Friday, 15 June 2012

Moving to Sweden - In the Spotlight: Stockholm

Moving Partnership Limited (MPL) specialise in providing domestic and commercial removals services, including European removals to Sweden and international removals to Sweden.  If you are looking for removals to Sweden, regardless of whether you are moving from the UK or any of country in Europe, or from an international destination such as the USA or Tokyo, we can tailor our services to meet your requirements.

Years of experience in providing removals to Sweden mean that we can provide a wide range of services at competitive rates.  Working with predominantly FAIM and BAR accredited companies, we can compare a range of quotations on your behalf and provide you with an efficient and reliable service for your removals to Sweden.

We offer three main services for removals to Sweden. Our lowest cost service allows you to group your items with other removals shipments to the same destination.  We also offer a service for specialist items where you can specify the date of arrival, or full 20-40ft container loads for large domestic or commercial moves.
Removals to Sweden - click here for full information on our removals to Sweden service or contact us now for a free online moving quote.

Moving to Sweden: About Stockholm

Stockholm is Scandinavia’s largest city and considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Stockholm is located on Sweden’s south central east coast where its biggest lake, Lake Malaren, meets the Baltic Sea. Occupying a unique location on 14 islands, Stockholm is made up of equal parts water and land which are surrounded by forest, parkland and beaches - it is not difficult to see why it is considered such a naturally beautiful city.

Despite being spread across a number of islands, Stockholm is compact with most of the city’s attractions within easy walking distance.  Cycling is also popular in Stockholm and a great way to gain a completely different perspective on the city.  During the summer months between April and October, bikes can be hired from many locations around the city on either a season or 3-day pass.  Stockholm is also renowned for providing an extremely efficient bus, rail and underground system providing connections between the main shopping centres and the city’s districts.

With a population of around 1,250,000, Stockholm is the most populated urban area of Scandinavia and accounts for almost 25% of Sweden’s total population.  Stockholm is split into three main parts: Stockholm City Centre, Southern Stockholm (otherwise known as Sodervort) and Vasterort or Western Stockholm.  Each of these three areas is subdivided into smaller districts where a district council is responsible for the schooling, social, leisure and cultural activities of its respective area.

As you would expect from its northerly location, the hours of daylight in Stockholm vary dramatically between the seasons.  In midsummer you can expect an impressive 18 hours of daylight with only 6 hours by contrast in late December.  Winters in Stockholm are cold and sometimes snowy with average temperatures of between -5 to 1 degrees, but summers are warm and pleasant reaching average highs of around 20-22.

Moving to Sweden: Living in Stockholm
As with any major city, the cost of living in Stockholm is fairly high, however you will be rewarded with a good salary and a high quality of living to match.  Whilst the most expensive items in Stockholm are clothing, eating out and groceries, the cost of education including nursery and pre-school fees in particular, are considerably lower than most other cities in the world.

The housing market in Stockholm is made up of properties to rent and buy.  Those properties in and close to the city centre tend to be apartments, whilst suburbs further out from the centre of Stockholm offer a mixture of houses and apartments.  Rental properties, particularly those in the central suburbs of Kungsholmen, Norrmalm, Södermalm and Östermalm, can be difficult to come by so if you are looking at relocating to Stockholm on a longer term basis, purchasing a property is a much better option. 

If you want to be located just out from the city centre, Nacka is only 10 minutes commute and offers a mixture of apartments and houses in an area of outstanding natural beauty, near to lakes which are perfect for bathing in the summer months. The Island of Lidingo is also an excellent choice: only 20 minutes from the city it provides access to nice beaches, an outdoor pool in the summer and a small ski slope in the winter.

Moving to Sweden: Working in Stockholm
The most prevalent industry in Stockholm is the service industry which accounts for almost 85% of jobs in the city.  Stockholm is also the home of Sweden’s financial centre and, along with the Stock Exchange, many of the country’s leading banks and insurance companies are headquarted here, as are those of 45% of Sweden’s largest employers, including famous fashion retailer H&M. 

Over the last decade, Stockholm has seen a major growth in high tech industry, with large employers such as IBM, Ericsson and Electrolux based here.  Kista in Nothern Stockholm is also considered a major centre for IT.

