Your guide to moving to Norway – visas, citizenship and more
Why live in Norway?
The most developed country in the world makes an excellent destination for those who want to take the quality of their lives to the next level. The country’s extremely high standard of living, ever growing economy, high salaries and strong welfare system make it the happiest place in the world to live.
But it is not just economic factors that make Norway a fantastic place to move to. The country has very low crime rates, the big cities have plenty of space, there are stunning natural wonders to discover and an excellent education system. On top of that on the 0 to 1 scale of gender equality Norway scores 0.996. The country also has one of the highest life expectancies in the world, which is no wonder in a place with low pollution and a excellent, free health care system.
A Norwegian work week usually lasts 37 hours and it’s common to start the weekend early on Friday. But don’t forget you are working in one of the most punctual countries in the world and being late is frowned upon. Work relations are commonly informal and life outside work is highly valued.
Norway Visas and Permits
Nordic citizens, that is, citizens of Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark are free to enter, reside, study and work in Norway. They do not need a visa, residence or work permit.
Other citizens from the European Economic Area (EEA) can also work and live in Norway.
Working Holiday visa
You can apply for a 1 year working holiday visa if you are a citizen of Argentina, Australia, Japan and New Zealand and are between the ages of 18-30 and between the ages of 18-35 for Canadians.
To find out if you need a tourist visa to visit Norway, please use the VisaHQ tool below.
- If your partner/spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Norway, you are probably eligible for residency. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
- If your child is a citizen or permanent resident of Norway, you may apply for residency in Norway.
- See the citizenship section for more information on residency or citizenship based on descent.
Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in Norway
- If your mother was a citizen of Norway when you were born, you are a citizen of Norway.
- If your father was a citizen of Norway when you were born, you are a citizen of Norway if your parents were married at the time. If they were not married when you were born, you need to hand in notice of Norwegian citizenship before the age of 18.
- If your partner/spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after living in Norway a total of three years in the past ten years. In addition, the sum of the period of residence in Norway and the period of marriage to a Norwegian citizen must be at least seven years. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country