This will installment 1 of 6, in which I will detail my progress of moving to Norway. If I were to wear my project management hat, I’d produce a nice gantt chart of all my key dates and milestones, however the last thing I want is someone to see this and then subsequently adopt my approach.
Norwegian D Number and Taxation Card
One of the more complicated and challenging aspects of Norway is obtaining a taxation card and D or ID Number.
As far as I can tell, the taxation card works in a similar way to the National Insurance card we have in the United Kingdom. Your employer will use this card to deduce the correct amount of tax from your salary.
As an EU/EEA Citizen (for now, lets see how Brexit goes), I need to register at the local tax office (Hamar in my case). With this I need to bring a valid form of identification (passport), the RF-1209 form (Found here), and a copy of my employment contract.
Sounds simple enough, however the form has several dependencies which must be completed first. Accommodation being the most important!
As far as I can tell, once I have arranged the taxation card, the tax office will also decide on whether I obtain a D or ID number.
I don’t plan on living in a tent throughout my Norwegian adventure, so the importance of accommodation goes without saying. From my initial research, the renting culture that has been commonplace in the UK is far less prevalent in Norway. Buying an apartment or a house is far more popular than renting, a vast change from the UK where nearly 4 million people rent a property.
The search is challenging. I’ve slowly had to shed the habits that I’ve obtained after renting in the UK for the past 3 years. Møblert or furnished properties do exist, and Norwegian standards for housing are excellent, however it is quite tricky to find one that matches your tastes. Delvis møblert or partially furnished properties are far more common.
Expecting a seamless transition of flying to Norway and sleeping in a comfy bed appears to be unrealistic, but not impossible. Like anything, all it takes is a little patience and I’m not at the panicking stage just yet.
The two online resources which are most common for finding rented properties are finn.no or hybel.no (for house sharing). Both websites are relatively easy to navigate, even if you do not understand Norwegian. Just click the fancy icons and use google translate.
For me, the search is still ongoing. However I’m cautiously optimistic about my chances so far.
The preparation back in Blighty is far easier. Selling my car, cancelling my contracts, burning my possessions seems to be a much less daunting task, and it’s all progressing along quite nicely. A checklist of all the things I’d like to take over to Norway has been made, and all the useless items I’ve acquired during my tenure can be kept well and truly at home.
I’m a little reluctant to sell my car. It’s a nice car. One of my main passions in life is car ownership, I bloody love owning a car. However the research I’ve performed seems to indicate that driving the 24 hours over to Hamar would be relatively pointless. Winter tyres, heavy import taxes and the fact my steering wheel is on the wrong side leads me to believe I’ve got to get rid. A sad prospect, but a necessity.
Cancelling contacts has already begun. The notice period on my current property has been handed in, the bills have almost been settled and everything is a-okay.
Moving to any new country is a daunting task, but proper research and the use of online government information is vital. The resources online are abundant and only require a quick google search. I’m getting there…