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Iain: Life: A Scot in Norway

In our InterNations Recommended Blog section we let you take the spotlight! Expat life in general is, of course, a perfect breeding ground for great, user-generated reads, and life in Norway makes no exception. Take your time and browse the great blogs showcased in this article!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Norway, etc.

Iain MacFadzean originally from Glasgow, Scotland. Moved to Bergen two years ago.

When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?

I started a photo blog around six months ago to document the attractions and changing seasons of my new home.

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

All That Glitters is Cold.’ A series of photos taken during the first really cold weather of this winter.

Tell us about the ways your new life in Norway differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?

Everything here is similar to back home, just slightly different, so Norway isn’t difficult to adjust to except for the extortionate prices for just about everything. £10 a pint is a shock for any Scotsman!

Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Norway? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?

Despite the Norwegians much touted English language skills I would recommend learning some of the lingo before coming here (or as soon as possible after arriving) as you should expect to do when moving to any new country.

Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?

Nothing that I would wish to make public!

Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Norway?

  • Most expats travel because of work – don’t come to Norway to look for a job unless you are a millionaire.
  • Learn the language ASAP. Most Norwegians speak some English, but you might just impress the knickers off a local!
  • Don’t eat the whale meat. It is foul!

How is the expat community in Norway? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?

My wife’s family is Norwegian, I work with Norwegians, Danes, Spaniards, Thais, Somalis etc. I don’t go out of my way to meet other Scots although in Bergen there is a Scottish Society which has regular meetings and events. The city has its own pipe band and I had haggis for Burn’s Night. No problems!

How would you summarize your expat life in Norway in a single, catchy sentence?

Bloody expensive, bloody wet, bloody brilliant!

David Hicks

"Thanks to my network on InterNations, I already had some contact persons to ask for support on coming to Oslo. "

Amelie Barreau

"Enjoying the great spirit of our InterNations’ Oslo Community for the last few months, I am absolutely convinced of the vision to bring people from different nations together."

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