Moving to Sweden: Leisure in Stockholm
Stockholm is a city which is well catered for regardless of age, interests or budget.  It is certainly a family friendly city providing lots to do for children with many of its attractions free of charge or available at a small cost.  The abundance of open space and parklands such as those at Hagaparken and Djugarden, provide the perfect place to enjoy the summer months in Stockholm, as do the crystal clear lakes and beaches which offer fabulous bathing opportunities.

If you are young, free and single, you won’t fail to be disappointed by Stockholm’s club and music scene.  Stockholm is a city which never sleeps, providing seven days a week entertainment with a club scene which is unrivalled in any European city north of London.

As for food and drink, Stockholm can’t fail to disappoint.  With over a thousand restaurants and no shortage of Michelin stars including well established F12, Esperanto and Lux in up-and-coming Essinge Island, Stockholm is widely acclaimed as one of Europe’s most dynamic and exciting gastronomic experiences.  As a city which has always been a popular choice for migration, you will get to sample almost any culinary delight or theme which takes your fancy.  You will eat well whatever your taste; in Stockholm culinary flair, atmosphere and environment are equally important in the entire dining experience.  Local restaurants serving an array of different dishes offer popular meeting places and often have adjoining bars.

Aside from Stockholm’s famous Christmas markets, which are truly something to behold, Stockholm provides an exciting shopping scene providing a haven for shopaholics.  Ostermalm is the most affluent district in Stockholm and the equivalent of London’s, Knightsbridge.  Global brands such as Gucci, Prada, Boss and Armani, to name a few, line the streets, so if you are looking for luxury items and boutiques then Ostermalm is the place for you.

Sodermalm offers an entirely different shopping experience providing an eclectic mix of fashion, design and both new and second hand clothes.  Eco and organic is order of the day in Sodermalm and is reflected in its calm and relaxed atmosphere. In South of Folkkungagatan or ‘SoFo’ as it is known locally, you’ll not only find the height of Swedish fashion but an abundance of cafes, restaurants, bars and quality second hand clothing at Beyond Retro, Brunogallerian and Gotgatan.

Finally the city itself is home to many department stores including Sweden’s most upmarket store, Nordiska Kompaniet or NK as it is more often referred to.  Selling a huge variety of clothing, Swedish, international design and household items, NK is where the upper classes shop.  For large everyday fashion retail chains such as H&M and Zara, visit the shopping arcades of Gallerian and Sturegallerian and for small specialist shops and just about every type of retailer, Drottminggatan is a must.

Removals to Sweden - click here for full information on our removals to Sweden service or contact us now for a free online moving quote.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Moving to Sweden: In the Spotlight Malmo

Moving Partnership Limited (MPL) provides a wide range of removals services including European and International removals to Sweden.  We can provide both domestic removals to Sweden and commercial removals to Sweden, taking care of everything on your behalf from start to finish, including comparing hundreds of quotes with our FAIM and BAR partners to ensure you get the best price possible.

For domestic removals to Sweden we provide a service tailored to your requirements, undertaking as much or as little of the removals process as you like.  This means that we can take care of your packing and unpacking, the shipment of your possessions in a sole 20 or 40ft container or grouped with other shipments for removals to Sweden. We can even take care of the shipment of specialist items, cars, pets, help with any visas or documentation required for your move or provide you with removals insurance.

For commercial removals to Sweden we can provide packing and unpacking, temporary and long terms storage, IT relocations, PAT testing of installations, dismantling and rebuilding of system furniture and much more besides.  Our experienced project management team will work closely with you to discuss your requirements and ensure that we meet your deadlines, budgets and qualitative expectations for your removals to Sweden.

The benefits of using MPL for commercial removals to Sweden include:
  • Paying close attention to detail during all stages of planning and move management
  • Removing the burden from what can be a particularly daunting time for any business
  • Having many years of experience in providing successful commercial removals
  • Partnering with either FAIM or BAR accredited companies to ensure your move is carried out professionally, efficiently and securely
  • Having access to specialist equipment such as lifting equipment
  • Possessing local area knowledge and expertise in providing removals to Sweden
  • Providing you with the best possible price for your removals by comparing quotes on your behalf
  • Being able to provide client testimonials for our commercial removals services to give you peace of mind
Removals to Sweden - click here for full information on our removals to Sweden service or contact us now for a free online moving quote.

