Moving to Norway


Moving to Norway

Basic information Norway

If you are moving to Norway, it might be useful to know the basic information about the country, which can be found below:

  • Official name: the Kingdom of Norway
  • Population: 5,136,700 of per 2013
  • Capital City: Oslo
  • Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
    • King: Harald V
    • Prime minister: Erna Solberg
    • President of the Storting: Olaf Michael Thommessen
    • Chief Justice: Tore Schei
  • Main language: Norwegian, Lule Sami, Northern Sami and Southern Sami
  • Major religion: baptism as members of the Church of Norway
  • Monetary unit:  Norwegian krone (NOK)
  • International dialing code: +47

Are you moving to Norway? Start by checking out the information below, and filling in the form in order to receive the best  removal quotes from our international removal companies.


Education is compulsory for all children from the age of 6 years till 16 years old.  The education exists of the following levels:

  • Kindergartens
  • Primary school (from the age 6 years till 13 years old)
  • Lower secondary school (from the age 13 years till 16 years old)
  • Upper secondary school (from the age 16 years till 19 years old)
  • Higher education

If you are moving to Norway you must know that there are public schools and private schools which are both funded by the government. However most residents send their children to public schools as both are of a good quality.



The unemployment rate in Norway was 3.9% in January 2015. It might be a little difficult to apply for a job in Norway if you do not speak the language, however some vacancies are available in English but you will need to search well. The competition will be very high with Norwegian residents who have an edge in the job market. If you are from one of the EU or EEA countries you will not need to have a work permit or visa if you want to work in Norway. However keep in mind that it is only valid up to 3 months.  If you want to apply for a work permit or visa for Norway, you will need the following documents:

  • An application fee
  • A concrete job offer from a specific employer in Norway must have been received
  • The job must be full time
  • The job must require the qualifications the applicant has
  • The pay and working conditions must be less than what is normal in Norway


Bank account

The biggest banks in Norway are:

  • Norges bank
  • DnB Nor
  • Nordlands Banken
  • Spare Bank

Opening a bank account in Norway is quite easy. However you must have a national ID number (which you must apply for if you plan to stay longer than 6 months).  If you are staying less than 6 months and still want to open a bank account in Norway, then you can apply for a temporary national ID number. The following documents are needed if you want to open a bank account in Norway:

  • Valid passport
  • Documents showing your income in Norway
  • Documentation showing your identity number
  • Residence permit valid for at least 6 months (for citizens outside EU)
  • Birth certificate for those underage

However, keep in mind that if you are a non-resident in Norway and you want to open a bank account in Norway that you must make a minimum deposit.



If you are moving to Norway and you are not from one of the EU or EEA countries, you will not need a visa to enter Norway. The following documents are required if you are moving to Norway and want to apply for a visa for Norway:

  • Your passport or travel document
  • One recent color passport size photograph
  • Signed cover letter
  • Evidence of occupation / student status
  • Evidence of accommodation and funds
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flight tickets or other travel arrangements

Moving to Norway

Cost of living

The cost of living in Norway is compared to the other EU countries one of the most expensive country. Especially in the cities like Oslo, the cost of living is very expensive. Many residents go to their neighbor country Sweden to purchase huge bulks of groceries, because it is cheaper there. Housing is especially expensive in Norway. Alcohol is also very expensive in Norway.


Medical care

The health care of Norway is one of the best in the world, as it was ranked on number 11 in overall performance by the World Health Organization. In Norway, all public hospitals are funded by the government. The public health insurance is accessible for all residents of Norway.


Driving license

If you are moving to Norway it might be useful to know that it is possible for expats to obtain a Norwegian driving license. However it is also possible to switch your driving license from your home country to a Norwegian one, depending on which country you come from. If you are from one of the following countries, then you can switch your driving license:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • San Marino
  • South Korea
  • USA

However there are some requirements before you can switch your driving license.  If you want to obtain a Norwegian driving license, then you must be a resident in Norway at least for 6 months.

If you are moving to Norway and want more information about driving in Norway, click on the link below:



The taxation of Norway is almost the same as all the other countries from the EU and EEA. The more you earn the more tax you will need to pay.



Moving to Norway

Why Moovmii?

Instead of spending time searching for movers, Moovmii will send your request directly to the moving companies. You will just have to wait, and get contacted by them, either by phone or by email. And by doing that you can save money, since moving companies will compete for your move! You will be able to choose the right mover for you, depending on its services, and its price. Is this not enough to convince you to use Moovmii and its network of removal companies when moving to India? Here are some other reasons that will surely convince you:

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  • Movers can disassemble and assemble your furniture, pack your belongings, and do all the heavy lifting;
  • Moving companies are specialized in transporting furniture and hefty items around, so they can guarantee you the best protection for your things, whether you are opting for a shipping by land, by air, or by sea;
  • Other services provided are insurance and help in the handling of documents

With Moovmii your international move to Norway starts in the right way: You will get up to 5 quotes, and be contacted by the best movers around. All without having to spend time, and money. Thanks to Moovmii and its network of international moving companies you can be assured that your international transport will start, and end, with a smile. Moving to Norway could not be any easier!