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WHAT CHANGES IN NORWAY

Everything that changes in Norway in April 2022

New travel routes, tax deadlines, rising building material costs, more expensive mortgage repayments and the Easter holidays are among the things happening in Norway this April that you need to know about.

Pictured is a woman on a ferry.
There are a number of key changes you need to know about in Norway, such as more expensive repayments, new travel routes and more. Pictured is a woman on a ferry. Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash

Tax time! 

Not many peoples’ favourite time of the year, but you’ll still need to know about a few key dates in April. April 4th will see the final tax returns for the year sent out. The end of the month will see the deadline for submitting your tax return or applying for an extended deadline to file your tax info. 

READ MORE: Five things you need to know about tax returns in Norway

Ski seasons ends in most places 

From Easter onwards, ski resorts up and down the country will begin closing their lifts for the season. Some in northern Norway may stay open further into May, but most resorts will begin closing towards the end of April. 

If you haven’t already, it may be worth dusting off your ski boots sooner rather than later if you fancy skiing in the spring sun. 

Public holidays galore

Public holidays can be feast or famine in Norway, with it feeling like there can be a public holiday draught between Christmas and Spring and then from the Spring to the festive season. 

Luckily, we are entering the ‘feast’ stage of public holidays, meaning you should begin making plans for what you will be doing with all your extra free time. 

READ MORE: Norwegian public holidays: How to maximise your annual leave in 2022

There are four public holidays, although one is a Sunday, in April. These are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. The dates for said holidays are the 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th. 

Mortgages become more expensive

Loans and mortgages repayments will become more expensive for those who aren’t on fixed-rate deals. 

This is because Norway’s central bank, Norges Bank, raised the key interest rate in March. 

Since then, several banks have followed suit and hiked their rates. 

Påskeferie 

Norway’s Easter holidays will run between April 11th and April 18th. Unlike other vacations, such as the winter holidays, all of the kids will be off at the same time. 

Many in Norway pack up their cars and head to the mountains during the Easter holidays; if you’re new to Norway or haven’t had the opportunity to spend Easter here before, there are a lot of traditions to get into, whether its “easter crime” or stocking up on oranges and Kvikk Lunsj. 

Flyr’s Oslo Edinburgh route to take off

An Oslo to Edinburgh flight is among five new routes that Norwegian budget airline Flyr will launch in April. The other new destinations the airline is adding are Billund, Pisa, Prague and Stockholm.

READ MORE: Budget airline Flyr to launch Olso to Edinburgh route

The new route will make Edinburgh the airline’s first UK destination to which the airline will offer flights.

Time to take off the winter tyres 

On the 25th, the winter tyre season will officially end unless there’s a cold snap or snowstorm between now and then. 

This means you’ll need to switch to the summer set if you are using studded tyres. If you are caught driving studded tyres past this point, you’ll be fined 750 kroner per tyre.

If you are using regular winter tyres rather than studded ones, you won’t be required to change them, but you should probably should so that you don’t wear down the tread so that they no longer meet winter requirements. 

New ferry route between Norway and the Netherlands opens

From April 8th Holland Norway Lines will run a new route between Kristiansand, southern Norway, and Eemshaven, Groningen, the Netherlands, three days a week. 

READ MORE: New ferry route to connect Norway and Netherlands from 2022

The ferry will take 18 hours, departing from Kristiansand at 3pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. For trips into Norway, services leave the Netherlands at 3pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 

Building materials shoot up 

From April 1st, some building firms will be putting up the prices of their materials by as much as 20 percent due to the war in Ukraine. 

Optimera, Norway’s largest DIY materials player, which has around 140 Montér stores in Norway, has already announced that it will be raising prices. 

Altibox customers will lose access to TV2 

Altibox customers will likely lose access to TV2 after the two parties failed to agree to extend a deal that expires on March 31st. 

There are around 530,000 Altibox customers, and one million viewers could lose access to TV2 as a result. 

Norway’s domestic football league kicks off

Norway’s Eliteserien will kick off during the first weekend of April for sports lovers. The season will run until the end of November. 

Going to games is one of the few things that is cheaper in Norway than in other countries, particularly the UK. All eyes will be on whether Bodø/Glimt will be able to clinch a 3rd successive title come November. 

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WHAT CHANGES IN NORWAY

Everything that changes about life in Norway in May 2022

The first 'normal' Consitution Day celebrations for three years, more child-friendly train travel, and it becoming more expensive to buy an electric car are among the things you need to know about in May. 

Everything that changes about life in Norway in May 2022

First ‘normal’ May 17th celebrations for three years

For the first time in three years, Norway will have typical May 17th, or Constitution Day, celebrations. This comes after previous celebrations have been curtailed and cancelled due to the pandemic. 

This is a must-do activity if you’ve not been a part of non-pandemic disrupted celebrations in Norway. 

Kids and marching bands will participate in parades, and large swathes of the population will be adorned in their national costumes. 

The typical May 17th celebration day begins with a champagne breakfast followed by watching a parade and gatherings with friends and families. 

May 17th isn’t the only important occasion either… 

You should have a couple of other days in your calendar if you don’t already. First up, right at the beginning of the month, is Labour Day. 

May 1st is used to celebrate regular workers worldwide, and Norway is no different. Marching bands mark the day in Norway. 

Then exactly a week later, Norway will mark the day it was liberated during World War Two. If you want to learn more about Norway’s resistance during the German occupation, it may be worth paying a visit to the Resistance Museum in Akershus Fortress. 

The charge for buying an electric car will go up 

From the beginning of the month, it’ll become more expensive to purchase a used electric car. From May 1st, there’ll be a re-registration fee of up to 1,670 kroner to be paid when EVs change hands. 

The fee will be paid online via a digital self-service system. The rate for electric cars is still at a 75 percent discount compared to the maximum rate for petrol. 

READ MORE: What you need to know about owning an electric car in Norway

Renovated children’s carriages on train lines

From May 1st, train operator SJ will open renovated playrooms on its trains on the Nordlandsbannen and Dovrebanen. 

The carriages will have books, a model railway, toys, TV screens and a café which serves snacks and drinks. 

The Dovre line runs between Trondheim and Oslo and the Norrland line between Trondheim and Bodø. 

Tax returns for the self-employed

The deadline for business owners to submit their tax returns is May 31st. This applies to sole proprietorships (Enkeltpersonforetak/EK) and companies (Selskap/AS). 

You can read about the process of doing tax returns for both here.

READ MORE: The key Norwegian tax season dates you need to know about

Loan and mortgage repayments go up 

Norway’s central bank, Norges Bank, announced an interest rate hike at the end of March. As a result, existing customers of several banks can expect their repayments to go up from May. 

DNB will hike rates by 025 percent from May 13th. Nordea will up rates by the same amount from May 29th. 

Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge will also up interest rates on May 6th. 

May 11th will see Sparebanken Sør raise rates. 

Winter sports season gives way to hiking season 

May, weather dependent, is an excellent time for more active types to head to Norway’s national parks and trek across some of the country’s best trails before the summer holidays start and crowds arrive in their masses.

If you prefer life at a more relaxed pace, then spring also makes an excellent time for walks in the forest or parks.

Plan a fjord trip if you haven’t already

The country’s famous for its fjords and waterfalls, which are a sight to behold at all times of the year. Spring is the best time of year to see the country’s fjords and waterfalls.

May is the best time to see Norway’s waterfalls as the snow melts away and cascades down mountains. The month of May is also the best time to plan a trip to see Norway’s fjords.

This is because, in southwest Norway, thousands of fruit trees will bloom along the fjords, giving the surroundings a fresh spring look.

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