For my last and final suggestion on living like a Norwegian, I’ll share perhaps the most Norwegian thing you can do, become a Norwegian citizen.
The good news is Norway does allow for you to become a citizen and even hold dual citizenship. So you don’t have to completely give up on the motherland to enjoy the lifetime benefits of a Norwegian passport. There are also many benefits to having Norwegian citizenship in addition to the passport itself. First and foremost, you’ll never have to navigate UDI again.
The best place to start when it comes to citizenship is the UDI website. Here you can look up your specific situation and what the current rules are. It also has detailed guides in several languages. In general, you need to have resided in Norway for at least seven years and have held valid resident permits during that time. Additionally, you need to pass an exam on Norwegian history and speak the Norwegian language to a certain level.
Having distant Norwegian relatives does not, unfortunately, get you a free pass to citizenship. But if you bring up this point Norwegians will think it’s cute and smile.
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