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Moving,Living and Working in Norway

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012


So let’s say you recently decided to move to Norway. Here are some things you should know about:




When you work in Norway, you automatically become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme from your first day of work. You will not become a member though, if you are working temporarily for your foreign employer in Norway.

Through the membership you are entitled to health services in Norway and can earn pension rights according to the regulations of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.


Health Systems:

When you live and work in Norway, you will be registered with Norske Folketrygden (Norwegian National Insurance), which covers the entire population. This provides public health care which is financed by the Norwegian State and managed by the countries. A charge is payable for visits to doctors. Hospital stays are largely free of charge.

The Norwegian health service is based on a decentralized model. The State formulates policy, capacity and quality through budgets and legislation. The countries and municipalities are formally responsible for the planning and running of the health service within the law and budgeted frameworks.

The municipalities are responsible for the primary health service

  • Preventative health measures. The school service, clinics, physiotherapists, the midwifery service, pregnancy check – ups and vaccination programmes
  • Diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. The ambulance service general medical treatment, physiotherapy and treatment during illness.
  • Nursing in and outside institutions. Nursing Homes and district nurses.

The counties are responsible for the public dental service.

The following groups are included:

  • Children and adolescents (below 21 years)
  • People with impaired mental development
  • Elderly and disabled people with chronic illnesses who reside at institutions or care homes

The rest of the population use the private dental service, which patients pay for themselves

The occupational health service in Norway is organized in a number of ways. Individual major corporations have their own occupational health services, and some companies share a joint service. A third model involves workplaces buying in occupational health services from a private doctor’s surgery.


The personal doctor system

These are general practitioners who have contracts with the public sector/municipality.

All citizens registered at the Folkeregister (Register Office) are entitled to their own permanent doctor. Your permanent doctor has to give you an appointment quickly, at publicly set prices. This is a voluntary arrangement. If you choose to use a different doctor who does not have a contract with the municipality, costs are a lot higher. You can switch your permanent doctor up to twice/year.


Private health services:

In order to supplement the public institutions and services, a number of private hospitals and health institutions have been established.

Particular cases are the semi-private arrangements where – for example – physiotherapists operating privately perform services on behalf of public health authorities.

The emergency services are municipal services.


Private life:

Most children are born at the local hospital. Babies are registered in the same municipality as their mothers, unless the parents decide otherwise. Children with one Norwegian parent automatically become Norwegian citizens.

As a rule, child support is paid to all mothers (when the child lives in Norway) until the child reaches the age of 18. Cash benefits are paid for children aged between 1 and 3, unless the children go to publicly financed or part-financed nurseries.

To marry in Norway, you have to be 18. A certificate has to be produced confirming that there are no obstacles to the couple marrying. Church weddings and civil weddings are permitted. In accordance with the law, married parents have the same responsibility for any children they may have together.

Unmarried couples can live together in a formalized relationship and have many of the same rights as couples who are formally married. But as far as any children are concerned, they have to enter into an agreement stating that they hold equal responsibility for their children. Cohabiting couples do not automatically have mutual inheritance rights. To have mutual inheritance rights, wills have to be written stating this.


Finding schools for your children

Children under the age of 6 are allowed a place at a nursery. Things are reasonably fair, but there are not enough nursery places for everyone in Norway, so it can be difficult to find a place. The municipality where you will be living can provide you with information on local conditions.
All foreign children are entitled and obligated to go to school, and all compulsory education is free. Children start school the year they reach the age of 6.

When you know which town or municipality you will be living in, you should contact the local school authorities/nursery office. Essentially, children go to the school which is nearest to the place where they live with their families.

If the child is in one of the first 4 years of school, with a relatively short school day, you may need supervision for them once they have left school for the day. Skolefritidsordningen (the School and Leisure Scheme), or SFO, is a municipal facility for the hours before and after school. SFOs can be found at schools, or in their immediate vicinity. As this is not part of the school day, a charge is payable.

It may be a good idea to contact the school before you move to Norway so that they are aware that they will be having a new pupil.
There are a number of foreign schools in Norway which offer education in languages other than Norwegian; primarily English, German and French.




The cost of accommodation varies widely in Norway and has gone up a lot over the past few years. The highest prices are in Oslo and its surroundings, Bergen and Stavanger. Finding accommodation which is not quite so expensive is easiest outside of the central areas of the biggest cities.

There are several different ways to live in Norway. You can rent, live in a housing cooperative or buy your own home. The rental market in Norway is small; by far the majority of people own their own home.
Houses and apartments are normally advertised in the local press and in the Aftenposten national newspaper. Some newspapers have a housing supplement one day a week, and also place ads for accommodation on the Internet. You can also advertise for accommodation yourself.

