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WHY NORWAY?

Norway, with its population of just over 5 million, is one of the three Scandinavian countries. It is ranked as one of the best countries to live in and has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

Whilst Norway is renowned for its fjords, scenery, and Viking heritage, it has grown into a modern country that offers a great deal more to prospective settlers. In recent years, expats have been moving to Norway to benefit from its strong economy, progressive society and exceptionally high standard of living.

Norwegians hold nature in high esteem. They love nature and are proud of it. Outdoor life is a fundamental part of Norwegian culture: they spend time in the mountains in spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

In summer they like to hike from cabin to cabin, and in winter go skiing. Cabin life is, however, not restricted to the mountains; Norwegians also have cabins inland and along the fjords and coastline.

If you’re not yet convinced about moving to Norway, however, consider a few tips below to make you’re moving to Norway easy.

PUBLIC AND SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Compared to other countries, people in Norway have a lot of free time. Norwegians admittedly work nine to five, but they have afternoons and evenings off – in addition to almost every Saturday and Sunday, as well as Christmas, Easter and summer holidays.

Many of bank holidays as the Brits call them, Hellinger as the Norwegians say – are in place for historical religious reasons, or to mark important days in Norway’s history.

If you are visiting Norway on one of these days, you can expect the vast majority of shops and many restaurants and other services to be closed.

Unlike in the UK where bank holidays always fall on a Monday, public days off in Norway (with some exceptions) fall on a specific date.

This means that there are usually some that fall on a weekend, so the number of actual public holiday days in Norway varies each year. Many of the days fall in May and early June, which can lead to a lot of 3-day or 4-day weeks in the run-up to summer.

1st January  – New Year’s Day

Norwegians tend to celebrate the evening before in a somewhat more subdued fashion than in other countries.

Fireworks are common, but gatherings tend to be small family-focused affairs. On New Year’s Day itself, Norwegians will most likely head to the hills for a hike.

22 April 2019 – Easter

Because of religious traditions, Norway grants three public holidays for Easter. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Monday.

Unlike many other vacation days in Norway, these days always fall on Thursday, Friday and Monday, guaranteeing a long weekend.

1 May 2019 – Labour Day

In Norway, parades organised by labour unions are a common sight in the major towns. They’re not hard to miss, just keep an eye out for the red flags. In contrast to the purpose of the day, if the 1st of May falls on a weekend, Norwegians don’t get a day off!  17 May 2019 – Constitution Day

Without a doubt the biggest celebration of the year. The day starts with children’s parades in every community, typically followed by a parade of community groups, live music, and other fun activities.

June 2019 – Summer Holiday

25 December 2019 – Christmas Day

It is a public holiday in Norway despite the main family celebrations taking place on Christmas Eve. Although not technically a public holiday, Christmas Eve sees very few people at work, with the main family meal taking place in the evening.

26 December 2019 – St. Stephen’s Day

It is a much-needed day of relaxation after the indulgence of the Christmas festivities. Norwegians use the day as a reason to get out into the forests and mountains, despite the cold.

Car insurance and taxes

Owning a car may well be a necessity when living in one of the more rural areas of Norway.

However, if you are thinking of importing your own car or buying one in Norway you have to be prepared for steep costs.

In regard to importing, you will not only have to cover the costs of shipping but also need to be prepared for a TAX.

Of 25% on the customs value of your car, no matter how long you’ve already had it and regardless of its private use, plus a greenhouse and insurance taxes.

The Norwegian Tax Administration offers an online service to help calculate your car’s individual tax costs.

Buying a car, whether new or used, may then be less expensive. However, expatriates should not underestimate prices for cars in Norway. The prices can easily be double or triple what you’d be used to from other parts of Europe for example.

Cost of living in Norway

It’s known as one of the world’s most expensive countries to visit, but how much does it cost to actually live in Norway?

The short version is that yes, Norway is an expensive country. But the truth is far more complex than that.

To be more precise, Norway is an expensive country to visit, because of exchange rates. If you come here to live and work, you’ll be earning in Norwegian kroner and spending in Norwegian kroner.

This means you should stop comparing prices with your home country as soon as possible! Instead, compare prices to your salary, and look at what’s leftover at the end of the month.

