As in all other countries home buying in Norway is mainly about:
Location- location – location.
Location is a very import requirement for most home hunting people. People have some ideas about which areas are nice to live in or they have some connections to certain areas and the qualities you will find there.
But sometimes the wishes do not match with the money…
The purchase prices differ considerably according to the location and attractiveness, and some areas are regarded better than others. Because of type of houses located there, and available services, communication possibilities, number of schools and access to nature for example. But also, demographic conditions come into play.
Now I am getting closer to the main point of this article.
How safe is it to live in the different parts of the bigger cities in Norway? Which part of the city is the safest neighbourhoods?
Many foreigners, especially people from USA and other bigger countries, are very concerned about this issue. It is of course a very important question, but most Norwegian are not so concerned about the security issue itself. They wish of course for a good living environment, but since most neighbourhoods are perfectly safe the safety issue is not so important.
We have of course some smaller social problems, for example in the outskirts of Oslo, where safety can be an issue, but they are very few.
In most places in Norway, you will be perfectly safe in your home and the neighbourhood.
Despite of this, many Norwegians have somewhat stereotypical perceptions of which areas are nice to live in and they are gladly sharing these opinions to you if you start talking about buying a home.
Please do not take it for granted that all this information is correct. Do your own research, and if possible, visit the different areas to look for yourself.
If you need some advice about where you can afford to buy a property and objective information of different neighbourhoods, please ask me.
I will give you the information to you for free. And I promise to be completely honest!