Hi, my name is Jon O’Connell and welcome to my Norway site. I moved from the UK and lived in Norway for about a couple of years in the early 2000’s, which was one of the hardest but best experiences of my life so far. I decided to record my experiences via this website, so that perhaps I could help others who are thinking about moving to Norway and also share the ups and downs of moving abroad.
So how did I come to live in Norway in the first place? Well, I was working for IBM UK Ltd at the time in Portsmouth and whilst there I met a Norwegian girl. She had transferred from IBM Norway over to the UK for a work experience period and joined my department. We got together and lived in the UK for a few years, then decided to move back to Norway together. I was about 23 years old when I moved over, with my girlfriend a little older than me.
Sadly the relationship did not last and after a year and a half living in Norway we broke up and I had to move back to the UK and start again. One of the main reasons for us breaking up was because of the differences between the UK and Norway and how I was not prepared for the transition. Looking back there were things I could have done differently and if so I may still have been living there now, but it was not meant to be.
However, I made a lot of good friends in Norway whilst over there and still have regular contact with many of them even though I am now a thousand miles away. I regularly travel to Norway and see it as my second home. I hope I have helped you think about what to prepare and look out for so that you might have a better transition should you be thinking of moving to Norway. My aim is to help you as much as I can, so that perhaps you may not experience the hardships which I endured. Also, in helping you I am helping Norway.
I found living in Norway very tough at times, but also extremely amazing and is an experience I would not swap for the world. I am glad I had the courage to give it a go and even though it didn’t end the way I had imagined, I would have regretted it if I hadn’t tried. My main problem was that I just sold everything I had and moved out to Norway without even thinking that it could fail, which is why when it did it came as a huge shock and I had to begin again.
Moving to a new country is always a tough decision, as you are leaving everything you have known behind, but my decision to move was based on my Norwegian ex-girlfriend wanting to be back around her family and friends, but for myself, to be with her and see if life in Norway was better than the UK. I was in my early 20’s when I moved over there and I am 36 now, so I have had a lot of experiences in Norway so far, but barely touched the surface. I feel I have “grown” by living in another country and it gave me a lot more confidence and experience.
I love Norway, the Norwegian people and their way of life and if I was given the chance to go back and live there I would not hesitate to do so and may move back there later in life. I envy everyone who sends me emails with their plans to emigrate to Norway…it brings back memories of my feelings at the time, but I hope to try to help anyone with any advice I can give.
I still have much more of Norway to see and do, such as to experience the Midnight Sun in the North, the Aurora Borealis, the Fjords of the West, Snowboarding, to name but a few, so I regularly travel to Norway (when I am able) to experience something new. So my Norwegian story is far from over. I will be adding in new pages and sections to this website whenever I either experience something new, or someone requests a topic via email. So this website will continue to grow over the years.
If you are thinking about moving to Norway, feel free to Contact Me with any questions you may have an I will try and respond and help as best I can. If in some way I am benefiting Norway by providing you with information about the country, or helping your with my advice, then my work here is achieved.