Beat the bureaucracy: 7 essential articles to read before moving to Norway

Life in Norway is great, but before you make the move, there’s plenty of red tape you should be aware of. Here’s our pick of seven articles to help smooth the bureaucratic process.

Trondheim, central Norway.
These seven articles should help you navigate the red tape when you come to Norway. Pictured is Trondheim in Norway. Photo by AQEEL AFZALI on Unsplash

Moving to another country can be a stressful process with plenty of obstacles along the way, no matter how organised or prepared you are. Whether it’s figuring out what paperwork you need, finding a place to live or setting up a bank account, there’s plenty to mull over.

Thankfully, we’ve got you covered and have put together seven articles you need to read if you are moving to Norway, or if you are new to the country and want a lay of the land.

The essential documents you need to have in Norway

For the uninitiated, Norway’s bureaucratic process can be pretty gruelling and sometimes it can feel like there’s enough red tape to cover the country with twice over.

Additionally, not having the proper paperwork can bring the whole process to a grinding halt and can essentially lock you out of certain parts of life in Norway or stop you from performing essential activities such as opening a bank account.

The article should act as an essential checklist for ensuring all your affairs are in order before upping sticks to Norway.

Eight things to know when renting an apartment in Norway

Every country’s rental market has its own idiosyncrasies, and Norway’s has several that can catch first time renters in the country out.

Whether it’s the large deposits required to secure a place, the breakneck speed of the rental market, average costs and where to find a place, there’s plenty of things you need to know about renting in Norway.

READERS REVEAL: What are the best banks for foreigners in Norway?

Opening a bank account can feel like a big step in the moving process and certainly helps you feel like a fully-fledged resident. However, deciding on a bank is no easy task.

Luckily our readers have provided their own advice on what the best bank accounts for foreign residents are and why, to help you make the right decision for you when it comes to opening your first account in Norway.

These are the hidden costs of living in Norway

It should come as absolutely zero surprise to anybody reading this that Norway can be a pricey place to call home. However, certain expenses will come as somewhat of a surprise to people new to the country.

To make matters worse, some of these will be hard to avoid.

Everything foreigners in Norway need to know about electronic IDs

Having an electronic ID is essential in Norway, and you won’t get very far at all without one. Electronic ID’s are proof of identity used for online services, from online banking to checking tax returns and viewing your Covid-19 certificate.

Unfortunately, their essentialness doesn’t translate to foreigners being able to access them easily. That’s why we put together a guide on the various forms of digital ID.

How to get a work permit in Norway

Work-life balance in Norway is hard to beat, and the salaries are nothing to blush at. If you are from outside the EEA, you will need a work permit to come and live in Norway.

To secure a work permit, you will typically have to have found a job in Norway before applying.

This article covers everything from where to apply, where to look to see what applies to you and what requirements you’ll need to meet to get a work permit.

For those still in the planning phase, the article gives you info on how long the process will take to get a work permit.

How to switch to a Norwegian phone number

If you’re wondering about changing to a local number once you arrive, you’ll need to check out this guide as it outlines not only how foreigners can switch to a Norwegian number, but also what’s required to make the change, as well as a tip on a provider that’s popular with foreign residents.

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How to register a change of address in Norway 

When you move houses in Norway, you must inform the authorities of your address change within a set period of time. Here’s what you need to know about the process 

How to register a change of address in Norway 

Moving can be a stressful process, making sure you have enough boxes, deciding what to take with you and what to get rid of and wondering whether or not your furniture will be a good fit in the new place. 

Therefore, it can be easy to overlook other important details, such as registering your change of address. 

When you move homes in Norway, you are legally required to notify the authorities of an address change either within 31 days of moving, or eight days after taking over the new place

This ensures that the address you are listed under in the national population register is correct. 

You will also need to register the move with the national postal service Posten Norge, too. 

What happens if you forget to register a move? 

Under the old population register laws, you could be punished with a fine for not reporting the move. 

However, this isn’t clear whether this is still the case following the introduction of the new Population Register Act.

However, if the Norwegian Tax Authority suspects that somebody has an incorrect address in the population register, they can request the person in question to appear at the nearest tax office to give a more detailed explanation of the matter. 

How do you report an address change?

To update your address in the National Population Register, you will need to head to the website of the Norwegian Tax Administration (Skatteetaten). 

 Once there, you will head to application portal to register an address change

You will need either a D-number or national identity number and an electronic ID, such as Commfides or BankID. MinID is also accepted

Once logged in, you’ll have the option to change your address and contact information that appears in the national registry. 

There is also the option to change your address abroad too. In most cases, this change will then happen automatically. 

You can also register to change the address in the national population register via a paper form. You’ll need to download it and submit it and a copy of an ID card that includes your date of birth, name, signature and photograph. You shouldn’t send a copy of a bank card that doubles up as a form of ID. 

The process for updating your address with the postal service is similar. You will need to head to Posten Norge’s website. You will then have the option to change your address online, which can only be done in Norwegian or download a form