Moving to Norway

General information about Norway and information about getting to Norway is listed in the menu above. Information on a wide range of subjects within the public sector is available here.

Work and residence permits
Please click here for information on how to find work in Norway.

See also links on the right to the website of NAV, the Norwegian Labour & Welfare Organisation, and to the booklet "A guide to living and working in Norway". The booklet is also available in paper version from the Embassy.

Citizens of EU/EEA countries (including the UK) do not need a work permit in Norway but must apply for a residence permit within three months of arrival. Information about the EEA (European Economic Area) agreement is available at This page also gives information for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries.

Information on taxes in Norway and an on-line brochure can be found here: Taxes in Norway.

Health and Social Insurance
Nationals of EU/EEA countries are entitled to the same rights as Norwegians. More info here: National Insurance in Norway. Alternatively, for more info, visit NAV's website.

Housing costs in Norway are lower than in the UK. A list of estate agents is available on the Norwegian Yellow Pages at the Norwegian Yellow Pages - click on 'Real Estate'. An electronic property search can be made on (in Norwegian only).

Most newspapers, e.g. the Oslo-based Aftenposten as well as local papers, have a property column (‘Eiendommer’/ ‘Eiendomsmarkedet’). A list of Norwegian newspapers on the web can be found at

Information on the Norwegian educational system is available under the section Education & Research in the menu on the left.

There are several English-speaking schools in Norway as well as schools offering the International Baccalaureat. Contact the Embassy or see Education & Research for further information, click here.

Learning Norwegian
For information on where to learn Norwegian in the UK, please see details under Learning Norwegian

The Norwegian Government-Sponsored Language Scheme is a free scheme for foreign residents in Norway with a residence permit valid for more than 3 months and employed by a Norwegian (not foreign) company. Note that it no longer applies to UK citizens who received their Resident's Permit after 01.09.2005.

List of participating municipalities available from:
Statens utdanningskontor
Postboks 8105 Dep.
N - 0032 Oslo
Tel. + 47 2200 3800.

Suggested reading
General guidebooks are available from libraries and bookshops. You might also try these:
- Brady & Drabble: LIVING IN NORWAY, published by Palameder Press
- Su-Dale: NORWAY, A Guide to Customs and Etiquette, Culture Shock series by Kuperard

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