In Molde we do not have allocated "Shell houses". Housing is decided in conjunction with HR. Team Relocation is helping you with finding a house in or around Molde. This can take some time because there are not many houses for rent on the local market.

Houses here are generally wooden bungalows. They are spacious and often have a self-contained flat in the basement - great for guests! It is common to have wooden floors, a fireplace and small bedrooms, but large living areas. There is a lot of building going on e.g in Fræna Komunne or Årodalen, mostly new apartment blocks and townhouses.

To view a map of Romsdal you can go to:

Buying a home

Buying a home is very time consuming due to the many considerations. Norway is a sparsely populated country. It might be especially difficult to find the perfect home. So unless you know for sure that you are going to stay in Norway for a long time, you should think carefully before you take the big step to buy a home.
Note; there are also tax regulations for selling properties within one year. 

Renting a Home

Since expatriates usually stay in Norway for a few years, many choose to rent a home. Houses and apartments can be rented by Housing Agent or by private landlords. 

Below you find real estate sites. You can have a look on line to get an idea of what is available:

  • Click on Eiendom (Property) then Bolig til leie (Properties for rent) then Møre og Romsdal, then e.g.tick Molde, Aukra and Fræna
  • Normaly they prefer to sell the houses, but if not sold they try to rent out.
  • Same as Planor. They have on-sold houses for rent

Before you make any decision to buy or to rent, you should consider the following:

  • the length of your assignment in Norway is usually unknown
  • upfront costs of buying are quite high
  • arranging finance can be difficult without a credit-history in Norway.
  • re-selling can take some time and the costs are high Housing in Norway is costly for several reasons. Because of the cold weather, there are high insulation costs. The high living standard makes housing in Norway expensive. 

Tenancy Regulations

The responsibilities are governed by the lease contract. Please read the contract carefully. If the accommodation is let furnished, an inventory should be drawn up.

Please bee aware that in Norway a verbal agreement is binding in the same way as a written agreement. So please be very sure that it is the property you really want to move into before you give any offer to the landlord or the local Agent. 

The tenancy Act (effective from 1.1 2000) regulates the tenant’s and the landlord’s rights and obligations in the tenancy. You can read this Act in its entirety on the 'Lovdata website'  


International Education

At this moment there is no International Education for kindergarten or primary schooliong on offer in Molde kommune (Møre-Romsdal). All schooling is offered in Norwegian.

The Norwegian schoolings system

In Norway for children school starts as soon as they reach the age of 6 years. All education in Molde is in Norwegian only.The primary schools are divided in to parts, from 1st to 7th grade, and from 8th to 10th grade. Schooling options are free of charge in Norway. 

Grunnskolen (primary education) in Norway takes 10 years. You can devide Grunnskolen  in barneskolen (7 years) and in ungdomsskole (3 years). Some school have both systems, others have one system only. In the first four years, the children can join the skolefritidsordning (SFO). This is an afterschool care in during which children can be together with other children instead of coming home in an empty house if both parents are working. SFO is not free of charge.

It is compulsory to for children to go to the grunnskolen.

After grunnskolen almost all student continue with videregående skole (secundary education). Videregående skole is not compulsary like the grunnskolen, but everyone who likes to contnue schooling has the right to do so from 16 years until they become 20 years old.
After secundary education students can continue at an university or at a higschool.

Kindergartens (Barnehage)

The barnehage (kindergarten) offer is under the resposibility of the local authorithy (kommune). Because of this it is possibel that there can be a difference between the local authorities about the availabel places. In Norway it is quite usual that children from age one start in kindergarten. There is not availability for all children that apply every year, so it can be difficult to get a place in a nursery. In Molde  there is a waitinglist in place (Molde Kommune), while in other communities almost everybody who request a place, receives it (Aukra kommune).Private nursing in private homes is also quite common. From the age of three years it is easier to get a space in a nursery.
Normaly the children can go to the kindergarten during the day. Some kindergartens are private, others are public. As a rule no more then 14-18 children older then 3 years should be under the responsibilty of one pedagogical leader. If children are younger then 3 years, as a rule it is 7-9 children per leader.


Barnehager in Molde 

In total there are 31 Barnehager in Molde. There is  a common intake for all kindergartens in Molde municipality and all children have the right to go to a barnehage in there community. At this moment all kindergartners in Molde are full. To be certain of a place in the kindergarten in August you have to send in a request for a place to Molde Kommune. You can find this form on the website of Molde kommune. (Søknad om barnehageplass )

If you like to have more information about education in Molde you can go to: 
Click on Skole/Barnehage/Opplæring


Education and Early Development in Fræna Kommunne

Around 9.000 people live in the region. The Fræna local authority is in charge of the daily operation of: 
Primary and lower secondary schools 
School day-care 
Fræna School of Music and Performing Arts

Day-care centres 

It is the aim of Fræna Municipality that everyone who applies for a place in a day-care centre within the deadline of the main admission, should be offered a place. 

Apply for admission:

If you like to have more information about education in Fræna kommune you can go to:
Mail: Fræna kommune, Rådhuset, 6440 Elnesvågen.


Schools and kindergartners in Aukra kommune

Aukra kommune has two public kindergartners, Barnebo barnehage on Gossen (the island) and Bergetippen barnehage on Julsundet (the mainland). There is one private kindergartner in Aukra on Gossen, Trollmyra barnehage AS
For more information you can go to their websites.

To be placed in a kindergartner you have to fill in a form on the website.
 Søknad om barnehageplass  til barnehageåret 2011 /2012

For more information about schools in Aukra Kommune you can go to 
For information about schooling only you can go direct to:


Health care in Norway is distributed according to need, not the ability to pay, and everyone that gets ill, is guaranteed treatment.

Emergency health care

All people in the municipality are entitled to the doctor-on-duty service by calling 113. Please note that this is an emergency number.

Medical issues

Your personal number gives you full rights in the National Insurance Scheme. In Norway we have a general practitioner scheme or “Fastlege”. This means that you can choose a permanent doctor. This can be done at or by calling the GP-scheme: +47 810 59500. You should bring your medical records for (and for your family), and if needed medical supplies for three months.

If you are undergoing medical treatment and need special medication, your doctor back home should verify this. Norway has strict laws regarding bringing medication into the country. 

Prescription drugs and larger quantities require a statement from your doctor. The attestation should contain the patient’s name, date of birth and a Latin description of status/treatment and medication use. A limited choice of remedy products is available at the local pharmacy (Apotek). Foreign prescriptions are not accepted.


Health insurance

In Norway we have a “National Health Insurance” program which is subsidized by the Government, taxes from employers, employees and professionals.


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