What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?
Any legal local products that are not available in Norway should be brought in. Most products and groceries, both local and foreign, are easily available for purchase in Oslo. Clothes, electrical equipment, etc., have reasonable prices.
Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?
What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?
Any kinds. From large centers like Meny, Centra, Rimi, Rema 1000, Coop, Smart Club etc. to small local shops. The large centers offer a wide range of products from food to daily home products, etc.
Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?
Cleaning materials can be found at the grocery stores mentioned before. Furniture can be bought at centers like IKEA, Møbelringen, A-Møbler, Maxbo, Smart Club, etc. Electrical equipment and the like can be found at Elkjøp, Lefdal, Expert and others. Oslo has several large centers that offer a wide range of shops with different products.
What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?
Most centers and large supermarkets are open until 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays. IKEA is open until 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 9 p.m. on Saturday. It can be very crowded and difficult to find parking on busy days like Saturdays, in the afternoon and days before public holidays. Grocery stores are only allowed to sell beer in Norway. Other alcoholic beverages, such as wine and stronger beverages, are sold at VINMONOPOLET, government-controlled stores. These stores offer a wide range of products. Please note that these shops have different opening hours than other shops, due to strict Norwegian alcohol laws.
Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.