Hi- I'm moving to Oslo in the near future with my Norwegian fiance. Initially, he planned to be the working half of the relationship while I brushed up on my Norwegian and got settled, but now all the information I'm reading cites that Oslo is so expensive that it's likely we may need two incomes in order to survive and live well. Can anyone advise on the cost of living in Oslo - is this true?
A piece of advice:
- Definetly focus on the language before you get a full-time job: I didn't, and because of it it took me much longer to become fluent. The work market in Oslo is very dynamic so you will probably find something fairly quickly when you are ready.
- I recommend you take a part-time job at the begining. It will not only help you economically, but it will also help you to get to know the culture.
- If you can justify that you have lived with your husband for 2years+, you might be able to attend norwegian classes for free (ask for more information at the language school "Rosenhof")
- Depending on your fiance's income, you can decide whether to live in the city or in the outskirts. However, everything is easier when you live near the city center: going out, shopping, making friends & finding your way around in general. The east side is cheaper.
- Paperwork: you will need a temporary "social security number" or what is called in Norway "personummer". Without it, you practically don't exist here, and you will need it to get a bank account.
I wish you the best of luck in your Norwegian adventure! My blog is about my experience here, you might find it useful: www.expatsnorway.com
IS your salary of 20 500NOK net per month? That means is this what you are left with after taxes?
If yes, then you can survive with your wife. Renting an appartment will take at least half of your salary (depending on where & what size is the place you want to live in of course).
Regarding your visa, it is impossible to know. Who applied for it? Is your employer helping you? I suggest you find out if your file has a reference number and that you contact them directly. The agency that processes visas and residence permits is called "UDI": http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/
Congratulations in finding a job in Norway and good luck in this new adventure!