Our Norwegian lifestyle
We moved from New Zealand to Norway exactly one year ago this week and oh boy, has it been a long journey! And we are not quite ‘there’ yet, there’s still lots to do before we can say that we are ‘settled’.
There were unexpected challenges, some easy stuff that we expected to be difficult and overall we haven’t done too badly I guess. We have a house, garden, a borrowed car, the kids are settled in school/nursery, and my wife Cia, has a busy job that pays the bills.
I seem to have a lot to do even if I don’t have a ‘regular’ job, something that I need to get very soon if we are to go back on ‘luxuries’.
To sumarise the year I’m going to list the stuff I like and if I dare, the stuff I don’t like about living in Norway……
The great stuff:
- Clear blue, oh so blue skies quite a lot of the time.
- Virtually no wind, no roof rattling, fence flattening storms at all.
- No need to be obsesive about locking everything away.
- Safe driving most of the time, Norwegians are super law followers!
- Snow. Clean, fun and spectacular landscapes.
- Outdoorsy life with walks, fishing, forests, living near the sea etc.
The not so nice stuff….
- Sub zero temperatures for over 4 months.
- Horrendous electricity bills and a house with only 10cm thick insulation!
- Many small things are extremely expensive and prices vary, a lot.
- 20km humps on 40km roads, kills the suspension, fuel economy and throws you all over the car (OK if you have big 4×4, I guess).
- Super narrow roads and super big cars!
- Getting a decent paying job is difficult if you don’t speak Norwegian.
Looking at the lists, I think that the good outweighs the niggles and I wonder how this list will change over time as we settle in?