Also, salaries are higher in Norway relative to other countries. This means you have more money in your pocket to pay the higher prices, leaving things a little more balanced.

It also explains why service-heavy industries in Norway are so expensive – think restaurants, bars, anything involving a significant human cost.

There are some things you must know about everyday life in Norway. From the rules of the road to how to access healthcare services, the Norwegian lifestyle takes some adjusting to.

In Norwegian supermarkets, you’ll see strawberries, blueberries, cloudberries and so on promoted heavily when they are in season.

Eating out in restaurants is expensive due to the high wages paid to staff. This applies even to – and especially so – the lower end of the scale such as fast-food restaurants.

The number of restaurants in Norway is rising, and offer almost every kind of national food culture.

Norwegian cuisine has also regained its status – from Maemo in Oslo to Lysverket in Bergen. The new Norwegian cuisine is often the focus on taking a fresh approach to local ingredients – especially seafood delicacies.

Like other Scandinavian cuisines, Norwegian food varies from traditional salted and dried dishes that recall the days before refrigeration, through to modern ‘New Nordic’ fine dining.

Unsurprisingly given the long coastline, the country produces a lot of fish for consumption. The export of seafood is one of Norway’s biggest industries.

WHAT YOU ARE WAITING FOR?

If you don’t mind the cold, dark winters you will not regret moving to Norway.

This country has a breathtaking wilderness in store for you as well as a vibrant urban scene.

In addition to this, the impressive social welfare system makes for a high quality of life. Something expats moving to Norway will no doubt benefit from.

So if you are seeking a new life in a country that offers a slower pace of life, excellent living standards, stunning natural beauty. Also offering great work opportunities and a robust economy, moving to Norway could be the best choice for you!


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As we helping with your relocation across the whole of Europe we also gathered some useful information for you to read before you decide to change your surroundings and become an expat in Finland.

In this post, you will learn some information about the days-off, both for you and your children. Moreover, you will get some useful information about the housing and registration of your vehicle. Also, we prepared some information about the cheapest supermarkets, to minimize the expenses in this hectic time.


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Cost of living

Sometimes the decision of moving to a different country is not dictated by life events such as the promotion of one of the spouses.  At times it is a matter of stagnation that propels somebody to moving to a different place – no matter where.

Therefore, we prepared a comparison of two metropolises that you might be interested in moving into. If you take into account London or Paris, perhaps you will find this post useful and vital.

We will compare the essential aspects of life in these two cities, such as the cost of food, housing, clothes, transportation, personal care, and entertainment.


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With fresh air, beautiful countryside and energetic cities, there are lots of reasons to consider moving the Emerald Isle. Whether you’re moving solo, as a couple, or as a family, Ireland has a lot to offer.

Ireland is a country that has become the home of many nations for the past few years. However, there’s more to Ireland than booze shamrocks, so here are some things you need to know about Ireland before coming to live here. 

Ireland has so many wonderful locations, but the great thing about living here is that it’s a fairly compact island. So whether it’s for a day-trip or a weekend break, you’ll never be too far away to go and explore them all.  

Public Holidays in Ireland

There are nine public holidays in Ireland each year. Public holidays include:


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Sweden, with its coastal islands and numerous lakes and beautiful mountains, is an inviting place for both expats and visitors. No wonder people from around the world decide to step outside their comfort zone in order to feel the thrill of relocation. 

However, moving to a different country may also be stressful. You need to organize your removals and life abroad, such as things connected to your work, car registration and insurance, housing, etc. 

Therefore, we decided to take some of the work off your shoulders and prepare some essential information about living in Sweden. We hope you find it useful.


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Belgium is well known for its beer, chocolate, and linguistic diversity. However, it is a lot more than that! Whether you are going to move to, or just visit Belgium, you may need some basic information about what living in this captivating country looks like.

We decided to help you out, by finding some accurate information about Belgian public and school holidays, car taxes, as well as shopping. Let’s get started!


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Living in Spain is a dream for many. It is like moving to paradise. It’s sunny throughout, and beautiful beaches that run for miles and looks really pretty. Most people imagine romantic strolls on beautiful walkways with flamenco music playing in the background, sipping sangria at al fresco bars.

