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Life in Oslo

Excitement and unpredictability does not mean messiness in Oslo. This city is put together to a T: Oslo is the 2019 European Green Capital, and it is a city that reuses almost half of its total waste. The population is well-educated and one of the healthiest nations with a life expectancy of over 80 years.

From an international point of view, Oslo is the place to be, as it is Norway’s most ethnically diverse city, and a place where you can find different cultures and perspectives. 

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Work in Oslo

  • Average working hours per week: 37.5 to 40 hours, 7.5 to 8 hours daily
  • Typical working day: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (sometimes even 4:00 pm)
  • Number of vacation days: 25 days
  • Commute: Public transport, biking is also possible
  • Work culture: Casual, efficient, punctual

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You can move to Oslo by yourself, with a friend or as a couple. There are pros and cons to all of the situations. If you consider moving abroad with any kind of friend it can be a really good idea to sit down and talk through practical and everyday stuff such as economy, bills, cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking vs ordering, going out/staying in, how you deal with potentially going out without each other as well as having friends and family visiting (from near and far and extended visits). Apart from the practical arrangements, life is fun when you can share your new core memories with other people – so it is very recommendable to move abroad together. Moving with a friend can cause you to interact less with new people compared to if you move abroad by yourself. But if this is a good or a bad thing entirely depends on your personal goals and wishes as well as your personality.

Conclusion: communication is key if you and your friend decide to move abroad together

Oslo’s public transportation network is extensive. There are buses, trams, metro (T-bane), and ferries, all managed by Ruter. The T-bane is particularly notable for its coverage, with six lines traversing the city and reaching out to the suburbs. Trams are a convenient option for navigating the city centre with frequent services.

For those preferring to cycle, Oslo has many bike lanes and a popular bike-sharing program. The city is also car-friendly, and they are continually trying to reduce car traffic and promote greener alternatives. Electric scooters have become a common sight, providing a flexible option for short trips.

Oslo’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in its promotion of electric vehicles, supported by a big network of charging stations. Ferries connect the city with the scenic Oslofjord islands, adding a unique dimension to the city’s transport offerings.

The city has many options, from modern apartments to charming houses. You can look at popular online platforms such as and, which has numerous rentals and sale properties. Social media groups and forums, like those on Facebook, are also good resources for finding a place to live and connecting with potential roommates.

If you prefer a more traditional approach, consider contacting local real estate agents who can provide personalised assistance. Neighbourhoods like Grünerløkka, Majorstuen, and Frogner are highly sought after for their nice atmospheres and proximity to amenities. For more affordable options, areas such as Sagene and Torshov offer great alternatives. Keep in mind that demand is high, so it’s essential to act quickly and have all your documents ready. Networking with locals and expatriates can also be a great idea.

Oslohas a varied climate with distinct seasons. Winters, from December to February, are cold with temperatures between -7°C and 0°C. Snowfall is common, making it a winter wonderland. Spring and autumn are mild, with temperatures between 5°C and 15°C. Summers, from June to August, are warm, with temperatures from 15°C to 25°C. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year.

Still not convinced about moving to Oslo?

Oslo is also known as the Tiger City, thanks to a poem penned by Norwegian poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. The poem describes a fight between a tiger and a boar, with the tiger representing the unsafe city, and the boar the safety of the countryside. Nowadays, Oslo is the Tiger City not because it is in any way unsafe – but because it is exciting, wild and unpredictable like the animal it takes its name after. How could it not be exciting? You have a city which knows how to both adopt cutting-edge technology and preserve its natural beauty – truly the best of both worlds.

If you want to work in the high-tech, green city of the future, come live in Oslo. With so much diversity in the city, you are sure to feel right at home, even as a foreigner.

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