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David Hicks

Living in Norway, from Australia

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

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Living in Norway, from France

"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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Oslo at a Glance

Moving to Oslo

Expats moving to Oslo find themselves in Norway’s cultural and financial center, its metropolitan heart, so to speak. With its close proximity to hills and forests, the city shows you the best of two worlds. Learn more about Oslo, its districts, visa requirements, and public transport!

Moving to Oslo does not only allow you to enjoy all the benefits of city life, but it also gives you a taste of Norway’s natural beauty. Thus, outdoor enthusiasts will not regret moving to Oslo. Fjords, green hills, and endless opportunities for adventure is what makes Oslo unique.

About Oslo

Oslo looks back on a 1000-year history, making it the oldest Scandinavian capital. Its name roughly translates to “the fields of the gods”, paying tribute to its Viking heritage. After a fire had destroyed the city in 1624, the Danish King Christian IV rebuilt it and changed its name to Christiana. It wasn’t until 1925 that the Norway’s capital was renamed “Oslo.”

A Rather Enjoyable Climate

You will be pleased to learn that, despite the city’s northern latitude, the climate is quite mild and even enjoyable at times. In summer, for instance, temperatures rise up to 21°C. However, the best time for a move to Oslo is between April and May, if you prefer a balanced day- and night ratio. During these months, temperatures, however, won’t rise above 16°C.

If you plan on arriving in Oslo in the winter, prepare yourself for temperatures as low as -7°C and lots of snow. This season lasts from November to March and offers lots of opportunities for activities like skiing or ice skating. Make sure not to miss out on the icy fjords and snowy hills, which make for beautiful scenery.

Living on the Oslo Fjord

A move to Oslo takes you to the southeast of Norway. The city is located right at the top of Oslo Fjord amidst forests and mountains, providing Norway’s capital with an exceptional location. With just about 600,000 inhabitants, Oslo is a city with a relatively small population compared to its size. About 40 islands are located within and around the city limits. The largest of them is Malmøya, which lies closest to Oslo Fjord.

Two thirds of Oslo are covered by protected forests and hills, not to mention 343 lakes and two small rivers, Akerselva and Alna. The city is also situated in close proximity to Kirkeberget, the highest mountain in the greater Oslo region.

Oslo’s Districts

Oslo is divided into 15 districts, which deal with administrative issues. After your move to Oslo, you should try to figure out which district you belong to. You can then turn to your local District Council or District Administration for information on any of the following areas of interest:

Explore the City

Moving to Oslo’s center gives you the chance to explore the city’s restaurants, bars, concert venues, and nightclubs. The area around Karl Johan’s gate is always crowded and even more so on Norway’s Constitution Day, 17 May. On that day, people dress in national costume and meet around the city center for the street parades.

Kvadraturen is the area between Akershus Fortress and Karl Johans gate, which got its name from its rectangular street patterns. This is also where Oslo’s historic city center is located, with some of the oldest buildings in the city. In Kvadraturen, expats moving to Oslo can not only find numerous museums, but also quite a few shopping centers.


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