One more thing worth attention, before we move on to discussing health care in Norway, is the pension issue. If you are a pensioner, you need to inform the IPC (International Pension Centre) to prevent problems with your pension payments (tel. 0191 218 7777).
Norway has double taxation agreements with the UK so you will not be taxed twice, provided you ensure that the tax offices are aware of your circumstances. You can arrange to have your pension paid directly into your Norwegian bank account. While still benefiting from the increases as if you still lived in Britain. Contact HMRC and your pension providers well before you leave the UK. (more…)
The most widely spoken language in Norway is Norwegian, which is the main official language and basic knowldege about it may greatly improve your ability to quickly establish a social life in Norway. Norwegian has two separate written standards: Nynorsk Norwegian, “New” in the sense of contemporary or modern and Bokmål, “Book Language” written by 90% of the population. Both of these are official.
Understanding Norwegian is not too hard for English speakers – but pronunciation is a different matter as the language is tonal – like Chinese. If you don’t get the pitch right, your meaning may be different from what you intended. This gives Norwegian a “singing” quality. To add to the difficulties, the pitch system in west and north differs from that in the east.(more…)
After finishing with the relocating process, soon you’ll find that life in Norway can be a bit costly. To compare London and Oslo: groceries and public transportation are nearly twice as expensive in the latter. The one thing that may be much cheaper in Oslo is rent and apartment prices, wich are on avarge 45 and 60 percent lower than in London.
Buying a House in Norway
There are no restrictions on buying a house in Norway. Norway’s housing market is slowing sharply, after almost four years of house price rises. Property demand is declining and building activity is falling, but it is amazing the steep places where homes are constructed. (more…)
Personal car can become your favourite mean of transportation in Norway, since Norwegian traffic is one of the safest in the world. People tend to obey the rules which are strictly enforced. Any kind of aggressive driving, like risky overtaking, is regarded as an offence. In fact you may only overtake on long straight roads with good visibility. You must give way to traffic from the right, unless signed, and you must keep your headlights on all the year round. However, not a lot has been spent on road development, with only around 300km of four-lane highways – resulting in high congestion at times.
If you meet a car on a narrow mountain road, then the car going down has to reverse to allow passage. You will need winter tyres, Norwegian drivers are skilled at driving on ice and snow, and although speeds are lower they rarely give up. The roads are kept open efficiently, but beware of driving in these conditions in rush hour.(more…)
After moving to Norway you’ll soon be under the impression that it must surely be one of the most beautiful countries in the world if you like mountains and lakes.
There are almost half a million lakes in Norway plus the fjords. They own the deepest and second deepest lakes in Europe. They also made the longest road tunnel in the world – 15 miles long with three large caves with blue or green light to reduce the strain of driving through it. It was built to avoid winter storms on the road from Bergen to Oslo. They also have the world’s deepest underwater tunnel, around 941’ deep. (The Channel Tunnel is only 250’ deep, although at 31 miles long it’s the longest undersea tunnel in the world.)(more…)
You do need to register within three months of moving, and provided you meet the requirements the police will issue you with a registration certificate, which is free.
You need to provide proof of income and medical insurance. Family members must also register. After five years you may be granted permanent right of residence.
Shipping and Removals to Norway
Norway has a great shipping industry, which makes transport safe and easy – but there is a high cost. There is a saying that Norwegians fear the customs officers more than they fear terrorists. You will have to pay docking fees while you wait for your goods to clear customs, so be sure to insure your goods.(more…)
Norway has some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, and some of the friendliest people too. Add to this a booming economy and a very high standard of living and you couldn’t have picked a better place to move. In fact, the 2012 UN World Happiness Report placed Norway at number 3 on the list of the happiest countries in the world. But before you grab your things and rush to catch the next flight to Norway, there are some important things you should know about your move there, specifically relating to customs and immigration. This article will address some of the key points, but we suggest you visit the links at the end of this article for more detailed information.