Moving to Sweden: About Malmo
Malmo is Sweden’s third largest city after Gothenburg and Stockholm. Located in the far South of Sweden, Malmo has a large multicultural population; 30% of its residents are of foreign origin, with half having at least one parent born outside of Sweden.  Malmo is now considered to be home to some 164 nationalities speaking 100 different languages.  This, together with the fact that Malmo is considered one of Europe’s richest farming regions producing quality ingredients including prime Baltic and North Atlantic fresh fish and seafood, make Malmo an exciting place to eat due to the diverse range of cuisines available.

Prior to the erection of the 8km Oresund Bridge in 2000, which connects Malmo with Copenhagen in Denmark, the city experienced a period of economic depression.  Many of Malmo’s traditional industries, including ship building closed down resulting in Sweden’s highest unemployment rate in 1995.  Since this period Malmo has undergone a substantial revival predominantly due to the Oresund Bridge and Malmo University College founded in 1998 both of which have integrated Malmo into the European Union.  The major transformation of Malmo has seen considerable architectural development which has in turn enticed new Biotech and IT companies to the city.  The University now employs 1500 people and attracts over 24,000 students.  Although prices in Malmo have gone up since the bridge, it still remains a relatively low cost of living compared to neighbouring cities. 10% of the population of Malmo now choose to work in Copenhagen which, thanks to the Oresund Bridge, is now only 20 minutes away.

Malmo is a city which clearly cares about its environment and sustainable living; the newly developed Western Harbour is now a 100% renewable energy district.  Evidence of other environmental initiatives includes biogas powered buses, locally produced organic food in schools and the Oresund Bridge which encourages the use of trains over cars.  Education, healthcare and basic standard of living are accessible to all.  Malmo is also a city which takes sexual equality seriously; a much higher percentage of women occupy professional and managerial positions in Malmo than in most other countries.  This equality is positively encouraged with a working culture which embraces family life with the provision of subsidised childcare and generous maternity benefits including 16 months paid leave.

Despite its expansion the city of Malmo remains small and friendly with a real sense of community.  The city is now under good leadership and this is apparent in the continued development of Malmo and involvement by the wider community which is actively encouraged.  As with many other Swedish cities, Malmo provides over 400km of bicycle paths and is therefore the vehicle of choice for around 40% of commuters.

Malmo is now a cosmopolitan city with an atmosphere to match.  With its reclaimed seafront and its many beautiful beaches and parks it is not difficult to understand why Malmo is now widely acclaimed as a summer city.  The most southerly of locations in Sweden mean that Malmo’s climate is closer to that of Milan in Italy rather than some of the more northerly Swedish towns.  Summers are warm and pleasant with temperatures of around 20-21 degrees - the occasional heatwave is not uncommon either.  Despite Scandinavia’s reputation for snowfall, in Malmo some winters are virtually snow free, although still cold with temperatures ranging between -3 and +4 degrees.

The ancient city centre of Malmo is reasonably small with a cosy and intimate feel due to being ordered around a number of city squares - Stora Torget (big square), Lilla Torget (small square), Gustav Adolf and David Hall squares.  Lilla Torg is the place to be when the sun goes down; people gather here to enjoy its many restaurants, bars and clubs which are open until 3am.  Many of the quaint streets are pedestrianized making them perfect for exploring Malmo’s large number of historical and picturesque landmarks from various periods including wooden houses which date back to the 1500’s. 

Malmo could quite easily be referred to as a garden city due to its abundance of wide open spaces and parkland.  Folkets Park, Slottparken, Pildammparken and Kungsparken provide a natural corridor between Ribersborg beach and the Stadion area of town in the north east.  Each park seems to have something different to offer.

Folkets Park dates back to the early 19th century making it one of Malmo’s oldest parks.  The original theatre and bandstand built for the entertainment of the working class still remain and the park has a particular appeal to children due to its amusement park and petting zoo which also offers pony rides.

Kungparken or Kings Park was opened by Swedish King, Oscar II in 1872.  Today it is filled with beautiful flowers, rare trees and avenues offering welcome shade in the summer months.  The park’s original restaurant is now home to Malmo’s casino, Cosmopol.

Lawns bordered by large wooded areas, ponds and sculptures can all be found at Slottsparken (Castle Park).  The most famous of the sculptures located in the park is ‘Man and Pegasus’ by Carl Milles.  If for nothing else the park is worth a visit for the architectural wonder of the city library or the ‘Calendar of Light’ as it is referred to due to its unique glass and sandstone structure.

