Your checklist on arrival

Upon arrival in Norway several practicalities need to be addressed. Some key steps to consider include:

Residency and Registration: Obtain residence card ( for people coming from outside the EU)) a personal identification number (personnummer) and tax deduction card (skattekort) from the Norwegian Tax Administration (Skatteetaten).

Housing: Secure accommodation in Norway, whether renting or purchasing a property. Research housing options in your desired area, taking into account factors such as location, size, amenities, and proximity to work or schools.

Banking and Finances: To open a bank account you need your personal identification number. Familiarize yourself with banking procedures, services, and fees. Get a BankID ( very important, as it is used for everything from banking to accessing tax return) Consider currency exchange rates and international banking options if transferring funds from abroad.

Healthcare: Register with the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme (Folketrygden) to access healthcare services. Determine if you are eligible for coverage under the scheme and understand the process for accessing medical care, including registering with a general practitioner (GP) or local health clinic.

Taxation: Understand your tax obligations in Norway, including income tax, value-added tax (VAT), and social security contributions. Register with the Norwegian Tax Administration (Skatteetaten) and obtain a tax deduction card (skattekort) to ensure accurate tax withholding from your salary. Be aware the differences between the PAYE system and normal tax payment.

Language and Cultural Integration: Enroll in language courses or use language learning resources to improve your language skills. Familiarize yourself with Norwegian culture, customs, and social norms to adapt more easily to your new environment.

Transportation: Arrange transportation options for getting around the region whether by public transport (Kolumbus), car, or bicycle. Obtain a Norwegian driver's license if planning to drive in Norway, and familiarise yourself with traffic rules and regulations.If from outside the EU , you can only drive in Norway for 3 months on your foreign license.

Social Interaction: Connect with local communities, expat groups, or cultural organizations to meet people and build social networks. Participate in social activities, events, or hobbies to engage with the local community and make new friends.

Legal and Administrative Matters: Ensure compliance with Norwegian laws and regulations regarding residency, employment, and other legal matters. Familiarize yourself with rights and responsibilities as a resident of Norway and seek assistance from relevant authorities or legal advisors if needed.

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