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Norwegian life style


I really LIKE the scandinavian countries, in special Norway, and my girlfriend and I want to live in that country after finishing our studies. We´re studying psichology, and learning the language. But we want to know, from norwegians, how is the life there? prices? jobs for medics like us? taxes? weather? light/darkness during the differents stations? we want to know ALL about Norway, before move there (with a curriculum). We are spanish, and we control our mother language (por supuesto), english and now, learning norwegian. Please, tell me everything, since my questions, to everything you want to add (like "bear´s intrutions, for examples haha).


P.D If you can, tell me my English mistakes please.

June 9, 2015



Psychologist is a regulated profession in Norway, meaning that you need an authorisation to practise it. If you're planning on completing your education in Spain before moving here, you'll then have to apply to have it recognized in Norway. Info.

If you're considering finishing your studies in Norway, then I'd get in touch with a university as soon as possible to see what your options are. There will definitely be some hoops to jump through! Make sure to look into the visa situation ahead of time as well.

It's true that people can be quite distant with strangers here in Norway, but we warm up as soon as we feel that we have something in common. Join some courses/classes/activities, or go hiking, and you'll have a much easier time connecting with new people. It really doesn't take much! :)

If you can get a steady job, then Norwegian prices and taxes won't be a problem. Things will seem terribly expensive at first, but our wages match the price level.

The weather conditions are going to depend greatly on where you end up living - and on whether you're planning a barbecue or not.


Og livet er vanskelig for en person med astma ? partneren min har astma , og ofte lider når det er kaldt , og vår kaldt er 12-18 grader maks i vinter


Even if you move to one of the warmer parts of Norway you're going to have temperatures within that range or colder for the better part of the year, so it's probably not ideal for her.


And, does it exist a cure agaisnt that?


Not that I know of, but there are some meds and precautions she could take to make it more bearable at least. It's probably best that she speaks to someone more qualified about it. :)


Before you decide to move to another country it may be a good idea to actually go there first and see what it's like. Living in another country may seem exciting, but there is a lot more to it.


Good idea, I didnt think that! thanks ^^


True, but you need to be careful. Visiting a place gives you some idea what it's like to live there, but an incomplete one. Based on visiting I would have said, for example, that Dublin is a more enjoyable city to live in than Berlin, but having lived in both I would now say the reverse.


I guess learning the language and learning about the country is already a very good first step. But after everything, living anywhere new is always an experiment and should be treated as such. You can prepare, but there is no security for expectations.


Medics are in high demand here and are paid a lot, but one has to confirm the education, which might take more than a year in some cases, and often requires taking additional courses due to varied educational programs in different countries.


I wouldn't expect that to be much of a problem. EU standards are pretty high and from what I understand Norway mostly "copies" EU standards with very minor modifications, since most imports and many foreign workers come from the EU anyway. In many respects, Norway is already an EU member though they probably don't like to hear it ;-)

Common healthcare degrees from a relatively big EU country are probably mostly rubber-stamped. They get hundreds of the same certificates each year, so the time it takes to approve them is mostly due to bureaucratic reasons, not really a problem of translations or comparison of standards.

But especially in clinical psychology there are important differences between different countries, even in the EU. So maybe you should ask psychologists in Norway.


At least Bergenstest will be a requirement, no doubt.


en luego de decir "how is the life there?" puedes decir "what is life like there"...y no se dice "stations", se dice "seasons", y se dice "résumé" en vez de "curriculum"...todavia te comprendí, quizas porque sé español? no sé jaja...tu inglés es muy buena, no fue difícil comprender :)


Life here is calm. Some outlanders claim that Norwegians are "cold" and silent (heard that some immigrants wanted us to cuss and shout at eachother like they do in their country of origin. I say f--k that! We are a different kind of people, deal with it). We are friendly but people don't want to be bothered on the bus, for instance. Psychology seems popular among students from what I observe, I don't know of your chances of getting a job here. Taxes are high. You never know about the weather (varies greatly) but it's raining in Bergen 24/7. If you want to live up north, expect midnight sun during the summer and no sun through the winter.


As far as I know, the Norwegian health sector is recruiting foreigners like crazy. Usually that kind of thing doesn't change all too much over time, at least not in that sector. Educating doctors is extremely expensive, and countries like Norway, Britain and Switzerland like to rent them rather than provide a sufficient education capacity.

So, assuming you mean psychology as in clinical psychotherapy, then I guess that may be quite easy. Also knowing the language well is a big plus, from what I have heard. A lot of foreigners, especially among the highly educated and even foreign students don't even start learning Norwegian abroad.


Thanks for your comment ^^


Apply for an internship in Norway, if you can afford it. I know that it's not a given for students to be able to afford a foreign internship with travel and living expenses and the loss of income...


Hi, I'll leave it to the others to tell you about Norwegians, but you asked about your English. A couple of errors that can make it a bit difficult to understand your post: estación is not station in English, it's "season". :) They are false friends.

And your sentence about languages, I would say: "We can speak our mother tongue, English, and we are now learning Norwegian". You can also say "I have a good command of Spanish and English", but that's a less common way of saying it.

PS: there are no polar bears in continental Norway (the exception being the island Svalbard), but there are brown bears. Wikipedia tells me it's not very aggressive, and that its more likely that it's afraid of you than the other way around. During the last 20 years, seven people in Scandinavia have been injured by brown bears, but in five of these cases the bear had been shot and injured first. The point is: you're MUCH more likely to be hit by a car...


On the light/darkness subject: I live norht of the arctic circle and now it's lgiht 24/7, in the winter it's dark most of the time. Some people go crazy from it, others don't. This year we are having a terrible summer, and it's still scarf weather in june, around 7 degrees C some days and raining a lot.

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    It's quite expensive there (used to live there) as well and if you don't earn a decent amount of money (500 000 NOK / year) it might be hard to get by but I haven't had a job there so I wouldn't know much xD

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