Malmo’s largest park, Pildammsparken’s appeal is its avenue of flowers, ponds, lawns and beautiful groves. The ‘Queen Silvia Rose Garden’ is the parks most recent feature and is simply stunning.  In the summer the park also hosts open-air concerts and theatrical performances.

Malmo is one of the few cities where you can enjoy beautiful sandy beaches without having to leave the city.  Ribersborg is the 2.5km man-made beach located in Western Harbour and is acclaimed as the ‘Rivera of the North’ or the ‘Swedish Riviera’.  There is also a sea water bathing facility located just off the pier here, but be warned that nude bathing is permitted here so you might get more than you bargained for.  Other popular beaches include Sibbarp, Klagshamn and Scaniabadet.

The long broadwalk at Western Harbour which, prior to the city’s redevelopment, was a run-down harbour area is practically bursting with life with the buzz of its many restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs.   ‘The turning torso’ is a famous landmark located here and towers some 200ft above the city skyline. You can also get a fabulous view of the Oresund Bridge and on a clear day you might even catch a glimpse of the Copenhagen coast.

Removals to Sweden - click here for full information on our removals to Sweden service or contact us now for a free online moving quote.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Moving to Sweden – In the Spotlight: Gothenburg

Moving Partnership (MPL) provide removals to Sweden in Scandinavia including the city of Gothenburg.  We understand that moving to Sweden whether it be for home or business can be a daunting experience, so our removals service endeavours to eliminate some of that stress for you.  Instead of wasting valuable time phoning round for quotes we’ll make the calls for you.  And for removals to Sweden, we can save you money too, due to the discounts we can secure due to our excellent connections.

When moving to Sweden, you need to be sure that you are dealing with a reputable shipping and removals company.  At MPL we bestow our clients peace of mind by working predominantly with companies that are FAIM accredited or members of the British Association of removers.  Such companies offer the highest standards of removals to Sweden due to the stringent procedures they are required to follow.

We provide three different services for shipping and removals to Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia.  The service most suited to your needs will depend on among other factors, the size of your move.   Your possessions can be transported in a dedicated vehicle, as part of a load or via a special service where your moving dates can be specified. International shipping can be provided in 20ft or 40 ft containers as well as in a shared consignment and by air.

Looking to cut the cost of your removals to Sweden without compromising on service?

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Moving to Sweden: About Gothenburg
The city of Gothenburg can be found on the west coast of Sweden and is located in the centre of Scandinavia approximately half way between two capital cities; Copenhagen in Denmark and Oslo in Norway.  Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden in terms of population with almost 2 million inhabitants.  The city takes its name from the ‘Geats’, the inhabitants of Gothia now Southern Sweden and ‘Gothia Borg’ or Fortress which was built to protect the port viewed as Sweden’s trading opportunity with the West.

Founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolpohus, Gothenburg is nestled by the sea at the mouth of the river Gota Alv which runs through the city.  The fact that the river flows into an arm of the North Sea, which provides the largest sea port in Scandinavia has assisted the city to become the trading city it is today.  Gothenburg is also home to the second largest airport in Scandinavia.

Despite Gothenburg’s northerly location the climate is not nearly as cold as places occupying similar latitude due to its influence from the warm Gulf Stream.  The city has an oceanic climate; summers are warm with an average high of around 20 degrees and winters cold and windy with median temperatures of -5.  Snowfall typically occurs between the months of December and March but has been known as late as May!  Hours of daylight vary dramatically with the seasons; expect 17 hours in summer and around 10 hours less in late December.

The city of Gothenburg has many students due to having the largest University in Scandinavia -the University of Gothenburg has a staggering 25,000 students and also based here is the Chalmers University of Technology, founded by William Chalmers, son of a Scottish immigrant.

Moving to Sweden: Living in Gothenburg
Gothenburg is home to an eclectic mix of architecture which has been influenced by many different eras from the 17th century.  Houses were originally made of wood, although very few remain for this reason.  In the 18th century houses took a more classical look with imposing stone structures that were erected along the canal area.  A great example from this era is East India House where Gothenburg City Museum is now located.  Since 1960 the city has seen a large number of newly built homes, of which almost half consist of apartments for rent, whereas freehold properties are almost always occupied by their owners.

