Living with Norwegians

The guide for moving to and surviving Norway

This guide is a collection of personal experiences, Norwegian stereotypes, and friendly advice on how to survive life in Norway. It’s the ideal starting point for someone who is curious about life in Norway and for those already in the process of making the move. Learn how to adapt to life in Norway and better understand the sometimes-peculiar Norwegians themselves. 

The guide is organized into several sections. It’s not meant to be some concrete “dos and don’ts” guide or heavy academic work on the intricacies of Norwegian society. Although it will tell you over 50 things you can try to not only survive Norway but hopefully thrive as well.

Preparing for Norway

Get ready for your move to Norway by preparing and better understanding these things.

Getting Settled in Norway

One you arrive in Norway here is a few things to start getting setup so you can get settled.

How to Get Around Norway

Here is how you can get from point A to point B in Norway using several different modes of transportation.

Becoming Norwegian

How to become a Norwegian by doing these things.

So there you have it, many ideas for things to do to make living with Norwegians a little easier. Although if you managed to do even half these things, I’m sure you would do just fine in Norway.

Truth be told, Norway is a lot like many other places. It is what you make of it. And as places where one can make it go, you certainly could do worse. All the peculiar things that come with living with Norwegians are perhaps not so important when one has such a nice place to live as Norway.

For the other foreigners out there in Norway, I get it. This is a country that is easy to fall in love with. Those Norwegians aren’t exactly bad looking either. Just know that it’s also a country that’s often hard to tell if it loves you back. You’ll need to earn that love, and it will take time. And lots of work. This struggle before the reward is the Norwegian way.

Norwegians themselves will want to change you or will want you to be more like them. I encourage you not to allow them to be entirely successful. While you’ll need adapt yourself while living with Norwegians, they could also benefit from your own culture I’m sure.

Good luck!

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