The time for change has come and you have decided to move your house from Norway to London. It sounds great – to forget about the spiked winter shoes, the long sunny, summer nights, and, especially, the freezing cold winter. The UK is an understandably desirable destination to remove to, having a stable economic offering and wide-ranging possibilities, especially for people from the EU and EEA. London covers a territory, which is almost twelve times larger than Oslo and is significantly more inexpensive. Although planning, packing and organizing a house removal to London, particularly with children, can be a tiring and difficult job, it is not half as tough as establishing your new life in a completely unfamiliar country. We offer you some basic information about the working and living conditions in the UK capital as of 2021.
This is a commonly asked question, especially after the UK officially left the EU and the transition period ended on 31.12.2020. To work, study and live in Great Britain, Norwegian citizens need a visa if they are planning to stay on the Island for more than 6 months. There are different kinds of visas depending on your situation. See here what type of documentation you will need to move to the UK.
If you have already relocated to the UK, you need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme or British citizenship by 30 June 2021. Be aware that under the current Norwegian law, if you are a citizen of Norway, you cannot obtain dual citizenship. This means you will lose your Norwegian citizenship in favour of your British one.
Healthcare rights remain unchanged. If you are a Norwegen citizen, you are “entitled to medically necessary healthcare.” All you have to do is show a valid Norwegen passport.
For more information check the official UK government page.
Finding the right place to live in London is a challenge in itself. The population of the old capital is twenty times bigger than that of Oslo. This means you will emerge in a densely populated city, full of people with diverse cultural backgrounds. London is full of life and it is constantly buzzing under its busy inhabitants, in contrast to the calm and relaxed atmosphere in Oslo. After the house moving you will find out the best part of coming from Norway is how inexpensive everything in the UK will seem to you. While you search to remove to London beware of certain things:
London offers great opportunities to start a new job. The labour market is flexible and, depending on your qualifications, you can find a job relatively easy. According to the UK Office of National Statistics, the employment rate in London in the first trimester of 2020 reached 76.4%. The unemployment rate was barely 4.6%.
After the COVID-19 crisis hit the UK, there was a slight shift in the estimated rates. According to the ONS report from December 2020, the employment rate fell to 75.2% and the unemployment rate rose to 6.3%. Due to the pandemic, some sectors witness a decline in job numbers – Construction, Transport and Storage, Administrative and support services. The negative effect of the lockdown can soon be minimised thanks to the mass vaccinations and strict government rules. Hopefully, things will get back to normal by the end of 2021.
The labour market in the capital is quite diverse, with new job offers published in different specialized sites every day. We advise you to start your job hunt on totaljobs.com, monster.co.uk, reed.co.uk, or indeed.co.uk. Be sure to check gov.uk before your Norway to London house removals for more legal information regarding the employment of foreign citizens.
As a parent, you have a hard but rewarding job to provide the best education possible to your children. That said, you need to get familiar with the school options in the area where you are moving. London offers good public and state-funded schools; all depends on your family budget. We advise you to do detailed research on the council you choose to live in London and plan your relocation according to the start of the school terms. There will be a few significant differences between the Norwegian and British school systems you must be aware of.
Like every country, the UK has its pet laws and you need to be aware of them if you are planning to move with your animal. If you are a dog owner you already are familiar with the breeds you are banned to have in Norway. Thankfully, there are pretty much the same on the Island, so you don’t have to leave your canine behind. The breeds that are not allowed in the UK are:
You can learn more about your rights on the official government page.
Exotic or wild animals need to be properly licensed, so before you pack your bags, do some research. If your pet is permitted to travel and live in the UK, there is still some documentation you need to fill. Here your moving coordinator can assist you. In addition, we have a detailed article looking at the post-Brexit changes in the rules and regulations in the UK where you can find more information about the procedure and necessary forms.
Similar to pets, there are certain regulations when it comes to plants. The main idea is to not introduce invasive species to the British fauna that might damage it or put it at risk. You are allowed to bring to the UK plants, seeds and bulbs from Norway under certain conditions.
Disclaimer: You can’t bring into the UK any ash, citrus or vine plants without the proper documentation.
Endangered plants are under the protection of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. There are severe penalties if you try to import them in the UK without the proper documentation.
If you wish to import any of the above or more than the stated quantities you will need a phytosanitary certificate.
That said, if you want to learn how to properly pack and prepare your plants for an international relocation, check out our ultimate house moving guide. There is even a cool infographic that will help you with the wrapping procedure.
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