People living here benefit from an excellent public transport system.  With some 80km of track, Gothenburg tram is the largest light railway network in the whole of Scandinavia and the bus network is equally important to its residents and tourists alike.  To get about, purchase a Västtrafik ticket, which is valid for use of the tram, bus network and most trains.

Extensive welfare benefits and extremely low crime rates make Gothenburg an enviable place to live.  In fact the standard of living and life expectancy in Sweden are amongst the highest in the world.  Despite house prices being some of the cheapest in Europe, the cost of living for items such as food, cigarettes and petrol tend to be more expensive, but can often be found cheaper if you shop around.  The relatively high cost of living is reflected in salaries which average at 30,000 SEK (Swedish Krona) a month, which equates to just over £2,800.

Moving to Sweden: Working in Sweden
Due to Gothenburg having the largest port in Scandinavia it’s not surprising that trade and shipping play a major role in employing people here.  For many years however, Sweden has been better known for its engineering brilliance and inventions such as Skype and online music provider, Spotify.  High tech manufacturers such as SKF and Ericsson are significant employers and Volvo who has its global headquarters based in Gothenburg is the largest employer of them all.  Other important trades include the banking and finance industry and events and tourism, so a real mix of career opportunities to choose from.  Do bear in mind however that unemployment in Sweden runs at around 7%.

Language is unlikely to be a barrier when moving to Sweden as 89% of Swedes under the age of 60 speak English and do so very well due to the high standards of education.  Whilst Swedish citizens can at first appear to be very reserved, they are extremely warm and friendly once they get to know you.

Moving to Sweden: Leisure in Gothenburg
Gothenburg is unlike many other European cities; high rise buildings are few and far between whereas parks, nature reserves and green avenues can be found in abundance - not forgetting the canal which flows through the city.  The biggest park here, which tends to be popular with younger people is Slottskagen.  Many of the cities music festivals including Way Out West, Metal Town and the Jazz Festival are held here annually, as well as other cultural events.  For this reason Gothenburg is commonly referred to as the ‘event city’ or ‘city of culture’.  As well as its many festivals Slottskagen is popular for picnics, outdoor pursuits, sports and sunbathing with people hanging out in the park drinking and socialising until late in the evening during the summer months.  A free zoo with penguins, seals, horses, pigs, elk, goats and a great selection of birds can also be found within Slottskagen’s 137 hectares, as can Europe’s most important botanical garden for flower and plant lovers.

For thrills and spills make sure you visit Leisburg, Scandinavia’s biggest amusement park.  Leisburg is open from the end of April and closes for the winter during the first week of October.  35 rides ensure that this amusement park won’t disappoint with rides suitable for children right through to grown-ups.

Gothenburg also offers great nightlife and shopping.  Many of the city’s clubs offer free admission, although those open until 3am usually charge.  Do be warned that many of the clubs operate a tight dress code policy and make you queue regardless of if it is busy or not.  Expect the clubs and bars to be particularly busy around the 25th of the month which tends to be pay day. 

The shopping areas are all in relatively close proximity with perhaps the most beautiful shopping locations provided by Vasagalan in a green valley location overhung with trees offering an array of boutiques or Haga in the city’s old quarter with its 19th century wooden buildings and cobbled streets.  In keeping with Sweden’s café culture, both Vasagalan and Haga also offer a wide number of cafés and restaurants to choose from.  If you prefer a shopping mall environment then try Nordstan and NK.

Removals to Sweden - click here for full information on our removals to Sweden service, or contact us to discuss your requirements.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Moving to Denmark: In the Spotlight Copenhagen

Moving Partnership (MPL) provide high quality, competitively priced removals to Denmark.  We have many years experience in providing international removal services and cater for all types of removals to Denmark, including domestic, commercial and corporate relocations. We can even assist with more specialist removals to Denmark, by offering services such as the importation of vehicles, machinery and pets.  So regardless of whether you are moving to Denmark to be closer to family, have been offered a relocation package with work or require specialist services for removals to Denmark; we can provide a reliable, tailor made removals service to meet your requirements. 

