Moving to another country is always accompanied by stress and the need to get used to new realities. Starting life even in such a seemingly close (geographically and climatically) country for us as Norway is also quite difficult. A girl who moved there told us about prices, taxes, language and other features of this Scandinavian state. Useful information for travelers is available.
Hi all! My name is Svetlana, I am 27 years old. I was born in Belarus, got married and moved to live in Norway, in the city of Molde.
My adaptation in Norway
The first 2 months of my stay in Norway were very difficult for me. The main thing is that I came alone to a foreign country. Yes, I got married, and my husband was very supportive, but the understanding that I was still alone prevented me from thinking positively.
Plus (more precisely, of course, minus) – at first in a new place I had no friends. Although I was lucky that relatives lived in Norway: my aunt and brothers. With the idea that they can always help, it was easier for me to adapt.
Without work and some kind of employment, the roof was torn off at first. Bad thoughts climbed into my head and haunted me while I was sitting at home alone while my husband was at work.
Sickness for home, parents, girlfriends. I wanted to leave as soon as possible and see everyone again. But how wonderful that now such advanced technology, and you can communicate via video.
After 2 months, I started attending Norwegian language courses. These are public courses, but they are free only for refugees and those who are married to a Norwegian citizen. For everyone else, training is free.
After I started studying, I became much calmer. I met girls there, and we began to communicate: invite each other to visit, meet in the city, arrange shopping, share tips, go for walks and go to the mountains. It helped me a lot to get into it faster.
Moving abroad is a bold and serious step in the life of any person. For many, it is associated with stress and long-term adaptation. Fortunately, this process was completed relatively quickly for me.
About money and taxes
The national currency of Norway is the crown. It is quite easy to exchange currency on the spot. This can be done at the exchange office, at the train station, at the airport, at the hotel, at the bank or at the post office.
There are five types of taxes in Norway:
Social – 7.8%
Income – 27%
Real estate – 2.5%
Personal – dependent on income
For wealth (stocks, bonds, bank deposits) – 28%
Every employee receiving official wages is required to have a card with a personnel number, which is updated every year. It contains all personal information about the employee, as well as changes in the social sphere that occurred to him during the year: promotion or demotion, the appearance of children, age and length of service, marital status, place of residence, the presence of real estate (including abroad) . Based on the processed data, the amount of tax that will be withheld from the salary is displayed.
The average salary in the city is 3000 EUR, but we pay taxes at 30 %.
Housing options for tourists
Hostels: One bed in a dormitory costs an average of NOK 400-500 per night.
Hotels: A double room in the simplest hotels costs NOK 700-1000 per night. Before the trip, it is worth considering that there are very few options up to 100 EUR per day, and often it is just a room, and the toilet and bathroom are shared on the floor. If this question is important for you, pay attention to this before booking.
Apartments or flats. Norway has very hospitable hosts. When renting an apartment, you can always meet and chat with locals who will tell you about the city and show you interesting places.
Travelers who do not care about a separate apartment can always rent a room in the owner's house.
The cost of an apartment in the center is 100–150 EUR per day, and in terms of four travelers, this is an excellent price. Norway has a very high standard of living, and this is reflected in everything. It is unlikely that you will find apartments with old furniture and dusty carpets, apartments will always be furnished with fashionable furniture and modern appliances, and in the kitchen there will be at least tea, coffee, sugar.
If you are planning to live in Norway, keep in mind that renting an apartment starts from 600 EUR (in my city, Molde) and higher if it is the capital or major cities.
Personally, when traveling around Norway, I recommend staying in an apartment: it's cheaper, more comfortable and there is always a kitchen where you can cook groceries from the store.
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Prices in cafes and restaurants
Pizza — 190 NOK
Fish soup — 100 NOK
Lasagna — NOK 140
Seafood salad — NOK 175
Pasta — NOK 130
Steak — NOK 150–200
Big hamburger – 180 NOK
Kebab – 60 NOK
Fish and chips – 100 NOK
A cup of cappuccino – 37 NOK
Ice cream – 20 NOK
Local beer 0.5 l – 25-40 NOK
Imported beer 0.33 l – 80 NOK
Glass of wine or cocktail – 70-120 NOK
Pepsi or Coca-Cola 0.33 l – 28 NOK
Water 0.33 l – 20 NOK
Products in stores: milk – NOK 18, eggs – NOK 45, bread – NOK 30-40, 1 kg of chicken fillet – NOK 130, 1 kg of apples – NOK 25.
We buy for a week in the store for about 100 EUR. 1
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What about transportation?
Bus around the city – about 40 NOK.
The price of a used car starts from NOK 20,000.
If you take it from the salon, it depends on the car, the prices are high there.
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Petrol – about 15 NOK.
Diesel – about 13 NOK.
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For a mobile phone — 200 NOK.
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