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Norway - When it comes to quality of life, clean and efficient Norway frequently heads the list. Natural and unspoilt, the fjords and mountains offer magnificent panoramas. Party in the midnight sun in Oslo or watch for the northern lights in winter.
Norway - An Expatriate Guide
Myself and my partner moved to Kirkenes in North Norway in February 2009. It was a job offer with his company that brought us here. Before accepting the position, we did as much research on the area as possible and the only thing that was putting me off was the temperature, which can plummet to around -35 centigrade, or worse, in the winter. Having said that, I am not a lover of hot places, I do prefer the cold...
I would advise getting a Norwegian phrase dictionary first so at least you are able to learn basic words. Almost everyone in the southern part of Norway speaks English and "book" Norwegian. In the west and northern parts of Norway they speak an entirely different dialect, "Nynorsk" which is old Norwegian and sounds very different. As an example, to say "I love you" is "Jeg elsker deg" (Y-eye elsker dye" and in Nynorsk it is "Eg elsker deg," (Egg elsker degg). The people are very friendly once you start chatting with them, but initially they may seem "cold"...don't take it personally, it is just the Norwegian way...
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