There are so many spectacular cathedrals, famous artwork, beaches, and castles.   without a doubt, Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world.  Did you wondering why Moving to Spain can change your life? How many more reasons does one need to think that actually, removal to and living in Spain might just be ideal?


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Removals to Switzerland

Whether you are relocating to Switzerland to work, to retire or simply to enjoy the beautiful countryside, some preparation will make your move run smoothly. You should know that Switzerland has four languages -French, German, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland is divided into units called cantons – and they have a high degree of autonomy. Regulations about language, housing, and other matters will be different depending upon where you settle. Also, did you know that Switzerland is one of the happiest places to live in, in the world? Please check below a few tips to make you’re moving to Switzerland easy.


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Germany. Deutschland.

The land is famous for its scenic landscapes, Beer and Sausages ( Wurst).

Known for its long winters and beautiful Christmas markets.

Well, everyone knows that Germany doesn’t need any introduction to their cars. The name speaks for themselves.

You can discover so many new things that surprising.

Before you decide to make a booking with MyCheapRemovals we prepared some basic information about Germany’s public holidays, car insurance and taxes, and the most popular supermarkets.

Public Holidays

The amount of Public Holidays are so many compared to other countries.

This is also depending on the state you are living in – in Bavaria, they tend to have more.

  • New Year’s Day Jan 1, 2019
  • Good Friday, Apr 19, 2019
  • Easter Apr 21, 2019
  • Easter Monday, Apr 22, 2019
  • Labour Day May 1, 2019
  • Ascension Day May 30, 2019
  • Whit Monday, Jun 10, 2019
  • German Unity Day Oct 3, 2019
  • Christmas Day Dec 25, 2019
  • 2nd Day of Christmas Dec 26, 2019

School Holidays

School holidays in Germany are set at the regional level by each federal state.

Each year for autumn, Christmas, Easter, and summer, plus schools in most states also have a winter break around February.

A few states have a break of about one to two weeks for Pentecost around May/June.

Car insurance and taxes in Germany

The calculation of motor vehicle tax is based on two main components: CO2 emissions (two euros per gram per kilometer) Engine size (two euros per 100cm3 for petrol engines and 9,50 euros per 100cm3 for diesel engines).

Before a person can register a car in Germany you must have proof of third party liability coverage for all damage or injury to another person, car or object.

While collision or comprehensive insurance isn’t required by law, most institutions financing the purchase of a vehicle do require it.

Cost of living Around 850 euros a month for living expenses. Compared to some other European countries, Germany is not very expensive. On average, students in Germany spend around 850 euros per month on living costs. The largest expense is rent.

Supermarkets in Germany

Here is a list of some of the local stores:

  • Aldi was the first discount chain in Germany
  • Edeka Group is the largest German supermarket corporation
  • Kaufland is a German “hypermarket” chain
  • Lidl
  • Netto Marken-Discount
  • Penny Markt
  • Rewe
  • Tegut-Markt

Lidl and Aldi are the cheapest but they mostly have “no-brand” products, which doesn’t mean that the quality is bad. Edeka, ReWe, Kaisers are discounters as well, but they are more expensive, even when you buy their own brands like “JA!” at Rewe.

There are two types of supermarkets in Germany. The regular one and also the discount supermarkets. You can find almost everything you need in a discount supermarket at a low cost. Popular discount supermarkets: LIDL, NETTO, ALDI, and PENNY.

Also, everything is closed on Sundays. Yes, so you better get your supplies on time. The busses barely run, the whole town becomes so silent. It’s tough when you found out you ran out of bread!

So, what do you think of German living and lifestyle? Do you think you can live here? If you want to know what the whole removal process looks like, please contact our customer service specialist.


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Instant removal quote

MyCheapRemovals, as not many of removal services provider, can send you an instant removal quote. Here last few for a guide:

From:To:5m310m315m3
Ickleton, Saffron Walden, UK Helbigsdorf, Wilsdruff, Germany£559£779£1119
London, UK Berlin, Germany£539£759£1079
Erlangen, Germany Street, UK£539£779£1079
Geneva, Switzerland Dublin, Ireland£759£1099£1489
London, UK Laren, Netherlands£369£499£779
Gloucester, UK Zürich, Switzerland£629£759£1149
London, UK Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy£559£779£1189

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