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Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums, including the Edvard Munch Museum and the Norsk Folkemuseum, a collection of open-air historic buildings.

Preserved 10th-century Viking ships are displayed at the Vikingskipshuset. Norway is also known for fishing, hiking and skiing – notably at Lillehammer’s Olympic resort.

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Late June to early August is when the weather is warmest and the days are long and bright. Temperatures in July and August can reach 25°C - 30°C. At the same time there is hardly any humidity in the air.

The Winters start in October hit -3 with snow till late April.

Norwegian krone

Norwegian, Nynorsk, Bokmål

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If you find a property you think you might want to live in, obtain the prospectus and carefully read though it so you can learn more about the structure of the house and the surrounding area. Pay special attention to theboligsalgsrapport, an explanation of the technical aspects of the house such as the drainage, foundation, roof and other areas of the house.

If you decide you want to make an offer to buy the house, you should be aware that the rules in Norway stipulate that the first bid has to be valid until 12:00 noon on the first working day after the last open house.

These same laws stipulate that all offers from each bidder be in writing. Bid offers in Norway are legally binding, and stiff penalties are levied if a potential buyer makes an offer on a house that they cannot afford.

As property laws in Norway can be nuanced, it is highly advisable that expats hire a local real estate broker to oversee the process. Listings can be found online, or by attending open showings which occur twice for each house on the market, normally on weekends.

Every sale is subject to a one-time 2.5 percent transfer tax, called a document fee.

Most agencies demanding between 1.5 and 2.5 percent for properties that cost up to 50 Million NOK. plus VAT at 24 percent will have to be paid

The broker is paid on commission after the tax is paid. The amount of commission varies from sale to sale and broker to broker. The amount of commission per sales transaction is not mandated by law. Upfront, the seller normally only pays the takstmann upfront because they are contracted specialists and do not work for the broker. All other costs associated with the sale are paid when the transaction is completed.

When renting accommodation in Norway, you will probably be asked to pay a deposit at the beginning of the rental period. This will be kept by the landlord as a warranty against any damage to the property or failure to pay rent. The deposit should be a maximum of six months’ rent and should be kept in a designated Norwegian bank account. As a tenant, you have the right to request to receive the interest earned on the deposit.

Before you move in, you may also be requested to sign a document which states the conditions of the property.

Make sure you understand all the conditions within the rental contract before signing it. If you are renting a furnished property, ask for a complete inventory of the items contained within the property and check they correspond to avoid future problems.

The tenant's husband/wife, direct relatives and natural or foster children have the right to live in the rented property but the tenant cannot transfer his rights and obligations to a third person without the landlord's consent.

Any changes (maintenance, decoration etc.) to the property need to be approved by the landlord before being carried out, and when the contract expires, the property must be found to be in the same condition it was first leased in.

Termination of a rental contract

If you wish to terminate your rental contract before it expires, you have to give written notice and list your reasons.

In the case of eviction, a public body (Namsmannen) will intervene. The tenant is first warned, then asked to leave the accommodation, and then evicted. One of the most common causes of eviction is non-payment of rent.

The Fee is generally paid by the Landlord