We provide removals to Denmark to all areas including: Aalborg, Aarhus Copenhagen, Esbjerg, Fredericksberg, Odense, Gentofte, Gladsaxe, Randers, Kolding, Horsens, Lyngby-Taarbæk, Vejle, Hvidovre, Roskilde, Helsingør, Herning, Silkeborg, Næstved, Greve-Strand, Tårnby, Fredericia, Ballerup, Rødovre, Viborg, Køge, Holstebro, Brøndby, Taastrup, Slagelse, Hillerød, Albertslund, Sønderborg, Svendborg, Herlev, Holbæk, Hjørring, Hørsholm, Frederikshavn, Haderslev, Nørresundby, Skive, and Ringsted.

Removals to Denmark - About Our Service

For removals to Denmark from the UK / Europe, we offer three different removals services; part load or groupage for smaller removals to Denmark, a dedicated vehicle for larger relocations and a special service which allows you to specify both delivery and collection dates (for full loads only).

For shipping to Denmark from international countries, we provide removals in 20ft and 40ft containers, groupage services and air freight.

Our service works as follows: we compare a wide range of removal quotes on your behalf and pass on the savings that we make directly to you. Quotations are tailored to your requirements and provided free of charge, so there is no obligation to go ahead. To ensure our removals to Denmark are of the highest quality, we only partner with reliable, well respected removal companies. Most of these are either  BAR registered or FAIM accredited. 

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Moving to Denmark: About Copenhagen

With a history which dates back to a settlement almost 6000 years ago, Copenhagen is a city which is rich in culture and history.  Originally a fishing village called Havn or ‘Harbour’, the vast majority of Danes made their living through fishing. Nowadays, the city has many architectural wonders, both old and new, and is often referred to as the ‘city of spires.’ This is due to its horizontal skyline which is only broken by the spires of its many splendid churches and castles.  Also located here and well worth a visit is the Amalienborg Palace, one of four palaces which border a square in the city centre. This is home to the Danish Royal Family, the oldest monarchy in the world. 

Copenhagen is famous for the iconic Little Mermaid Statue (‘the little seawoman’) that sits on a rock in Copenhagen harbour in Langeline.  The statue was based on the popular fairytale by Danish poet and author, Hans Christian Anderson who originally wrote the tale of a mermaid willing to give her life in the sea for the love of a prince, as a ballet.  Since its original publication in 1837, the Little Mermaid has been adapted for musical theatre and more recently a Disney film in 1989.

Copenhagen is considered one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world and one offering the best quality of life.  It's inhabitants consideration for their environment is displayed in a number of different ways: the harbour is so clean you can swim it and practically everybody rides a bike.  Over half of all who live here cycle 1.2 kilometres daily and 36% take advantage of the city's many bicycle paths as a means of commuting to work.

Denmark is located in Northern Europe and bordered by the Baltic and North Sea.  The city of Copenhagen is situated on the island of Zealand which is part of the Oresund region consisting of Zealand, Lolland-Falister and Bornholm in Denmark and Scania in Sweden. 

Despite enjoying temperatures about five degrees higher than destinations occupying similar latitude, the climate in Copenhagen is unstable and changeable throughout the four seasons due to lying in the path of the Atlantic's low pressure systems.

Moving to Denmark: Living in Copenhagen
Denmark is renowned as the least corrupt country in the world with Danes bestowing a high level of trust and satisfaction with the country’s political institutions which date back to the age of the Vikings. Denmark has an inherent warmth and hospitality with an egalitarian society which has earned it the accolade of the happiest country in the world in 2010. 

Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen has a multitude of districts each with its own distinctive characteristics.  Denmark’s neo-modernism architects are continually influencing the streets of Copenhagen with natural and modern buildings.  Danish architecture is of a very high standard and notorious for offering wide open space, contemporary design with a distinctive use of colour, concrete and glass.  Since the completion of the Oresund bridge in 2000 which connected Denmark with Southern Sweden, the cities of Copenhagen and Malmo are merging together to form a combined metropolitan area.

Housing in Copenhagen tends to be a mix of apartments and houses which are available for both rent and purchase.  Rental properties are available on a long or short term basis from as little a period as a month and can be provided furnished or unfurnished.  Whilst Copenhagen generally offers a clean and safe environment throughout, some areas are more attractive than others. The most popular living areas are Aarhus, Aalborg and Odense.

Copenhagen also benefits from one of the most reliable and efficient public transport systems in the world and continues to be developed and improved.  Divided into coloured zones to determine the fare you pay for your journey, Copenhagen’s public transport system consists of Metro, bus and tram and will get you anywhere you wish to go in the city.  Tickets for all three forms of transport can be purchased and used limitless times whilst the ticket is valid.

