Whether you’re heading to Oslo, Bergen, Lillehammer, Arendal, or any other city or town in Norway, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure your move goes according to plan and with no unfortunate surprises along the way.
We can also do more than just move your belongings – we can pack everything up, as well as guide you through the immigration process. This means we’ll advise you on visas, foreign exchange and everything else you need to know about moving to Norway.
All you need to do to get the process started is contact Bishop’s Move to arrange your free moving house survey. From there, we’ll send one of our experienced moving consultants to your home to run through everything, evaluate the size of your move and answer any questions you may have. After that, we’ll provide you with a quote, and if you’re happy to move forward, we’ll agree on a date for your move and arrange each aspect of the agreed removal plan.
While all of the Nordic countries have a reputation for being rather expensive, Norway is perhaps one of the priciest. Living costs and taxes are quite high, however, salaries for those living and working in Norway tend to compensate for this. Whether or not you find Norway affordable depends heavily on your lifestyle, it is true that because many aspects of life in Norway are free (including healthcare and education), you do not have to spend in areas you would in other countries.
Quality of Life
Quality of life in Norway is rated high, thanks to a combination of many positive aspects of life in the country. The life expectancy in Norway is higher than average, while great importance is placed upon education, with even higher education tuition-free. Work/life balance is also very emphasised in Norway, with shorter working days and quite often, early finish on Fridays.
While housing in city centres (particularly Oslo) are very expensive, much more affordable housing can be found the further you move out of the main cities. There are plenty of high-quality houses on the market, and homes in Norway have an excellent reputation for being well maintained. The average price of a previously owned home in Norway sits around the £230,000 or $326,000 mark
According to the OECD Better Life Index, approximately 74% of people between the ages of 15 and 64 have a paid job, which is 7% more than the OECD average. Furthermore, working individuals in Norway earn significantly higher than the OECD average, which eases the burden of the high living costs. Employees in Norway also benefit from excellent work/life balance, including flexible hours, generous parental leave, and a minimum of 25 days holiday per year.
Healthcare in Norway is free until residents reach the age of 16, and for pregnant women. After the age of 16, individuals must pay a deductible yearly, before receiving their exemption card that provides free healthcare for the rest of the year. The quality of healthcare in Norway is very high, although waiting lists can sometimes be rather lengthy.