Friday, 9 March 2012

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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