If you are moving to Norway from Australia, you would no doubt expect significant lifestyle changes ahead. Europe in general is an absolute smorgasbord of lifestyles and cultures, each quite different from the Australian in many ways. On top of that, Norway is as unique as it gets, even when compared to all the other European countries. Norwegians cherish their way of life and everything that makes it so unique. They rejected joining the European union twice via referendum in order to preserve it. If one could describe Norway in just 3 words, then “fascinating, unique and challenging” are likely to be right on the money.
Fascinating – a breathtaking scenery featuring long and ragged coastline, riddled with Fjords and some 75 thousand isles. If that isn’t enough, impressive mountain peaks and the largest mountain plateau in Europe are waiting for you to explore. Such a variety and shear abundance of clean, well preserved natural environment could not be found anywhere else in Europe. If you love hiking, climbing or bush-walking, or simply enjoy nature, Norway will put an eternal smile on your face.
Unique – geographic location, climate, land space to population ratio, are just a few obvious features unique to Norway. Hammerfest in Norway is the world’s northernmost town, while the village of Nordkapp is the northernmost point in Europe. It is actually closer to the North Pole than to capital Oslo. While Norwegian climate can be harsh and extremely cold in some parts, Norway is ranked as a country least likely in the world to be affected by climate change.
Norway has a total of 323,802 square km, and just over 5 million in population. This unique space to population ratio means that Norwegians can enjoy abundance of space and this is not only the case in rural areas. Cities are not densely populated, unlike in other European countries. London, for example, has 10 times population of Oslo, however, it is only 3 times the size of the Norwegian capital. The average size apartments in Oslo are much more spacious compared to those in Australia. Whatever the size of your family is, when moving to Norway from Australia the accommodation space will not be an issue.
Moving to Norway – Interesting Facts
- Norway’s formal name is Kongeriket Norge (Kingdom of Norway)
- Norway was originally called Nordweg, meaning the “Northern Way”
- Citizenship is not given by birth. It is by descent only and at least one parent must be a citizen of Norway.
- The colours on Norway’s flag recall its past political unions with Denmark (red and white) and Sweden (blue)
- According to the 2013 Global Peace Index, Norway is one of the most peaceful countries in the world
- Norway’s public Universities are free for students from anywhere in the world
Did you know that:
- The official Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square in London has come from Norway every year since 1946?
- Norway introduced Salmon Sushi to the Japanese in the 80’s?
- Norway has the world’s highest petrol prices at $10.12 per gallon, even though it is on of the world’s largest exporter of crude oil?
- Norway’s first aircraft hijacking was resolved after the hijacker surrendered his weapon in exchange for more beer?
- Norway had a nation-wide “butter crisis” in 2011, when a single pack (250g) reached US $50 in shops?
- There is a town in Norway called “Hell”?
The Norwegian economy is a prosperous one with a vibrant private sector, a large state sector and an extensive social safety net. Norway opted to stay out of the EU during a referendum in November 1994. Nonetheless, as a member of the European Economic Area, it contributes significantly to the EU budget.
The country is rich with natural resources, including oil and gas, hydro-power, fish, forests and minerals. The government manages the country’s petroleum resources through extensive regulation. Norway is one of the world’s leading petroleum exporters and the petroleum sector provides about 19% of GDP.
Norway is ranked 11th in the world for GDP per capita – US $68,400 (2015 est.). Unemployment rate is 4.4% (2015 est.), which makes Norway 43rd in the world on that account. Australia is 71st with 6.2% as a comparison.
Moving to Norway is a stress-free experience with Nuss
When you are facing a monumental task such as relocating to Norway from Australia, you will no doubt look for a best service option. Preparation, organisation and timing of the move are crucial for all international removals. On top of that, the right advice from an experienced moving company can potentially save you a lot of grief. Nuss consultants have the experience and knowledge required, having managed overseas removals on daily basis. After all, international moving and relocation is our specialty.