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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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10 Weather & climate in Oslo

Discover the unique weather and climate of Norway, where locals embrace all seasons with appropriate attire. From freezing winters perfect for skiing in the surrounding forests to mild summers inviting you to enjoy the refreshing waters, be prepared for the diverse range of temperatures and pack your woolens alongside your bathing suit.

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Munch Museum in Oslo

Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

In Norway we have a saying - there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. This might seem like an odd sales pitch, but to Norwegians, this is very much a real sentiment.

Weather in the Oslo region

In winter, temperatures can reach down to minus 20 degrees Celsius (or even colder if you travel further north or up in the mountains) so wool and windbreakers are essential. It is wise to dress in layers, starting with wool closest to your skin. Pretty much the second the temperature drops and it starts to snow, you’ll see the metro and buses filling up with people wearing sporty and colorful softshell clothes and carrying skis and poles, heading towards “Marka” – the big forest around Oslo.

In summer, temperatures are much milder, oftentimes reaching 25 or even 30 plus degrees Celsius. The water during summer usually holds a temperature around 18-22 plus degrees Celsius. In other words, bring your bathing suit – and your woolies!

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What about testing out winter bathing with sauna in Oslo?

Photo: VisitOSLO/Fara Mohri

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You may even go swimming in down town Oslo, this is next to the Opera house.

Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen