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Looking at possible move to Norway.....

Looking at possible move to Norway.....

Postby BigMak » Sun 14 May 2017 07:58 GMT

Hello all,

I see from this forum that Norway is not a big destination(also from other forums) for Brits or least doesn't seem to be.
As someone who did look in to moving to Canada a number of years ago(and thats a huge and active forum) Im not expecting the same amount of feedback but thought I would post anyway.

Basically now in my forties, 3 kids, partner, fed up with the Uk(even more than few years ago) and looking now for a quality of life that the Nordic countries(especially Norway it seems) may have to offer.

I don't speak the language(yet) and nor does my partner(she's Polish and speaks 4 languages so she will pick it us easier than me) I don't have any friends or family and I have no idea of the job or housing market....although a quick look via google shows both are tricky especially for none Norwegians/or Scandinavians.

However life is not about it all being easy, especially of that thing is worth attaining and learning a new language and learning about a new culture for us would be part of the whole experience.

Ive looked at the obvious big cities and surroundings to move(mostly for work) and many offer it would seem a great environment to bring up kids safely, happily and independently.

Really I am looking for anyone who had ever moved to Norway(or in fact any of the Scandinavian countries) to get a real flavour of things.
On other forums(mostly FB) people have been extremely negative....although none have said they would move back to the UK. Unlike say on the Canadian(and looking at the OZ, NZ, USA forums) are very positive about the move, all complain about weather, cost, integration....while I understand as none english speaking, none anglo saxon countries this is the way I don't understand why people move to say Norway and expect that...then complain?!

For us its getting away from that anglo saxon lifestyle as such(especially my Polish partner, she likes UK but after 12 years some of our "customs" make her role her eyes) so its about that different culture and diversity, we don't want to move just to be little Englanders abroad but integrate with e lifestyle, culture and language.

So really any tips/advise/do'd and don'ts would be much appreciated.
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Re: Looking at possible move to Norway.....

Postby Kay » Sun 14 May 2017 12:31 GMT

Hi and welcome to the forum. As you correctly say, FB has pretty much killed off activity on smaller, independent forums. But such is life...

I've never been to Norway but have had the pleasure of working alongside Norwegians overseas and found them to be very helpful and friendly.

Good luck with your plans.

BTW, you're welcome to come and join us on Chinwags if you fancy a natter about anything or anything of interest to expats in general.

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Re: Looking at possible move to Norway.....

Postby Dave » Sun 14 May 2017 17:05 GMT

Welcome from me too, BigMak. :-)

I agree - it's baffling that people should move to a non-Anglo country and be surprised that things are different. But I suppose if you've never lived in a different culture, it's hard to imagine just how different life can be.

I've been to Norway (well, Oslo) once, but unfortunately only very briefly so I can't really speak with any authority. My very brief impressions were that Oslo was a clean, well ordered and friendly city. But the supermarkets seemed to be quite expensive and fairly limited in range - although I only went into a couple of those, and they were both in the city centre so may well have been atypical. Plus it was mid-June, the sun was shining and the days were long (the night didn't get fully dark even at its darkest). I was told that the previous three weeks had been bucketing down. Even so, it didn't get any warmer than about 16°C while I was there. I'm sure it's a very different story in December!
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Re: Looking at possible move to Norway.....

Postby BigMak » Mon 15 May 2017 07:50 GMT

Thanks Kay & Dave,

Yes seems social media has really killed off these types of specialist forums even in the intervening 7-8 years since I was last on them. Its understandable to an extent with things being so integrated these days, but still a shame as these forums and sites are a wealth of information specifically for those consider moving abroad.

Although I do like my social media and only in my early forties I think they also attract the wrong sort of people much of the time. people seem to be very much there to make a point, to put you off and say you are mad for even considering a move(when they themselves have done it) instead of trying to use that knowledge to help another person avoid the mistakes.

They run down the country they now live in(which I find bizarre, rude and ungrateful) and add nothing to the conversation bar negativity.
A few do genuinely try to pitch in with there thoughts, experiences and try to actually lend something positive to the conversation, but they seem to be few and far between.
Its especially true for Brits in none english speaking countries by the sounds, they seem to resent the language, culture and even weather9which surely you know about before moving) and the negativity is quite depressing to say the least.

I was hoping back on these forums people would be a little more positive and helpful, although i know the Scandinavian countries are not as big a draw as all the english speaking countries for the obvious reasons....but I live in hope.

Thanks again for the welcome though.
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