Keeping a postbox back home

Even when moving countries, it’s hard to break all ties. There might, for example, be reasons you still need to receive mail back in your home country. This can be especially important for receiving notifications from the government and for other purposes such as for credit card statements.

In most cases you will not be able to forward your physical mail to Norway. On a related note, you’ll be happy to hear that you don’t receive much physical mail in Norway thanks to a strong digitization of government-related and other important paperwork.

When it comes to mail from your country of origin, you have two options. The first is to use a family or friend’s address and set up a mail forwarder to there. This works especially well with your parents.

The next option is to set up a VMS (virtual mailbox service). The way they work is they provide you with an address, similar to a PO Box, and receive your mail for you. They then scan the mail for you and allow you to access it directly from a web browser or phone.

For my fellow American expats, I recommend using Earth Class Mail for your VMS service.

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