There’s no one-size-fits-all rule for settling into expat life in a new country, but here are a few helpful articles and personal stories that may help make your move a little easier.

If expats want to learn Norwegian, there are several books, CDs and other language programmes available in bookstores, at the library or in schools, not to mention online language-learning programmes, podcasts and apps. Norwegian is a Germanic language and is known for its 'sing-song' intonation.… Read more
Selina moved from the UK to Norway on a university exchange programme and stayed to teach at an international school in Bergen. She's loving just about everything in her new hometown. Read her advice on where to live, and about her experience of the great healthcare and good public transport. Read… Read more
After spending yearly holidays in Norway, Laura and her Norwegian husband finally made the move from the hustle and bustle of New York City to a small town just outside Oslo. The kids are settling in well, and she's loving the small-town life where neighbours climb over fences and the kids can walk… Read more
Evelyn moved from rural Kentucky to Norway after a penpal romance blossomed into love and marriage. She's loving the scenery and clean, crisp air in Skien, where she's settled with her Norwegian husband and American cat. Read about her experiences of getting a visa, and her impressions as a newly… Read more
Jay is a teacher who left Canada with her husband, who works in the oil and gas industry, to live in Gabon, West Africa for two years before moving once more to Stavanger, Norway. Although she misses the tropical weather in West Africa, she's loving her beautiful new Scandinavian home and isn't… Read more
Gisèle, a Central American expat living in Norway, has embraced this Scandinavian nation's egalitarian principles with open arms and a self-actualised air. In her interview with EA she gives expats some tried and trusted tips on making friends, and some much-needed insight into a work culture that… Read more
By Anna Maria Moore Most people equate the Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland) with cold weather. Many have heard about the long, harsh winters, but they aren’t necessarily aware of the enveloping darkness that accompanies the autumn and winter months. No matter when you… Read more
The first time I saw someone standing frozen on a corner in downtown Oslo with her face turned up into the sun, I found it odd. She was blissfully staring into the sunlight as if waiting for the mothership to take her home. It was September and still warm, but winter was creeping up. Two years… Read more

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