Moving From Canada To Norway – Answering Your Top FAQs
If you’d like to move from Canada to Norway, you may have some questions about the process, how you can bring your car and your stuff to your new home, the climate, and more. Let’s discuss the answers to your top FAQs now, and discuss the basics of moving to Norway from Canada.
How Can I Get A Norwegian Residence Permit?
Working for a Norwegian company is the easiest way to get a residence permit in Norway. Once you get a job offer, you can apply for a residence permit. You may also get temporary Norwegian residence if you plan to study at a university or higher learning institution in Norway.
There are a few other situations in which you can get residence in Norway, but schooling or employment are the easiest methods. You can learn more about your options from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration on this page.
Can I Bring My Car & Household Goods From Canada To Norway?
Yes. You can bring in all of your household goods for free without any duties or taxes, as long as you have continuously lived outside of Norway for at least one year, and these items have been owned and used by you when you move to Norway. Cars can also be imported, but will be subject to duties and taxes.
There is no exemption for personal vehicles in Norway. You will have to pay 25% VAT (Value Added Tax) on the value of the vehicle. Not only that, but not all American or Canadian vehicles can be driven on Norwegian roads. In most cases, it makes more sense to sell your car in Canada and buy a new vehicle in Norway. You may not even need a car in Norway if you’re in a major city like Oslo, though a vehicle will be useful if you will live in a more rural area.
Is The Climate Similar In Norway Compared To Canada?
The climate is quite similar. In fact, despite the reputation of Scandanavian countries being very cold, Norway is often warmer than Canada in the winter! There is plenty of snowfall in Norway, and like Canada, you’ll get warm summers with long days of plentiful sunlight, but also very long, dark winters with short days.
Overall, you’ll probably find the climate to be very comparable. If you like the weather in Canada, you’ll enjoy living in Norway – but if you’re tired of long, snowy winters, a different European country may be a better destination for you.
Need Help Moving From Canada To Norway? Get In Touch With A-1 Auto Transport
A-1 Auto Transport is here to help Canadians moving to Norway or anywhere else in Europe. We specialize in international moving, and our reputable transport partners can ensure your items get to Norway safely. Contact us online to get started, or call us.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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