posted by anonymous on 09/26/13.
I've lived in Norway for a little over 4 years now, since August of 2009. I was just about to turn 23 when I moved here, 27 now.
The year before I moved here I met a Norwegian girl while backpacking across Europe. We spent the next year talking on Skype, I visited her for 2 weeks during the winter break from University, and then I decided to try and move here. I was finishing my Master’s degree at the time in Texas and wasn't a huge fan of staying in Texas. I had traveled around Europe two summers in a row and really wanted to give living in Europe a shot. I applied for a lot of jobs, none of which came through, but luckily for me I had some fortunate connections with the technical university in Norway and managed to get a PhD position.
I originally moved to Trondheim, where the university is, although my girlfriend at the time was living in Bergen. The first year of the PhD study requires classwork, but once that was finished I moved in with her in Bergen. I lived there for about a year and a half or so, and then moved back to Trondheim when the relationship ended. However, even while living in Bergen I maintained a small room in a collective apartment in Trondheim since I...read more
posted by anonymous on 10/16/13.
How much time have you spent in Norway?
I've been in Norway for almost 14 years.
Which best describes how old you are/were while in Norway?
I came to Norway in my 20's.
What brought you to Norway? Where were you before?
I came to Norway to be with my boyfriend at the time. Before that I lived in the state of Michigan.
Describe the city you live in in Norway.
I live in Sandnes, which is just south of one of Norway's biggest cities, Stavanger. The best meeting spot for most people is the long walking street of shops, restaurants and cafes called Gågata. Sandnes has somewhat of a lack of strong identity - there isn't a strong defined aesthetic but there are several places trying out new things, such as a gourmet restaurant run by a world-renowned chef, and a fantastic, locally run coffee shop. Sandnes has a strong industrial base, especially near the village I live in called Ganddal. There are less free standing homes and more apartments and connected housing here. It's a generally quiet area, though the city center can be a bit more unpredictable. It's a small city, but is very well connected via train and bus. There are several nearby forests with easy to access...read more
posted by anonymous on 10/16/13.
I moved to Norway at 24 and still live here two years later. I moved here with my husband's job. He works for an international company which moves him around a lot. I am from New York City, and have lived in Washington DC, Indiana, Connecticut, and Hong Kong before this.
I live in Bergen, Norway. It is a beautiful city in western Norway known as the "Gateway to the Fjords." It's Norway's second largest city after Oslo. It is also the rainiest city in Europe, which can get slightly annoying, but you get used to it.
Making friends with Norwegians can be difficult. People are not very talkative to people they don't know. That being said, I have made a dozen Norwegian friends through my husband's work, and its usually a lot easier to meet other expats who are also looking for company. Bergen is a decently sized city with a small town feel. I constantly run into people I know in the city sentrum. The best activities for getting to know people are inviting them to pre-drink at your apartment before going to clubs, and going for hikes or skiing.
I am an American caucasian woman. Norwegians react fairly positively to Americans. It helps that I look like I could be Norwegian, so...read more