Business Region

/ Relocation Agder

Welcome to Sørlandet - The companies in our region have a long tradition of employing high-level expertise from abroad whenever needed. Together with the business community in Agder, Business Region Kristiansand works to ensure that the newly hired international employee gets a safe and effective start to her or his new life in Norway. We are also looking forward to assist spouse and children moving to our beautiful, safe and peaceful country.

Relocation Agder can assist with:

  • Pre visit
  • Immigration
  • Search for first home
  • Job searching for spouse
  • School and kindergarten
  • Social meeting point once a month
    • Please join us at Teateret, Kongens gate 2, in Kristiansand from 18.00 o’clock every first Monday of the month from October to April. (Except January.)

If your company is in need for relocation services, please contact Birthe Helland Olsen. Phone number: (+47) 930 89 188. We are looking forward to assisting you. 

Privacy protection

The project partners and their employees are free to fill out the information needed in the links below to order relocation services. Once submitting the information, you also agree that Business Region Kristiansand may use the information in the work related to its services. Sensitive information will not be disclosed to anyone other than immigration services. As a user of our services, you are entitled to access, rectification or deletion of personal data, limitation of processing, protesting against data processing or data portability. Read more about your rights here. You may complain to the Datatilsynet if you are not satisfied with how we process your personal data or you think the processing violates the rules of privacy. Read more about the Data Protection Officer in the municipality of Kristiansand here. When all services have been performed and the information has been stored for as long as Norwegian law requires, the information will be deleted.

To order our services, please use one of the bottons below

For the companyFor the employee

Practical information

We have collected some practical information that you might find it useful when relocating to a new city

Practical information from public authorities
Public services in Norway
Work permit in Norway

Import of goods to Norway
Bank and Insurance
Paying taxes in Norway

If you have an emergency in Norway, please call:
Ambulance: 113
Police: 112
Fire: 110

Until you get your social security number, please contact the emergency room at the hospital if any medical emergency:
Emergency room phone: 116 117

All inhabitants who are registered in the National Registry as living in Norway have the right to a General Practitioner/family doctor.
When you get your social security number, you will be able to register with a doctors office.
To manage your registration with a GP (fastlege), call user service  at +47 23 32 70 00.

Photo: Visit Sørlandet

Photo: Visit Sørlandet

Live and work

You can easily search for homes to rent at You may also use the same app to search for new or used items as cars, furniture, bicycles, travels or almost anything else. Unfortunately, all text is in Norwegian, but using Google Chrome, parts of the text can be translated into English.

The majority of vacancies in Norway are listed on the Internet, and this website will give you some tips for foreign job seekers.

To get socialized

Business Region Kristiansand took the initiative to create a meeting point for international workers and newly arrived Norwegians. Together with UiA and the Chamber of Commerce in Kristiansand, we arrange a gathering usually every first Monday of the month in the period October – May every year. Read more here. 

Travel in the region

It is easy to travel by bus in our region. AKT, Agder Kollektivtrafikk, is the local bus company, and you can download the app called AKT Billett (Billett means TICKET) for buying your ticket. To plan your travel, download the app called AKT Reise or use the bus icon on Google Maps.

If you are in the need of a car rental you can book here or send an e-mail to Kenneth Abrahamsen ( Rental cars are easy to pick up at the airport in Kristiansand.

Renting or leasing cars for a longer period without a social security number or any financial history in Norway, can be tricky. A local car dealer, Gumpen (9 different car brands), offers an agreement based on a written confirmation from your employer. The car dealing company Gumpen contact Kenneth Abrahamsen: Phone number (+47) 456 64 566. Gumpen can also deliver your car to the airport at arrival in Kristiansand. Please note: Your insurance company in your home country keeps a document that shows your possible prior injury history in the traffic. We recommend you bring this document to Norway. Some car dealers or insurance companies will ask for it before giving you a price.

Remember to check the validity of you driving license in Norway.

Foto: Anders Martinsen

Foto: Anders Martinsen

Child benefits in Norway

When your social security number is received, you may apply for child benefits in Norway. Please check the information below:
You may be entitled to child benefit if you have a child under the age of 18 in your care, who is living with you in Norway. Single parents are also entitled to extended child benefit and infant supplement.

How to apply for child benefit:
You must apply for child benefit using the application form for ordinary child benefit - NAV 33-00.07.
When you have chosen the correct form, you will see what documentation and attachments you need to submit with your application.

When cancelling your child benefits you have two options:

  1. Call NAV and terminate the child benefits, phone number is +47 55 55 33 33
  2. Provide us with a valid power of attorney and we can cancel it in writing, this will have a much longer process time.

Need of a nursery or primary school?

The municipalities handle applications to all municipal, private and state nurseries in Norway.  The application deadline for admission in August is of March each year. Rolling admission applications can be sent all year round and will be considered when there is space available. Please see contact information in every city below.

The international schools (Kristiansand and Arendal) provides high-quality international education for students from the ages of six to sixteen with a residential address in Norway. Please see contact information in every city below.

Please see different local information under each city.