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ABOUT NORWAY

Norway, officially known as the Kingdom of Norway is a constitutional monarchy of the Scandinavian Unitary. Of all the three Scandinavian countries it is the easternmost, westernmost and the northernmost country. It is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe, with a population of just about five millions. Spread across an area of around 385,802 km2, Norway has the population density of just about 16 inhabitants for every km2. Norway shares a long eastern border with Sweden and also with countries like Denmark, Finland and Russia.

The most famous thing found in Norway is its fjords. Fjords are basically long, deep and narrow inlets which are found between high cliffs. These fjords are formed when a glaciated valley submerges. Two of its fjords even features on the UNESCO world heritage lists, the Nærøyfjord and the Geirangerfjord. Sognefjorden, the world's second deepest and the longest fjord is in Norway. Hornindalsvatnet is the deepest lake in the whole of Europe. Most parts of the country have high or mountainous terrain. Aurora Borealis, often referred to as the northern lights have been a thing of fascination for many generations. These are luminous green lights that occur in the night sky because of the large explosions in the sun. These lights can be observed between late period of autumn and early spring over the Arctic Circle.

The trolls are an important aspect of the folklore of Norway. These are basically messy and ugly creatures that are menacing in nature and emerge after the sunset from their caves. The impact of the troll culture is so much that Norwegians have named their many cities after them like Trollvegan, Trollheimen, Trollhatten, and a few others. The country is a liberal nation that respects all religions with Christianity being in higher presence.

Norway’s economy is primarily supported by the oil and gas industry. A major share of the total production is contributed by North Sea in the oil and gas industry. Norway is the highest producer of Natural gas outside the Middle East. The people living in Norway have to pay high taxes. Norway is a welfare state, with universal health care, low cost education and a social security system.

STUDY IN NORWAY

Norway serious takes care of its international students as they have prioritized with internationalization of all the education sectors. At present the number of overseas students that are studying in Norway exceeds a whopping amount. The students who studied in Norwegian educational institutes have good repute all across the globe and their credentials are given deference everywhere. They offer several numbers of high quality courses which are effective in producing a global competitive spirit in the students. One can go to Norway as an Exchange student, a free mover (bearing one’s own cost and fees) and Institutional agreements. The range of course offered are from the top level post graduation courses to vocational courses Norway offers them all. The teachers are approachable easily and studies are done in small groups. The best of the courses are offered in the following universities, University of Oslo, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), University of Agder (UiA), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Tromso, University of Bergen (UiB) and several others. Knowing the Norwegian language will be added advantage as it is a criterion for selection in several universities, also it will help in interacting with the locals. The courses in Norway are in compliance with the Bologna process and the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). So , on completion of the courses or degrees, from the Norwedgian Universities one can transfer to these easily to other transfers. Norway is one of the leaders of research and development and known for its innovations in the field of contemporary architecture and design.

The informal atmosphere around the universities is very relaxing for international students as it helps them to open up and become more casual. Norway also has a provision for scholarships and fellowship program for students of high merits and those who pass some certain criteria. Being a student in Norway will not be a lackluster event as you will be open to the possibilities of exploring nature to its best, with activities to do like white water rafting, skiing, climbing, viewing the northern lights, and many other such magical experiences.

The student’s visa is what you might require to study in Norway or any other foreign nation. Immigration Overseas will assist you in your goal to study in Norway, as we will process your application through all the legalities of the Norwegian law for international students. Also we will assist you throughout the visa for Norway process with vital guidance and counseling sessions.

CLIMATE

Although Norway lies on the latitude where one can expect the temperature to be unsuitable for inhabiting, the temperature in Norway in surprisingly warmer. That is because of the Gulf Stream, its effect is noticeable mostly along the coastline. The summers in Norway can be expected to reach about 300C, which is moderately warm. If you are in the northern zone, then what you can expect is dark winters and comparatively more snow. While the temperature in winters, on an average can be expected to go below -250C.

Being in the polar region and with a high latitude, one can see a midnight sun in Norway, but winter darkness too which are filled with no sunlight. If you want to enjoy the snow in Norway the best suited months for you to be there are December to April, while if you want to enjoy just a pleasant weather, then you can be there during the summers which are between June to mid August. From late November to January, there is very small amount of sunlight, with the Sun never rises above the horizon.

For a general perspective the climate in Norway can be of the extremely varying nature and is ever changing throughout the year. If you are planning to migrate to Norway then you should plan accordingly, keeping in mind the climatic behavior in Norway.

TOURISM IN NORWAY

Norway packs in a whole lot of tourist destination that attracts a huge amount of tourists every year. Being in Norway, you can’t miss experiencing the true Norwegian spirit at these amazing destinations some of which are mentioned below.

Femundsmarka: Experience true camping and wildlife at the Femundsmarkan which is near the border with Sweden. Comprising of the jungle life and mountains Femundsmarkan makes for an excellent adventure.

  • Velmunden: When in Eastern Norway do visit the Velmunden, which is also known to be a canoeing paradise. With numerous canoeing routes to be explored Velmunden is also choice for those who want to take a look at the Norwegian history about a famine related incidence.

