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I'm thinking about moving to Oslo and the region

Fjords and forests, festivals and food. Oslo is one of the most exciting European cities at the moment, mixing Nordic cool with continental charm. No wonder you’re considering joining the fun! Whether you have been thinking about moving to Oslo for a long time, or just started looking into it, relocating to a new country can be a daunting experience. From D-number and visa to resident permits, housing and cost of living - here is everything you need to know before moving to Oslo.

If you’ve already moved to Oslo, please have a look through our «Work in the Oslo region» section, which provides you with everything you need to know once you’ve arrived.

  1. 01 Do I need a job?
  2. 02 Recognition of foreign education
  3. 03 Secure your residence permit
  4. 04 How to get a D-number or national identification number
  5. 05 Open a Norwegian bank account
  6. 06 How to find housing in Oslo
  7. 07 Bring your family
  8. 08 Relocation services & toll
  9. 09 Cost of living in Oslo
  10. 10 Weather & climate in Oslo
  11. 11 Things to consider & what to expect in Oslo
  12. 12 Are you moving to Oslo as a student?
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07 Bring your family

Bring your family to Oslo and experience the benefits of living and working in Norway. EU/EEA citizens and their family members can reside and work in the country without a visa or resident permit, while other internationals can apply for a Family Reunification, or residence permit.

Oslo christmas market family Magnus Furset

Photo: Magnus Furset

There’s no need for you to move to Oslo alone (if you don’t prefer to go solo that is). If you and your spouse or registered partner and children are EU/EEA citizens, all of you are eligible to live and work in Norway without a visa or resident permit.

Family of other internationals may also be eligible to stay in Norway. Your spouse, registered partner, cohabitation partner and/or child can apply for aFamily Reunification, providing you have already obtained a Norwegian resident permit. You will also have to earn more than a specific amount pre-tax, and have a suitable place to live in order for your family to join you.

You can read more about the different types of visas your family can apply for, depending on what sort of resident permit you hold yourself, onthe Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

Our human family is all well and good, but let’s not forget the pets. For information on bringing your furry friends, please see below under «Relocation services & toll».

To learn more about living in Norway as a family, read about children’s kindergartens, the school system, events and activities and more in our «Work in the Oslo Region» and «Social Life & Culture» sections.

Familiecamp i Holmenkollen VO01954 Foto Tord Baklund

Photo: VisitOSLO/Tord Baklund