Moving to Denmark: Working in Copenhagen
As with most Scandinavian countries, you will most definitely be at an advantage of gaining employment in Denmark if you speak Danish, regardless of the fact that most people speak English.

Within Copenhagen the most important sectors for industry and employment are IT, life science and shipping, closely followed by research and development.  Industrial design and furniture also continue to be one of Denmark’s biggest exports with Danish designers creating some of the most usable and aesthetically pleasing articles in the world - the iconic Sydney Opera house was even designed by one of Denmark’s famous designers, Jorn Utzon.

Despite Denmark being the smallest country in Scandinavia, Copenhagen has the largest airport in Scandinavia making it a particularly popular hub for conventions and regional business headquarters.

Moving to Denmark: Leisure in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has an extremely airy feel due to its abundance of water, parks, gardens and cycle paths.  The city’s parks provide the perfect place for relaxation, picnics, sunbathing or a gentle stroll and most offer plenty of playground activities for children.  Faelledparken is Copenhagen’s largest park and is the location for many events throughout the summer months.  King’s Garden is particularly popular with the locals, with its puppet theatre being a big hit with children during the summer.  Frederiksberg Gardens is also well visited; it features a Chinese Gazebo, large open spaces and a lake and canal where you can enjoy boat rides in the summer - from the park you can even see the elephant enclosure from the neighbouring zoo.

Copenhagen is clearly a city which has an outstanding reputation for food, ranging from its infamous open sandwich which is known in Denmark as Smorrebrod (‘butter bread’) to its Michelin Starred restaurants.  Smorrebrod is based on rye bread and traditionally served at lunchtime with a raft of different toppings including seafood, raw beef, herring and egg.  As for fine dining, there’s no shortage of restaurants to choose from as Copenhagen boasts more stars than any other city in Scandinavia.  Perhaps the best known restaurant in Denmark is Noma, run by Rene Redzepi.  Noma appears alongside some of the best restaurants in the world and has been featured in the UK series of Masterchef on a number of occasions.  Newcomer restaurant AOC also appears on the exclusive list of Michelin Starred restaurants.

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Moving to Norway - In the Spotlight: Oslo

If you’re looking for reliable removals to Norway or removals to Scandinavia, Moving Partnership can help. We have many years experience in providing shipping and removals in the UK and overseas, including domestic and commercial removals to Norway. 

Our service works to  save you time and money, by comparing many removal quotes on your behalf, to find the best priced, most suitable service for your individual requirements.  We have long-standing partnerships with removal companies worldwide, which enables us command significant discounts on their standard removal fees. This makes our quotes for removals to Norway highly competitive, without compromising quality.

Indeed you can have full peace of mind that your possessions will be looked after during the removals to Norway process, as the majority of the companies that we partner with are FAIM or BAR accredited based on the quality of service they provide.

We cater for moves of all sizes and can offer a wide range of services including full container shipping / transportation by road, groupage and air freight. For removals within Europe, we offer a special service where you can specify the exact dates of your removals to Norway (full loads only). Additional services such as packing, storage, cleaning, unpacking and even removals insurance can be discussed and added to your quotation ensuring that we tailor our services to your exact needs.

We provide removals to all areas of Norway including the capital Oslo and other major cities such as Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim.

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Moving to Norway: About Oslo

If you are considering removals to Norway, and are thinking about moving to Oslo, you should be aware that it is ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world next to Zurich, Geneva, Copenhagen, Paris and Tokyo.  This is however, reflected by an extremely high quality of life; Oslo has held the top spot in the UN’s ‘Quality of Life Index’ for several years.

Founded in 1049 by King Harold Hardrade, the city has been destroyed by fire on several occasions throughout its history.  Oslo is one of few cities in Norway and is the most populated; it is fact the fastest growing city in the whole of Europe due to its population which is increasing at record rates as a result of immigration, high birth rates and national migration.  There are 1.5M people currently living in Oslo, 28% of which account for immigrants. By 2030 this immigration statistic is expected to reach a staggering 50%!

Modernists interpret the word Oslo to mean ‘the meadow at the foot of a hill’ which is very apt considering the wondrous beauty of this city.  Built in a horseshoe shape on the shores of the Oslo Fjord, Oslo is surrounded by green hills, forests, mountains and some 343 lakes.  The largest of these lakes is Maridalsvannet measuring 1.5 sq. miles and provides the main source of drinking water for much of the city. The city centre is compact but Oslo has an extremely airy and green appearance thanks to its many parks and open areas.

