Haugesund is a town in Rogaland county, in southern Norway – named after the strait of Haugesundet. It is the most heavily populated area of northern Rogaland, with over 34,000 people living in Haugesund itself, and a further 60,000 people living in the surrounding urban areas. By joining the InterNations online community you can network with expatriates living around the world, including areas around Norway. In recent decades, Haugesund has seen a significant population increase – and improvements in transport networks and infrastructure are likely considering the increasing numbers of people moving to Haugesund to live and work. The town is probably most famous for its film and rock festivals, which attract thousands of visitors to the area, from around Norway and beyond. It also hosts an extremely popular Viking festival, where expats living in Haugesund can see historical re-enactments, sample Viking cuisine, and see shows and musical performances celebrating the Viking influence on the area.
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Expats moving to Haugesund will find a wide range of seasonal attractions to keep them busy – from the sensational sandy beaches on Karmoy, to skiing resorts in winter. The nearby town of Roldal, for example, has a range of skiing trails to suit both beginners and more advanced skiers. Expatriates moving to Haugesund who are interested in geology or the natural world will also find much to interest them. There are significant amounts of geological and scientific research conducted in many parts of Norway, including in the areas around Haugesund. Although the town itself only has a small college, there are expatriate academics from around the world living in Haugesund and studying the surrounding area. There is also much history to enjoy in the area - Haugesund is home to one of the largest museums in Norway, the Arquebus War Museum, and impressive architecture such as the ornate, pink town hall.
The town provides easy access to some of the outstandingly beautiful mountainous regions of Lysefjord, and thus is increasingly becoming recognized as a tourist destination, and is often advertised as a gateway to the fjords. A number of people working in Haugesund are employed in the tourism and leisure industries. There is also seasonal employment available in the nearby ski resorts, and there are often examples of expats moving to Haugesund from around Europe, who initially came there for work during the ski season, and then stayed for good in this beautiful area. Retail and business services are also major sectors of employment in the town. You can find out much more about living and working abroad as an expatriate in InterNations’ Expat Magazine. And, once you have joined our friendly only expatriate community, you can of course also get in touch with other expats living around the world, including in Norway and maybe even Haugesund.