The Pros and Cons of Living in Norway

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The Pros and Cons of Living in Norway

Movers Tell Us the Pros and Cons of Living in Norway

Schepens Removals has been helping students, professionals, and families to relocate to locations across Norway for well over a century. A significant number of them have successfully established themselves in the country. When we asked them about their experiences, they shared accounts which detailed the pros and cons of living in Norway. However, we noticed they consistently emphasised that, overall, Norway is an exceptional place to call home.


The Pros and Cons of Living in Norway

There are pros and cons to living and working anywhere overseas. What’s important to work out is whether, for your specific circumstances, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks or vice versa. Here’s our movers’ list of pros and cons of living in Norway, starting with the pros:

Picture-Book Perfect Landscapes

I’ve literally never seen anywhere as beautiful as Norway, not even close. The fjords are magnificent, the mountains are terrifying and amazing, and the coast is uncannily wonderful. I feel so lucky living here and, as a family, we take off every weekend to hike or just discover somewhere new.

Rented Accommodation is Amazing

If you move to Norway for work, you’ll probably end up in rented accommodation. This can be difficult to find – especially in Oslo – but once you do, you’re in for a treat. Most apartments come fully furnished and they are so clean, comfortable, and stylish! I felt like I was living in a boutique hotel when I first moved into my flat.

Everyone Speaks English

When I first got here – with just a smattering of Norwegian words – it was a real lifesaver to find that everyone spoke English. It’s taught in schools, so anywhere you go, you can communicate easily. Once I decided to move to Norway for a longer period, I did get serious about learning the language – but I always have a safety net if I need it.

And now for the cons:

Mail and Parcel Delivery

Norway is a nightmare for Amazon – which is designed for large cities with a massive population. Norway is just the opposite – small towns, with mountains in the way. But we still want stuff! Parcels do arrive, eventually, but there’s often duty on them if they come from overseas, so it can be a bitter-sweet experience. Letters take ages, too. Normally about a week.

Price Shock When You Arrive

My partner and I were traumatised by the prices in Oslo for the first couple of months we were here. We hardly bought anything because it was so expensive, especially alcohol. Of course, the wages are equivalent, so eventually you get used to it. For newbies though, bring things with you to get you through those first few weeks of adapting.

Weather (Pro and Con)

It’s difficult to unravel the pros and cons of living in Norway as they tend to get tangled up together. For example, winters are dark, especially if you’re living up north, but they make the summers very special. And living through the winter is a part of Norwegian life; people enjoy it. They ski, spend time in each other’s houses, knit, buy loads of candles. Then, in the summer, they party hard throughout the long daylight hours.


Schepens for Stress-Free Scandinavian Removals

We’re a UK-based company that specialises in removals to Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Ever since 1911, Schepens has been helping movers relocate to locations across the length and breadth of Norway. Because of our long association, we make weekly runs which means we’re able to provide flexible scheduling, affordable pricing, and a choice of full or part load shipping.

Schepens has produced a complete guide to moving to Norway which also includes tips for navigating the pros and cons of living in Norway whilst you’re settling in: Moving to Norway From the UK – The Complete Guide

Tailored Removals to Norway

A move to Scandinavia is quite an upheaval, which is why Schepens is committed to making the logistics as easy as possible. Every mover is allocated a specialist move co-ordinator who knows the country well. They’ll create your tailored removals plan, according to your specific requirements. They’ll also support you through every stage of the moving process.

Schepens removals services include:

  • Free No Obligation Pre-Removal Survey. We offer an in-person or online survey which gives us a chance to see the extent of your move and offer tips on the most affordable way to manage it. We then provide a detailed and accurate removals quotation to help with your budgeting.
  • In Transit Insurance. Your goods will be covered by insurance whilst in transit. If you require additional Extended Liability or Accidental Damage cover, we can arrange it for you.
  • Customs Expertise. We’re experienced at dealing with customs matters and know the rules and regulations associated with relocating to Norway. Your move co-ordinator will be happy to complete your customs paperwork for you.
  • Professional Packing Service. Too busy to pack? Leave it to Schepens BAR trained packers. They’ll complete the job in hours, using sturdy, sustainable materials. If you would prefer to pack yourself, we’ll provide the boxes you need.
  • Specialist Removals. Whatever you need to take to Norway, we can help. Our specialist team are experience at moving pianos, art, and antiques overseas.
  • Self Storage. If you need UK self storage, Schepens has a number of local storage facilities that provide a secure, well-managed environment for your goods.
  • Transport. Your goods are 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.

Removals That Go The Extra Mile

“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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Preparing for removals to Norway? Call Schepens to find out more about the specialist services we can offer to support your move – 01794 323558