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Whether you want to come to Kristiansand for temporary work or a more permanent settlement, there are wide range of things which should be kept in mind when planning a move. This guide is meant to provide a helpful overview to the most important information you as a foreigner must take when moving to Norway.

Relocation Region Kristiansand can assist:

  • 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 Monday of the month from October to April. (Except January.)

Birthe Helland Olsen is looking forward to assist you phone number: (+47) 930 89 188.


Practical information 

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

Import of goods to Norway:
Read about bank and insurance:
Paying taxes in Norway:

Driving license in Norway: 
Searching for vacant jobs in Norway:  or

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

Travelling by bus in our region: Download the app called AKT Billett (Billett means TICKET), this is for buying your ticket. To plan your travel, download the app called AKT Reise or use the bus icon on Google Maps.

Rental cars are easy to pick up at the airport in Kristiansand. Book here: or send an e-mail to

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.

Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer

Need of a kindergarten? The municipalities handle applications to all municipal, private and state kindergartens 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.

Photo: Landskapsfotografene


Interactive map of the city: Unfortunately, all choises are written in Norwegian only, but please use Goggle Translate to pick relevant options.

Need for a kindergarten? Please send e-mail to:

The International School:

Norwegian classes for adults: or

The University of Agder:

Important links and addresses

Utenriksdirektoratet UDI (The Norwegian directorate of immigration)

The police station
Kristiansand politistasjon, Tollbodgata 45, 4614 Kristiansand
Monday - Friday  08:30am(08:30) to 3pm(15:00)

Skatteetaten (the tax office)
Skatt Sør, Kjøita 42, 4630 Kristiansand
Monday - Friday  9am(9:00) to 3pm(15:00)

NAV (The Norwegian labour and welfare administration)
NAV Kristiansand, Gyldenløves gate 23, 4611 Kristiansand S
Monday - Friday 10am(10:00) to 2pm(14:00)