'You can't integrate!' British expat on 'biggest challenge' living abroad after leaving the UK

British expat Oslo Norway

An expat spoke about their experience abroad

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 22/10/2023

- 08:01

A British expat opens up on life abroad after moving to Norway

There are many reasons to move overseas, whether for work or to experience a new pace of life.

Speaking exclusively to GB News, a British expat discussed their experiences.

Robert, 30, moved from central Scotland to Oslo, Norway and detailed how life abroad comes with challenges as well as benefits.

He made the move because of a work opportunity and explained there have been lots of positives about life in the European city.

Oslo Norway

The expat moved to Oslo, Norway


However, he spoke about what he found most difficult about moving.

"The biggest challenge is the language," Robert explained.

"Even though you can get by with English, to properly integrate into society here, you need to speak the Norwegian language."

Robert explained he is taking Norwegian lessons to make integrating easier.

If looking to move, the expat said Britons should be prepared for higher living costs.

Robert continued: "The cost of living is higher but I wouldn't say that was a huge surprise.

"To accommodate the cost of living, salaries are higher."

Groceries and living expenses are often pricier in Norway than in the UK.

While things might be more expensive, Robert added class and wealth differences are not obvious.

"What is interesting is that Norway doesn't seem to have an upper and lower class system. Everyone is the same," he said.

"You don't see the same number of food banks, for instance, as you would see in England or the UK."

Oslo, Norway

The expat shared the language barrier


Norway has a homeless rate of 0.62 per 1,000, according to 2020 data from the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless.

Research from Shelter stated there are around one in 208 people without a home in England.

This comes as an expat explained the "instant" difference they noticed after moving to the Netherlands.

If looking to move, the list of best places for British expats to live has been shared.

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