  • Oslo Opera House: a replication of glaciers floating in the water, this piece of magnificence was designed by the architectural firm Snøhetta. The approximate price that came for building this masterpiece was about €500 million.

  • Nidaros Domkirke: When talking about religious sites in Norway one can’t miss the Nidaros Cathedral, which by the way is the largest medieval building in the whole of Scandinavia. Build in the early 20th century, its altar sits on the grave of the Viking king St Olav. For a spiritual awakening experience you should visit this cathedral.

  • Frogner Park: It is located in the central part of Oslo, which you can visit, for recreation with children Frogner Mansion is located in the park and the Oslo City Museum. Frogner Park has Norway's biggest collection of roses.

  • Akershus Castle and Fortress: The oldest and finest cultural heritage sites in Oslo. It is an important landmark for the city of Oslo. It is one the major sightseeing places for the tourists. There are guided tours for the Akershus Castle. The Akershus Castle Church is the church of Akershus Castle.

  • Bryggen: It is the old wharf of Bergen. Some of the old townscape still exists. Many of its wooden houses were destroyed and is getting built with older patterns and method, keeping tact the older relic. It is one the UNESCO’s old heritage centers.

  • Royal Palace of Oslo: It is open to the public during the summers and one can take guided tours of the palace. The tour takes you through some of the most beautiful state rooms like Family Dining Room, Mirror Hall, Bird Room, Great Hall, Banquet Hall, Palace Chapel and many more.

  • Nobel Peace Centre: It seeks to address issues of international importance and their conflict resolution in Norway and also abroad. The peace prize laureates are being presented on digital screens in the Nobel field, a 1000 fiber optic glass. There is a magical book on the life and works of Alfred Noble.

  • Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology: It is the national museum of industry, technology, science and medicine. The Robot Centre and the Planetarium are both found here. The Science Centre is a place for exploring the natural sciences, application of technological principles of energy, mathematics, body and the universe.

LIST OF NORWAY VISAS

The Nationals of Schengen State or foreign national with residential permit in Schengen state, can stay in Norway for three months. If you have a special passport or serving a diplomatic service, then you are exempt from visa, if on an official assignment. Permanent residence permits or residence permits of Norway exempt from a requirement of a visa, but requires a stamped travel document. The basic requirements of the immigration for Norway visa are a valid passport for at least 90 days and sufficient funds for staying in Norway and travelling. A financial guarantee from a person may also be sufficient. One must be willing to depart from Norway, on expiry of the visa. A Coverage with a medical insurance, in case of a medical emergency and a possible return back home. The following are the visa types for Norway:

  • Tourist visa: An Indian citizen needs a Schengen visa to visit Norway for a maximum period of 90 days. Generally, this is offered as a single entry and a multiple entry visa can be offered, on request, if thought appropriate.

  • Visitor Visa: A visitor visa is required for visiting Norway, for at least a period of 90 days. A national visitor’s visa is required for national considerations, humanitarian needs and internal commitment. The national visitor’s visa is done by UDI, but also an application to the consulate or embassy.

  • Family Visa: If one wants to visit their children in Norway, they can either apply for the visitor visa for Norway and the Schengen area or apply for a visa for nine months. If one has a family in Norway and you want to live with that person, a family Norway immigration permit can be applied to living together with that person.

  • Work Permit Visa: The main rule for working in Norway means a Work Permit. There are two types of visas for the skilled and the unskilled category. In order to get a visa in the skilled category, you need to have an appropriate qualification relevant for the available job in Norway. The job should be normally offered as a full-time employment with an offer of employment, not less than the normal wages in Norway. The qualifications required are vocational training of at least three years in an upper secondary level, educational degree from a college like bachelors in nursing or engineering and special qualifications attained due to long number of years of experience. Stricter rules are applied to the competence level required for a religious leader/teacher or an ethnic cook. If are an athlete or a trainer for a top level sports activity, then there should be a statement from the club (employer) regarding your level of competence. A visa can be can be granted to a researcher who can manage his funds and accommodation, associated with a University or Institution. You can also apply for this visa type as an employee of a Norwegian company or a foreign company with Norwegian clients. Residence permit as a skilled worker or residence permit as a seconded employee.

    The work permits for the unskilled workers looking to opt for migration for Norway can be for the season based workers and seafarers on board foreign ship. The first category includes such professions like hotels, tourism, plant nurseries, fish processing, agriculture due to the limited period of work to the variations of climate or fluctuating availability of raw material or any other such types of changes. The pay and the working conditions must be in compliance with industry standards.

  • Student Visa: You need to apply for a residence permit for a student, when intending to study for a period of more than three months. With this type of first-time residence student permit, the student becomes automatically entitled for a part-time assignment/work. The study permit can be renewed, but the part-time work permit’s continuation depends on supporting documents from the concerned authorities about the progress made by you.

  • Business visa: The Business visa for Norway is allotted to the business personnel who are willing to do with varying business processes in different parts of the country. It is a temporary visa type in the country, only used for business purposes.