Oslo is said to have a humid continental climate, with mild to warm summers with an average temperature of 20-22, however heat waves are not uncommon.  The winter months of January through to March are cold and snowy with average temperatures of -1 to -7 degrees.  Oslo’s northerly location means that the hours of daylight vary dramatically with the seasons.  In the summer months, Oslo’s 18hrs of sunlight mean that it never gets completely dark whereas winter months see only 6hrs of daylight.

Oslo is possibly most famous for the 65-80ft Christmas tree that it has sent to Britain every year since 1947 as an expression of gratitude for its support of Norway during World War II and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony which is held annually at the City Hall on 10th December.

With a diverse mix of architecture, Oslo is home to many famous landmarks including the Royal Palace, Stortinget or ‘Parliament’, National Theatre and Stock Exchange, all of which were built in the 19th century. 

Moving to Norway: Living in Oslo

Whilst you can't get away from the fact that it is expensive to live in Oslo, it is also one of the greenest and most liveable cities in the world - perhaps a reason why its immigration figures are so high and continue to increase.  

The price of buying or renting property in Oslo is considered to be high, but it is cheaper than in other expensive cities.  Rental properties are in huge demand, and correct at the time of writing, a small one bed apartment in the city centre will cost around 10,000 Norwegian Krone (NOK) or £1100 per month. Property outside of the centre in towns such as Drammen and Porsgrum costs significantly less, and many residents now opt to live further out and commute in to work.

Houses in Oslo are well built and fully insulated with heating in all rooms due to the cold climate.  The quality requirements for housing are high which means that simple inexpensive housing is difficult to come by.

Goods and services, particularly those with an associated labour cost, push up the cost of living in Oslo, due to the country's expensive employment costs.  For example,  the average salary for a barman is 230,000 NOK or £25,000 per annum.  Cars are also very expensive to run, costing almost double that of a car here in the UK. Luckily this is a city which is compact and is serviced by an extensive public transport system, so a car is not necessarily essential. The tramway operates in the areas within close proximity of the city centre and the metro runs underground to service further away suburbs.  Bikes are also available for rent all over the city.

Moving to Norway: Working in Oslo

Oslo has a working population nearing 1 million people with a serious work ethic which means that productivity rates are consistently high.

It is the hub for Norwegian trade with banking, oil and gas and shipping prevalent industries within the city.  Maritime trade and industry is particularly important to Oslo with some of the World’s largest shipping companies and maritime ship brokers based here. There are almost 2,000 shipping related companies within Oslo, employing 8,500 people within this sector.

If you are considering moving to Norway opportunities for work are limited if you don’t speak some degree of Norwegian, but will  depend on the type of work you are after.   If you are looking to work in tourism, certain teaching posts or a bar or café, then language shouldn’t be a barrier.

Moving to Norway: Leisure in Oslo

The Norwegians love the great outdoors and with scenery like that who can blame them!.  Walking, fishing and cycling are all popular activities, or for a great day out, take the ferry to the 12th century Monastery ruins on Hovedoya Island - one of the 40 islands in the Oslo fjords.  As well as the monastery, you can relax on the one of the islands many beaches or walk through the islands lush forest.  If visiting in the summer months get up early as it is extremely popular.

As a country steeped in so much history it’s not surprising that Oslo has many museums - there are over 50 located around the city.  One excellent one to visit is 'Bygdoy' located just outside of the city centre, where you can learn about the history of the Norwegian Vikings. Also be sure to go to the Viking Ship Museum which houses the best preserved Viking ships in the World.  Many of these ships were excavated over 100 years ago and are filled with authentic treasures such as tools, jewellery and sledges.

The Farmers Markets in Oslo are popular with the locals and tourists alike, and are great for sampling and purchasing Norwegian specialities. These include smoked ham and sausages, home made produce such as jam and honey and its many delicious cheeses - the white goats cheese is infamous!

Despite being an initially reserved race, Norway has no shortage of festivals with many taking place in Oslo including 'Oslo Live', a 6-day Jazz festival held annually in August for the last 25 years and 'Oyafestivalen' or ‘Oya’ - one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe which attracts 60,000 people over 4 days.

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