Hey guys! Pleased New Year and welcome back to American Expats, a series that shows you what expat life is like in cities and nations about the planet. Subsequent up we have Silvia, a Norwegian-American who is living in Norway. Silvia is 1 of my preferred bloggers so I can not wait to share her story right here.
Right here, she discusses snowy winters, road-tripping about Norway, and deciding on to reside in Norway extended-term.
My name is Silvia and I grew up in Massachusetts but now am living in Norway, exactly where I function as a travel blogger at Heart My Backpack.
On the nearby culture: Norwegians are fairly reserved and laid-back. But I’ve come to embrace becoming additional relaxed about receiving stuff accomplished and not stressing more than extended silences. (There are a lot of extended silences more than right here!)
On producing mates: I met pretty a lot all of my mates in Norway when I was functioning aspect-time at a supermarket throughout my initially year right here. Norwegians can be reserved at initially, so it is surely easiest to make mates at function or by way of shared hobbies.
On receiving a Norwegian visa: I have dual US and Norwegian citizenship for the reason that my mother is Norwegian. But for foreigners searching to move to Norway, I’ve written an short article detailing the various visa solutions for moving to Norway right here.
On the climate: Norwegian winters are fairly comparable to these in Massachusetts. I really appreciate that Norwegian winters are so cold for the reason that it indicates we quite a lot generally have snow in the winter. And I really feel like stunning snowy days are so a lot much easier to deal with than cold rainy ones!
I’m about to move to Northern Norway, exactly where we’ll only have a couple of hours of sunlight in the winter, so that may possibly be hard, but Norwegians are seriously very good at producing winters super cozy indoors, so I’m hoping it will be okay. Plus there will be Northern Lights!
On healthcare: Healthcare is totally free, we just spend a smaller administrative charge when we go to the physician (I feel if you go normally sufficient you no longer have to spend that charge either).
On the very best cities in Norways for expats: There are lots of expats in Oslo and Bergen, although personally, my preferred Norwegian city is Trondheim. But if you seriously want to integrate right here I would really suggest moving to a smaller sized town rather, exactly where you will not be tempted just to hang out with other foreigners.
On Norwegian meals: I appreciate Norwegian candy, specifically the chocolate, and the fish right here is seriously very good. We consume a lot of fish and potatoes. Oh and the waffles right here are incredible. There are also some seriously wonderful beers right here! Even though alcohol is really high-priced in Norway, so I drink way much less right here than I ever have anyplace else in the planet.
On classic Norwegian breakfasts: We normally consume bread with lots of various toppings like cheese, cold cuts, and tinned fish.
On the price of living: The price of living in Norway is fairly higher. Standard rent in a city will get started at about $1200 for a tiny studio apartment, although in smaller sized towns you can get a spacious two bedroom apartment for the very same quantity. Consuming out in Norway is extremely high-priced, as is each public transport and automobiles/fuel. But wages right here are also fairly higher (I produced amongst $20-$30 an hour functioning as a supermarket cashier when I initially moved right here) so if you have a job right here the living charges will not be a dilemma. Plus that will imply that quite a lot everywhere else in the planet will look less expensive when you travel outdoors of Norway.
On feeling protected: I’ve lived in seven nations now, and I’ve by far felt the safest in Norway!
On mastering Norwegian: Norwegian is 1 of the easiest languages for English speakers to understand. It is a Germanic language, so a lot of the words are comparable to English words, and the grammar is really fairly straightforward. The hardest factor about Norwegian is all the dialects, which can differ significantly even from 1 village to the subsequent, most likely for the reason that of the mountains separating communities. I spoke some Norwegian when I moved right here, but my boyfriend is English and didn’t know any Norwegian when we moved right here 3 years ago, and now he’s fundamentally fluent.
On becoming an American in Norway: Norwegians utilized to feel it was so bizarre that I would pick to reside in Norway more than the US for the reason that they feel the US is a lot additional fascinating, although now everybody assumes that I do not want to reside there for political factors. I’ll also say that normally persons have treated me a lot much better when they recognize I’m from the US and not Eastern Europe, which is a actual shame.
In common, Norwegians look to feel that Americans and British persons are super cool and intriguing, which I guess is good for me although it also tends to make me really feel guilty that I’m treated much better than other foreigners for no valid cause at all.
On Norwegian style: I seriously appreciate Norwegian style, although I’ll also say that in some cases persons right here go a tiny overboard with trends. Like each and every season most persons will put on the precise very same factor, it is a tiny bizarre. But perhaps it is just like that in smaller nations?
On travel inside Norway: Unfortunately, the public transport here isn’t wonderful, partly for the reason that it is such an huge nation with couple of persons. The very best way to get about is by automobile.
I come across driving in Norway seriously quick as most roads are quiet and there are not several huge highways, so the views are generally stunning. I’ve traveled all about Norway now and I’d surely say Northern Norway is my preferred! The landscape is additional rugged up there, there are fewer persons, plus you can see reindeer and the Northern Lights!
On what she craves when she’s homesick: Cheerios! And mac and cheese! Fundamentally, I miss kid’s meals, haha. There are not as several meals solutions right here as in American supermarkets, which can be frustrating when I’m missing specific foods or even attempting to cook with American recipes. But then on the flip side now when I go back to the US I really feel super overwhelmed by all the meals selections!
On Easter: Norway is a largely secular nation, however it has the longest Easter break in the planet. But rather of going to church, everybody is in the mountains skiing! It is nonetheless challenging for me to wrap my head about Easter becoming a ski vacation right here, although it is also a seriously entertaining way to celebrate the finish of winter and get started of spring.
On living in Norway extended-term: I really feel really fortunate to be capable to reside in Norway, and right after moving about so a lot for my complete adult life I seriously want to have a permanent house now.
Takk, Silvia! Your images are beautiful.
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Ashley is a travel and life style blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Considering that college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the planet solo, and lived in Uganda. Her function has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.
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