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It’s a great place for those who love nature, active lifestyle and sports. There’s strong confidence in future so there’s no need to hurry up and work too hard. The society lacks classes, the income is almost the same for everyone: top politicians, movie and sport stars etc. visit the same places as ordinary people do. The landscapes are very beautiful, though harsh – no place in the world can challenge it.
Proximity to the sea: five minutes from the city center to a fjord. There are small beaches nearby which are quite popular in summer, but the water is rather cold so it’s almost impossible to swim. There are many lakes where the water is more warm in summer. For those who love extreme sports there are mountain lakes with cold and transparent water.
Not bad, though it’s becoming a bit more negative because of the problems many foreigners bring. I’ve heard about some racism when applying for a job (even children of immigrants from East who lived and studied in Norway face some problems), but the attitude towards Russians is good.
People are friendly enough but if you try to get closer they may seem cold. They are calm and steady – sometimes even too much. Sometimes they think stereotypes.
There are 4 seasons but the temperature doesn’t differ as much as in Russia – winters are quite warm, summers are cold and rainy. The temperature in summer doesn’t change throughout a day because of white nights. There’s a lot of snow in winter, especially in forests around the city.
I haven’t studied here, but I can judge it is good because of the people I work with. Studies are long and relaxed, people tend to take a one-year leave to travel around the world and work. Many companies hire students in summer and make them a job offer after they graduate. Education is free but I’m not sure if it is possible to study in English.
I haven’t faced it but in general it is good, though there may be some queues if you need to treat something not serious. All drugs (even Fervex) are sold by prescription only, so it’s better to buy them when you visit your home country.
There are many language schools, but they are quite expensive as many services here are. Employers sometimes pay for it. The quality differs but in general it is ok. Everyone speaks English – even 7-year old children. Norwegian is necessary to make communication easier and to feel free in their society. Also, if you want to receive a residence permit you need to learn Norwegian.
Main roads are in perfect condition, but roads in city center and suburbs are sometimes not good. Drivers are very polite and disciplined so you can even forget to look around at the traffic lights.
Public transport in Oslo is great, it is very easy to get to any part of the city and its suburbs. The prices are high but monthly pass is inexpensive. Everything goes on schedule though there may be some failures.
Travelling abroad: Schengen Area.
All services are very expensive, the food is expensive too. It is due to high wages in the country and state’s protectionist policy toward agriculture. Electronics and clothes cost as everywhere in West Europe. Many people buy products in neighboring Sweden where prices are 20-40% lower – so it saves a lot of money even if you go there twice a month.
There’s plenty of work, many companies are ready to take specialists from abroad. For non-technicians it is often required to know Norwegian, which makes it hard to move here. IT constitutes a small part of the economy, but if you manage to get employed for an oil company it will be great.
Housing is expensive and the prices are constantly rising. It depends on the district, but it’s already impossible to rent a one bedroom apartment for less than 1000 euro per month. Landlords often rent basements which give you more place for the same money, but they are too dark.
The quality of housing is good, it is possible to find a flat with furniture and home appliances. It’s better to rent a flat with central heating, otherwise electricity bills will double in winter. Agencies do not take money when you rent a new flat, you just need to put a deposit (2-3 monthly fees) on a special bank account.
Of course there’s crime in Oslo, but it’s not likely for you to encounter it. Visiting guests practice burglary, but they are more likely to choose wealthy Norwegians. In small cities there’s no crime at all.
There are many beautiful women, usually of a typical Scandinavian appearance, so it may be hard to distinguish them. They are very independent – it is causing problems for local men so they love to date with Chinese girls. The percentage of obese people is one of the lowest in Europe.
The Internet is expensive, it costs around 35-40 euro for 5Mbit/s. Employers often pay for it, as well as for your cellular communication.
There’s no crisis, though sometimes they write in newspapers that there is slight possibility for it to come. However, the salaries are rising, consumer demand is rising, and unemployment stays at the same level.
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