Estate agents mostly deal with the sale of houses and apartments, but they also arrange rentals. You can find them in the yellow pages under Eiendomsmeklere – Estate Agents. Estate agents deal with the formal side of things, such as financial arrangements and registration. Loans are mostly arranged via banks, and you can take out a mortgage against your home.

If you want to rent a house or apartment, you should have a rental contract. These contracts are normally valid for a year at a time with subsequent periods of five years, with mutual entitlement to cancellation. The notice period is normally a month. As a rule, you have to pay a deposit of one to three months’ rent. Your deposit has to be placed in a blocked account. You can find standard contracts in Bookshops or on the Internet. Most rental properties are apartments which are rented out either furnished or unfurnished.


Cost of living


Living expenses, which include heating and municipal charges for water and refuse collection, are the biggest outgoing for families or single people.

Transport expense account for about 18%. The third biggest outlay for households in the cost of recreation and cultural activities, approx. 12%. People spend about 11% of their wages on food and non-alcoholic drinks.
Alcoholic drinks and meals in restaurants are considered to be expensive in Norway, particularly in comparison with other European countries.



Reasons to move to Norway

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

So let’s say you are doctor and you consider moving abroad in order to benefit of high quality working conditions and high pay. Have you considered Norway?

When considering moving to Norway, there is always one deciding factor that comes to mind – the quality of life – an aspect that should make you choose Norway over any other country:

1. Time. In the modern world time is priceless. Everyone wants it and those who have it don’t have enough of it. More time is what you will find you have in Norway. The regular shops aren’t open Sundays, neither are a lot of cafes, bakeries or restaurants. A few of them might be open here and there but these are rare ore have a season of Sunday openings for tourists in the summer. There is no such thing as 24 hour shopping. Regular stores close by 3pm, businesses by 4 pm, shopping centers by 8pm and supermarkets by 10/11pm. This slows down life dramatically. Suddenly you have more time because there is no time to pop down the shop or to have breakfast in a bakery all of a sudden there is time to read that book or to go for a hike or to paint the house. Time is something that Norwegians have more than most other Western countries. Time is treasured as a Norwegian past-time.

2. Space. Traditionally Norwegian houses were built small to retain heat in the cold winters. Nowadays it is popular to have lounge rooms with open plan living. Even though the space inside is getting bigger, the space outside has always been a wilderness. Just outside the door are forests and lakes, mountains and fjords. If not then they are just up the road. It’s easy to go somewhere and be the only one in the park or on the beach. There is good distance between cities and towns. The people of Norway are spread out along the countryside. It is typical to see a string of houses along the longest fjord or a tiny glow of light between the mountains from an airplane. Peace and Tranquility is something that is in abundance in Norway and so is enjoying your own company.

3. Leisure. Even though Norway has a cold climate most leisure activities are outdoors. Snow sports in the winter and water sports in the summer. All unorganized sports and activities seem to be about getting out in nature. Kayaking, mountain biking, sailing, ice fishing, snow-mobiling. Going swimming at the pool and having saunas are usual weekly activities especially during the winter. Many people play indoor sports such as volleyball, soccer and even Frisbee. It is common to play on a sport team with you co-workers. Even though the water is usually too cold at the beach for a dip, it certainly doesn’t stop people from barbequing, sunbathing or playing volleyball. Municipalities even encourage people with community competitions. The best part is that all this leisure isn’t saved up for the holidays, it is an everyday thing, because of the time and space that Norway has to offer.

4. Health. It is a well-known fact that Norwegians are pretty healthy people. It is largely because of the inconvenience of Norway – there are only two fast food chains in Norway, McDonalds and Burger King which are only in certain cities. There is a lot of snow in winter so it takes so much more energy just to walk anywhere and food prices are very high so over-eating is out of the question. There are also many cultural habits that help keep Norwegians healthy. In Norway a swig of oil a day keeps the doctor away. Kindergarten children are kicked outside to play come rain hail or snow. It is fun to get around in winter to work or school on skis or sleds. During the summer the sun is up till all wee hours of the night and it is common to see Norwegians still out and about jogging or roller-skiing. The health of the Norwegians is obviously influenced by their active lifestyle, diet, which consists largely of fish, is also a great contributing factor.
Health is also relative to the environment. Norway has very clean water and fresh air. There is a strong recycled waste program and because of the health care system Norwegians things checked out before they become a major health issue. Norwegians are taught the tricks of the trade in living in a cold climate to prevent problems such as using cold creams and wearing wool. The general health of Norwegians is very noticeable when you come to Norway.

5. Nature. It is no doubt that the nature of Norway is one of it’s most prized possessions. I’ve heard many people say that they nearly cried the first time they saw the mountains and the fjords. Norway is one of the great beauties of the world and is certainly the place that can give great joy by just walking outside. The climate is very cold and snowy in the winter but ever so beautiful. The summers are mild but bright. The landscape dramatically changes in each season which is a delight. If you don’t like nature then Norway isn’t the place for you but if you love it you will be in heaven.

