is free, and compulsory education lasts for ten years, divided into seven years of primary education and three years of lower secondary education. Children start school in the year they turn six years old. There are also International Schools that offer teaching in language, and a UK aligned curriculum.


5. Exploring Norway: Places to Visit and Activities to Enjoy

Majestic Fjords and Scenic Beauty

Majestic Fjords and Scenic Beauty

Relocation to Norway gives you access to its breathtaking fjords, such as Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord. The country’s arctic towns and mountainous landscapes offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for hiking, skiing, and other outdoor adventures.

Vibrant Cities and Cultural Delights

From the cosmopolitan vibes of Oslo to the charming architecture of Bergen, Norway’s cities are diverse and culturally rich. Experience traditional festivals, museums, and art galleries that showcase the nation’s heritage and contemporary arts scene.


6. PLANNING A RELOCATION TO NORWAY? SCHEPENS CAN HELP

We’re a UK-based, family-run business – now in our 4th generation of removals – and we continue to make weekly runs to locations across Norway. We are a specialist provider of European removals, with a reputation for providing a stress-free relocation to Norway. The frequency of our trips to Norway means that we’re able to offer movers affordable prices, flexible scheduling and drivers who know the country well.

6. PLANNING A RELOCATION TO NORWAY? SCHEPENS CAN HELP

TAILORED REMOVALS TO NORWAY FROM THE UK

Every move is unique, and so are our movers. Each client is allocated a move co-ordinator who is an expert in removals to NorwayThey will develop your tailored removals plan which, when complete, forms the basis of your free, no obligation removals quote.

Schepens removals services include:

  • Customs Paperwork. Our long working relationship 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. No time to pack? 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. Schepens offers a comprehensive moving service. If you need to move a pianoartwork, 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.”

– Verified Reviewer


If you would like to know more about the relocation to Norway services Schepens offers to movers, call our friendly team today – 01794 323558