- In the city of Tromso, 95% of the buildings are built from fish bones!
- There are so many trees in Norway that they outmatch people 1,000,000 to 1!
- Norwegians seem to be loosing fingers. The average Norwegian only has 8 fingers which could have something to do with the heavy metal appeal!
- Norway is the first city to outlaw the numbers 7,8 and 9. It is due to the solidarity to the large logging industry.
Moving to Norway from the US with Household Goods
International Moving Services to Norway from the U.S.
Norway is one of the three more northern Scandinavian countries and has one of the biggest ports in Europe in Bergen.
For the past 35 years Schumacher's services have made thousands of relocations possible for individuals, families and businesses alike.
In the next couple sections we will cover the shipping methods for household goods moves to Norway, customs and touch on tax information.
Service Options, Departures and Arrivals
Containers are our recommended choice for personal effects relocations. We offer very competitive rates for those wishing to consolidate their goods with other shipments.
This not only adds an extra layer of protection inside the container but it is cheaper than air freight or purchasing your own. However, we can ship individual containers just as easily.
Those moving household goods to Norway using our international relocation services will most likely have their shipment enter through Bergen but Oslo is also a possibility.
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Customs Regulations for Household Goods
Those moving to Norway MUST be prepared to present customs with the proper importation declaration forms. The one you'll need for clearance is RD0030.
Regardless of whether you qualify for duty free import, everyone needs this form filled out. We recommend giving your shipper a detailed inventory list. It will speed up the process and be sure to state if something is new or used.
In order to be exempt, individuals must of had residence outside of Norway for more than a year, it must have been continuous with no breaks, the personal goods are used and have been owned by you with no intention of selling or dispersing them after they're imported.
For more information on special import rules and customs in Norway, visit the Toll.no site.
Moving from the US to Norway with Personal Effects
Information Regarding Your New Home in Norway
- Oil is Norways largest Industry
- Oslo is the capital with about 515,000 people
- Average home size is 121 Square Meters
- Foreign person wishing to reside in Norway must have a valid entry VISA
- Population of about 5 Million
- The currency is the Kroner (NOK)
- VAT for 2013 is 25%
10 Major Cities in Norway we ship Household Goods to:
Useful Tax Information:
For those moving to Norway, the country like several other Nordic Countries adopted a dual income Tax. Under the dual income tax, income from labor and pensions is taxed at progressive rates, while capital income is taxed at a flat rate.
Employees and self-employed social security contributions
The amount contributed to social security is derived from one's "personal income". This income anything earned due to active efforts whether personal or from a business. Generally though, capital income is not included and there's also no tax deducted from labor income.
Additional tax rates are as follows:
- Pension income is | 3% |
- Wage income is | 7.8% |
- Business income | 11% |
Lower threshold for payment of employee’s social security contribution
NOK 39 600
Income from self-employment in primary sector
Income from other self-employment
Pension income, etc.
Pet Transportation Advice for Norway
- Import permit is required from the Norwegian Pet Health Authority or local embassy prior to bringing your pet into Norway.
- Pets must be Tapeworm treated a maximum of 10 days before arriving in Norway
- Signed veterinary certificate by a certified veterinarian must be provided for each pet
For further information on any of above, call and discuss your move with one of our Moving Specialists at: 800 599-0190 // 562 408-6677
Written by Damien Shields