6. Tradition. Norway is packed with rich history and tradition. It is so easy to get fascinated by the Vikings and their runes, the Sami culture and the stories about the Nordmen with their superstitions and traditions.

7. Family. Norway is a great environment to raise a family. It has very low crime, free health and education and the government focuses on opportunities for children. The family unit is very important in Norway. Not so much the extended family as in other countries, but parents and children seem to be close knit. Most families have one or two children. Parents give a lot of time to their children, taking them out into the wilderness and teaching them about the land and the culture. Parents are quick in putting their kids into childcare, as they are eager to continue their career but they also consider that the quicker the children adapt to society’s rules and customs the easier their life will be. It is common to see parents playing with their children and participating in outdoor activities. You’ll often see parents putting toddlers on sleds which are strapped around the parents waist for Winter hiking trips. Parents are involved in kindergarten activities and also attend community events. Kids are trusted by their parents and the safe community makes it possible for children to play without supervision in parks and on sledding hills. Parents support their kids in out of school activities. There is no yelling or screaming or public disciplining. It is nice to have a culture where kids are not yelled at or smacked, especially in public. When kids reach their teenage years they are naturally given a lot more independence.
If you are a specialist doctor and seek a medical career in Norway or Sweden we would like to inform you that we currently have vacant positions in the fields of Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Hematology Oncology, Endocrinology, Nefrology, Psychiatry, Pediatric Psychiatry and Radiology

EGV Recruiting 



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Working as a doctor in Norway

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

For many years now, Norway is well known for attracting foreign doctors. Due to chronical shortage of doctors, the country has been quite eager to attract doctors from abroad, mainly specialist doctors, to fill vacant positions in the constantly expanding health care sector.

Long before the existence of the European Union, the Nordic countries have had a common job market, and relevant university and specialty degrees that were accepted in the Nordic countries without problems.

In general the health care systems in Scandinavia are quite alike. Almost every patient doctor contact is established in the public sector, due to the fact that there are only a few private clinics and small specialized hospitals. During the last years, the activity in the private sector has risen because of the political environment and the well-known chronic economic crisis in the health care sector.

Norway, because of its relative prosperousness, has provided so far very good conditions for the patients and the healthcare workers alike. Many structural reforms have taken place during the last few years, where small hospitals and units were closed, and more centralized structures regarding specialist care have been established.

All in all this development has reduced the growth in demand for healthcare personnel, including doctors. Nevertheless, there are still quite good chances to get a job, especially in more remote areas. In general there is no unemployment for healthcare personnel.


The country:


The majority of the 4 million Norwegians live in the five biggest cities in this vast country. However, so far, national policy targets the population of the most remote areas, including the need for hospitals there. Of course this increases the demand for doctors, but it is often quite hard to get a doctor to stay for a longer period of time at a permanent base because of the isolation, both personal and professional.

On the other hand, this is a great possibility to experience places you would never go to, and for shure never would live in, if it was not for this reason.


Medical training:

Like in most other countries, there is an 18 month internship after university and doctor (medical) school. After this, one can start specialization. Most of the basic specializations, demand about four years of training and work in the core field, and then one year in another specialty as a supplementary training. Besides this there are several obligatory courses relevant for the specialty. At least 18 months of the specialty training should take place at a university clinic. To become sub-specialized, one needs of course more training.

There are very good possibilities funding of the theoretical specialist training. Relevant working experience from the home country should be taken into consideration when applying for a specialty in Norway.

Most hospitals can offer you an apartment to rent, kindergarten and maybe even a career opportunity for your partner.


Working conditions:


The weekly working hours are a minimum of 38 hours, but often amount to 40-45 as an average over time. If you work more, the overtime hours will be paid extra or you can choose to have paid leave instead. So the working hours are much more pleasant than in many other European countries. Five week holydays should give you a good opportunity to become familiar with the country and its people.

The salary starts at approximately 40.000 Euros/year and a consultant can earn up to 100.000 Euros/year. There are furthermore good possibilities to increase this salary with extra work at both public and private clinics.

The relatively good salary is however balanced by the world’s highest living costs, and a quite high personal income tax at around 50%. This is partially compensated by a 15% tax reduction for foreigners for the first 4 years of their stay in the country.

At last, the people, your future colleagues are very pleasant. There is not a very hierarchic organization in Norwegian hospitals, which are profiting from the countries egalitarian way of life. You will have a chance to profit as well if you dare…   


For the moment we are recruiting for Norway specialist doctors in:

-          Specialist General psychiatry

-          Specialist Clinical radiology

-          Specialist Child and adolescent psychiatry   


You are more than welcome to apply: