Expatriate Community in Norway

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
266 300
Blogs For Expats
Expat Expert
Expat Blog Norway
For Further Information
Expat exchange
Immigration Authority
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
International Movers
Europe Movers

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Oslo is ranked 4th most expensive city in the world for expatriates. Prices of goods and services is very high.
Quality of Life
Oslo is ranked as number 24 of cities in the world where the quality of living is best. Overall the quality of living is very good.
Sanitary Conditions
Oslo is ranked as number 6 of cities in the world where the sanitary conditions are best. Pollution is limited, water from the faucet is drinkable. Sanitary conditions are equal throughout the country.
For Further Information
Mercer world-wide quality of living survey

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Most Norwegians are homeowners, and therefore the rental market is limited. Rents are high.
Normal Lease Term
The most common term of lease lasts initially for one year.
Rental Costs
A security deposit of two or three months rent is usually required.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Some landlords advertise in newspapers. The evening newspaper Aftenposten's classified section has details of rental accommodation.
Rental Agency Websites
Oslo Apartments
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Finn.no (in Norwegian)
Craigslist Oslo
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
It is also possible to rent just a room.
For Further Information
Expat Focus guide about living in Norway

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School System

School Level
Nursery or preschool provisions. Ten compulsory years of schooling begins at age six. Primary school is seven years, followed by lower secondary school (ages 13-16) and upper secondary school (ages 16-19).

There are very few private schools. Until 2005 private schools without a religious or pedagogical alternative (Christian, Steiner, Montessori, etc) were considered illegal. The higher education in Norway consists of seven universities, five specialised colleges and 25 university colleges. There are also some private colleges. No tuition fees for public education. Government also grants student loans.

International Schools
A list of international schools in Norway can be found here.
For Further Information
Ministry of Education

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
Quality of health care services is excellent and widely available. Medical needs are easily covered.
International Hospitals
Health Insurance
Norway has a state-funded healthcare system and all Norwegian residents are automatically covered. A small fee is usually paid at the point of service.
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Residents of EEA countries with the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) have in principle the same access to health services as Norwegians. Residents of non-EEA countries should take out medical insurance. Make sure that the doctor treating you is within the public health care system. Usually any fees must be paid upfront or at the end of the treatment.
Health System Insurance Body
Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (in Norwegian)
Health Ministry
Ministry of Health and Care services

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