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I'm afraid this is another essay!
I just wanted to give an idea of domestic suppliers in Norway. Unfortunately, all my links are in Norwegian, but your browser might support automatic English translation. I can't do anything about this unfortunately. So here we go:
Normally if you're renting a property, basic cable TV will already be provided, you'll need to buy a receiver and just plug it into the wall socket. You only get the basic channels though.
We used Canal Digital
for our television package. The one and only reason we went with them is because they provide BBC Entertainment and being such a huge Eastenders fan, I couldn't miss it. We pay around 225NOK a month (about £25). We have the film package with it too
For telephone and broadband, we used Nornett
The prices can vary because sometimes they have special offers. On average, for phone and broadband (I think we get up to 10mb connection, might be more), we pay around the equivalent of £100 a month - I'm including in this, costs of phonecalls back to UK where I make about 2 a week for around 2 hours.
To obtain these services though, you will need either your D Number (temporary Personal ID) or your 11 digit Personal Identity Number.
We are about to move and have discovered that Canal Digital do not provide service to the area, gutted and panicked, I searched for a provider that do BBC Entertainment. There is only one other, so we are now going to use these:
The price is rather high, around the equivalent of £60 a month, but this includes a super duper recordable digital receiver, so I never miss an episode of Eastenders again! We'll have all the same channels as we get now, but a few more.
We will also be switching to Telenor for our telephone and broadband.
They are offering, for 220NOK a month (around £25) every single phonecall within Europe, any time of day or night, free. We’ll also be on super fast Fibre Optic for internet.
We use Telenor for our mobile phones. Cheap as you like. I used to top up £10 a month in the UK on 02, I’ve topped up my pay and go here 4 times in 14 months with the equivalent of £15 a time.
Almost all programs on tele here are English, but have Norwegian or Swedish subtitles (you get used to that, besides, it's a good way to learn Norwegian if you can't get out much). The film channels are mainly always American or UK films and mostly all new blockbusters... these have no subtitles. We get things like Frasier, CSI, Two & A Half Men, The Simpsons, South Park, (although please be advised there is no such thing as the watershed here so be prepared to see boobs and hear swear words throughout the day)... Eastenders is 2 weeks behind the UK and is aired Monday to Thursday at around 6.15pm (but they change the time often).
Your receiver menu can be set to English, despite setting ours that way, we see no English when we want to see further info about a film for instance... it’s only the set up menus that appear in English.
The main supplier is Varanger Kraft where we are. You actually get 2 bills. Part of it is for the provision of electric and the other part is for the 'carriage' of electric. Sounds odd hey!
Our bills aren't that high to be honest. Houses and apartments here are built to withstand harsh temperatures so they tend to be fairly well insulated. Put around the equivalent of £100 a month by just incase. Sometimes it's more expensive than the previous quarter. They do estimates just like UK so watch out for these. They well over estimated our last bill and it was nearly 3 times what we normally pay.
If you're renting, just ask your landlord/lady to get the bills transferred to you if you don't feel confident setting yourself up.
Gas: There is none.
For all of these services, you will find that they all speak good English. If you’re concerned about calling them, feel free to email instead. Nothing is a problem here.
With TV, Broadband, Landline and Mobiles, you might find that if you agree to a 1 year contract, you’ll get it all a lot cheaper. Most will just put you on a month by month subscription unless you ask for a contract.
There is a TV Licence fee in Norway. Complain about UK TV Licencing no more because in Norway, you pay it every 6 months and it's almost exactly the same price as the UK charge for 1 year! So be aware....
- Forum Leader - Norway
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