Please be informed that the registration process with the Norwegian authorities is a two step process:
For the registration at the Police you will need your passports and your “Offer of Employment”. I will complete the “employment verification form” on behalf of your employer, and send it to your office in Norske Shell Nyhamna.
You can drink tap water. Bottles of water are also sold in all supermarkets, kiosks and other stores. Some brands are: Imsdal, Olden and Bonaqua.
In general, shopping centers are mostly open from 9am to 8pm on weekdays and 9am to 6pm on Saturdays. Mainly all shops are closed on Sundays, but some small food-shops and gas stations will be open.
Wine and spirits are sold in special shops called “Vinmonopolet”. They have the exclusive right to retail wine, spirits and strong beers in Norway. To have a look the selection or for more information go to : www.vinmonopolet.no
Beer and tobacco is purchased in local supermarkets, and nearly all restaurants are licensed. The age limit for purchasing wine and tobacco is 18 years, for liquor it is 20 years.
Smoking is prohibited inside all restaurant, shops, hotels, public buildings or other public offices or workplaces. It is neither permitted to smoke on public transportation or taxis. Designated rooms for smokers are available at hotels. Because of the strict regulations it is very common not to smoke in private homes as well.
If you wish to bring a pet into Norway, you are required to present a permit issued by The Norwegian Health Authority (Matttilsynet). The animal must be identified by a microchip or a clearly readable tattoo and you will also need a pet passport. For further information, please contact Mattilsynet www.mattilsynet.no
Prices in public shops are included Norway’s Value-Added-Tax. The Norwegian word for this is “merverdiavgift” – with the abbreviation mva or moms. The tax is normally 25%, except for certain food articles which are lower. Tax is collected on all imports. International agreements prevent double taxation. Mva is therefore not collected on exports.
Stops for taxis are found outside of train stations, hotels and popular meeting points. Look for a blue taxi sign. You can pay with your credit card or by cash.
Crime is considered low in Norway, but you should always take your percussions and use common sense. During holiday seasons, it is common to ally with your neighbors to look after your house, letter box and garbage bin.
Non-EU nationals driving licenses must be converted to a Norwegian license within one year after arrival to Norway. Norway have exchange agreements with several countries, if not you are required to undergo full theoretical and practical training. You find all the information on www.vegvesen.no .The exchange of driving license is done by the “Trafikkstasjon”.
Many cities charge tolls for entering the city (Bomring). A ticketing system called Q-Free, a chip to be fastened inside the front of the car window, can be purchased at all Esso gas stations in Norway.
Cars are expensive in Norway, especially new cars where you pay a high tax to the Norwegian Government.
There are a lot of local car dealerships that sell used cars.If you can’t pay cash for the car, the banks in Norway can give you a loan. Normal payback time is five years and the interest rent is higher than on house loans.
You have to check with your bank if they are giving car loans to foreign citizens. Some banks require that you’ve been living in Norway for some years before they will give you the loan. This is due to lack of financial history in Norway.
Third party insurance is compulsory. For newer cars, it is advisable to have a full comprehensive insurance. You must provide proof of your previous insurance record to get bonus (discount) from the insurance company. Each year of insurance with no claim entitles you to an additional 5% bonus, so the further back your former insurance agent at home can confirm the better.