I wake up one morning on a phone call, I have a phone to talk to, and it was an amazing number, but as soon as I recognized the voice, I was really so glad to hear it, because it was the voice of my best Norwegian friend Mr., Lief, he’s older than me but he’s such a nice and funny guy that i liked so much we worked together in germany for two years in such a famous restaurant in berlin, i worked as a food and beverage manager, he worked there as a chef, he came home and found a job in a big hotel in Oslo because I was at the end of my contract in Germany, I intended not to renew it anymore because I was not completely satisfied with the salary
So during the last call with Mr. Lief I had to look for a job in Norway, he promised to do it.
After a while and that day he called me back to tell me about the job placement, and asked to come to Norway for an interview as soon as possible. of course it was great news to get such a job, especially I had never been to Norway before. I also enjoy moving to new countries and getting new jobs for adventurers, I thanked him a lot for his kindness.
I talked to my family about this new job, they agreed to move with me there and really it was so good so we started packing, looking for air tickets and because I am European, I can move with my family quickly and easily to all European countries.
Do you know I started my trip to Norway and went there, also got a job, but at first I lived with a question that confused me before we heard about Norway, a normal person’s income is so high and it’s such an expensive country and I was so curious so that I could see and know how those Norwegians live at such a high standard of living, asked me if Norwegians live at this high level because they live in their own country and it is a rich country, but what about the people who live there how do they live?
I wanted to find an answer to this question so that at work I mingled with foreigners and asked how they live in Norway? It was a big surprise !! when I realized from them that life is so easy and not expensive at all.
In reality, I found in Norway, all people can live without a big budget, not as I imagined before, living there is not expensive at all!
WHAT DOES LIFE MEAN NOT ALL EXPENSIVE?
# Not expensive on food and food.
In Norway, they live about 1 million foreigners, and the salaries of such people are different, so everyone’s budget is also different, so when you go to the Supermarket to buy food, you see that different products are expensive and others are cheap, there they have two company, one of them is called FIRST PRICE. They sell all products so cheap, from bread to meat, sell at low prices, for example, the price of bread is about 40.00 KOR, it’s about 4.00 dollars, bread can be found those companies with 7.00 KOR less than 1 dollar, and they do same with all products.
By the way, KORON is the name of the local currency in Norway and is about 10.00 KOR, which is exactly $ 1.00.
Also, if you want to buy a hamburger at McDonald’s as a fast food, it costs less than $ 1.
# Not expensive to buy clothes and shoes.
In Norway in the public places of every city you have to find a mall and a mall, and here are many clothing and footwear stores, and there you can find everything in such high quality with brands and at low prices, from time to time you can go for a walk there and find great discounts everywhere so you can buy three pieces of any type of clothing such as pants or t-shirts, buy three and pay for just two pieces, and get a third for free. such discounts all year round in winter, summer and in all cities of Norway.
# Inexpensive to get people transportation.
In Norway, the usual ticket price for bus, metro and tram is 50.00 KOR, which is about $ 5.00 for one ticket
and there, if you bought a ticket on the bus, you can also take advantage of it when you get to the subway or tram, but you have a limited time of about 30 minutes, you can take advantage of it in 30 minutes, it will end.
From time to time you can get many discounts on such tickets and cheap offers, for example, in summer you can buy a card bus for the whole summer at such a cheap price, and the summer term is about 3 months, also bus drivers can give you cheap offers when you buy ticket, they can offer a weekly ticket so cheap that you can buy and use it throughout the week, of course you will save your money.
By the way, I tell you here about the price of the bus in each city, only you can pay 50.00 crowns for a ticket, and from time to time they have offers for passengers, as I mentioned earlier. But if you wanted to move to another city, maybe you will go there by train or bus, it has other fixed prices, not cheap and without discounts, for example, if you want to travel from Oslo to Sandfjord by train or bus , it has the same ticket costs cost about 300 KOR.
My advice: don’t think of taking a taxi there because it’s really that expensive.
Dial only on public transport, it is cheaper than a taxi, and there are always offers and discounts.
If you wanted to have a car there, amm, buy a car in Norway is also not cheap, if you wanted to buy a used car before 2005, it will be cheap, after that it will be more expensive depending on the condition of the cars.
Anyway, if there is no need to buy a car in Norway, this is a big mistake, why?
1- They have a lot of taxes plus car insurance that you have to pay annually and this system is all over Europe, not just in Norway.
In their roads there are not free, if you drive in every city, you will find in several places gates with cameras to take pictures of the number of your cars. Every time you go to town you have to pay the bills come to your home address after a while but for free when you leave by car but it’s so bad that I didn’t like it and I’ve never seen this system in Germany, Romania, Poland or even Sweden, so if the car is not for you, I mean if you do not use it for your work there or if you live alone without a family, it is better to take public transport, this is me think, just buy and use the car for family or work, because in that case you can cover all the necessary expenses.
3-Maybe you ask me about benzene there, so it is expensive, but I think the prices of benzene around the world are high, so this reason does not matter in order to get or not get a car in Norway.
By the way, in Norway you can get the cheapest benzene prices only on Sundays to go to any benzene station to buy at a lower price.
4-Note that car repairs out there also cost a lot for spare parts, so be prepared and think about it before you get an Acar.
# Not expensive if you rent an apartment or house.
In Norway, if you want to rent an apartment, the price of an ordinary apartment is not so high, and it does not make much difference in price from the city to another price in Oslo. As in another city, so the cost is about $ 750 per month + electricity and water, by the way, you must make a deposit for one month, and maybe more, according to your agreement with the owner of the apartment, all apartments in them live in style luxury. large apartments, busy with everything you need, get only the key to the apartment, go buy groceries, put in the fridge or kitchen, turn on the TV or go to bed.
But maybe if you look at the $ 750 price tag, you’ll say oh! it’s so much, there people from Eastern Europe go to work, they go in groups of 3 to 4 people to rent an apartment and live together so they share the monthly rent among themselves and then live in a chic style apartment with such a cheap price.
Some people may read this article and say that only I have written about life in Norway, but for them they will only travel as tourists, so does this article say anything useful to them?
YES, because we have a few relevant points that we have already talked about, such as food, fabrics, transportation, taxis, and this information can also help the tourist.
Only the tourist he will not go to live in an apartment or house, because the rental system in Norway does not allow to rent an apartment for one week or towing, and if he finds that it will cost so much money for this period, the rental system exists annually. can sometimes negotiate for 5 years, so I think a tourist he will never go to live in an apartment, and probably he will pre-book a hotel before the trip.
About hotel prices in Norway is a bit more expensive, but I think that if a tourist decides to go to Norway for a sightseeing tour, he will be able to find a suitable hotel to book, find out about prices online and choose the best for your budget.
The author of this article has lived and worked in Norway for more than 3 years, learned Norwegian, spoke and wrote it fluently, moved to work in many cities in hotel branches throughout Norway, in Oslo, Tonsberg and Sandfjord. In a family setting, he had to temporarily finish work and return home.
By the way, he liked Norway so much, and will soon return to work and live.