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Moving to Stavanger

What to know if you're moving to Stavanger

Moving to Stavanger means relocating to a little Norwegian port city with a variegated population and an interesting cultural heritage. Thanks to the perfect integration of nature and industry, the city guarantees a quiet lifestyle, still offering many work opportunities for locals and expats alike.

Relocating to Stavanger

Stavanger has a diverse and interesting cultural history. It is not a bustling city compared to London or Paris, or even Oslo for that matter, but it possesses a delightful mix of industry, chilled city life and quaintness that allows most tastes to find their neutral space within its confines. There are also a wide variety of housing options on offer, from city apartments to larger suburban dwellings.

About Stavanger

Stavanger is the third largest city in Norway, and the administrative hub of the county of Rogaland. The city covers approximately 70 square kilometers and has a population of around 130,000 people. This equates to a population density of roughly 1,800 people per square kilometer, made up almost entirely of Norwegians, Brits, and Poles. 

The Climate in Stavanger

The local climate qualifies as a maritime mild temperate one. There are no huge fluctuations in temperature throughout the year, with monthly average highs ranging from 3–18°C. The region receives a fair amount of rainfall, particularly in winter months, but is blessed with a fairly good amount of sun through the middle summer months.

Being a coastal Scandinavian city, Stavanger does get its fair share of wind, and that can carry some cold fronts with it. On the whole, Stavanger is a fairly mild area weather-wise, and in fact offers a good window for growing plants, certainly compared with other nearby cities.

Visas for Norway

There are a number of visa options for Norway, but usually the two of most interest to expats are the working residence permits. These come in either skilled or non-skilled options, but having a skill is obviously a major advantage when moving to an industrious country such as Norway. For the skilled permit, a generally high standard of certification is required, although working experience and references can be taken into account. You can find more information on visas in our corresponding Norway Guide.  

Another useful site for visa applicants is, the country’s own dedicated website.

Updated on: January 20, 2022

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Once we've helped you move to Stavanger, we can make you feel at home by introducing you to other expats who have already settled and are part of our Stavanger Community. Attend our monthly events and activities in Stavanger and get to know like-minded expats in real life.

InterNations Stavanger Online Quiz Night

Start date May 7, 2020, 8:00 PM

Attendees 31

Internations Stavanger Summer Party

Start date Aug 28, 2020, 8:00 PM

Attendees 49

InterNations Stavanger October Event

Start date Oct 29, 2021, 8:00 PM

Attendees 24

InterNations Stavanger Special Lunch @Ostehuset Hinna

Start date Jan 29, 2022, 1:00 PM

Attendees 15

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