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  1. SafeGasInstall

    SafeGasInstall Plumber GSR

    Any one here from Norway ?
  2. jtsplumbing

    jtsplumbing Plumber GSR

    Why ? thinking of moveing ! or after free holiday . lol.
  3. SimonG

    SimonG Plumber

    Closest I've been is the middle of no where!
  4. quality

    quality Plumber GSR

    I regularly work with a couple of swedes, what are you after
  5. mountainman

    mountainman Plumber GSR

    I'm still there!
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  6. SafeGasInstall

    SafeGasInstall Plumber GSR

    Info about living over there !
    We are planning summer trip to see what is like in Norway and Sweden !And also to see if there is jobs for Heating engineers .
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012
  7. Guest123

    Guest123 Guest

    NORWAY= A prime example of a small nation that looks after it's citizens. They set up a oil fund years ago while our UK government spent it on failing policies year after year. A great prosperous wee country and the people are very friendly, I've got friends there who love it there.
    A blue print for how an Independent Scotland would be.
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  8. SafeGasInstall

    SafeGasInstall Plumber GSR

    i agree with you Colin !
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  9. Bobleponge

    Bobleponge Guest

    One of my best mates is a fishhead, lives just outside Oslo. If you have specific questions I can certainly ask him for you.
  10. SafeGasInstall

    SafeGasInstall Plumber GSR

    I am interest to find is there jobs for Heating engineers ! What type of heating systems they use and is it gas/oil/or renewable type ! Can UK citizen just go and start work or need to apply for visa , I've wife and 3 years old boy+ we expecting next baby boy next February ? Do they speak english over there or must learn there local language ? I have million more Q but this will do to start from !

    Thank you !!!!

  11. Bobleponge

    Bobleponge Guest

    Will email him this evening and let you know. Bear with me, he may not reply overnight, but he will reply.
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  12. Guest123

    Guest123 Guest

    They do and many can speak English as a second language, with Norwegian obviously being their native language. I'm certain that you need a visa for work as Norway is NOT a member of the EU. They are a small but prosperous nation and a Scandinavian climate, so yes your skills as a heating engineer would be in demand. Much of their systems are gas and oil, but renewables are making big inroads. They also have a monarchy just like we do.

    Go onto the tourism site for Norway and get info about contacts there. I'd suggest Stan, that if you are serious about this that you and your family consider a month long holiday there to see if it lives up to your expectations.

    Here's a useful link for info:

    Congrats on the new baby boy coming in February.
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  13. Rob Sale

    Rob Sale Plumber GSR

    I have been told that they do not like it when people move over there and don't learn the language. The key to fitting in is learn the language before moving over!

    The reason why Norway is prosperous is because she is not a member of the Eu and just a member of the EEC via efta trading block. They pay £2mill a year to trade with us and we pay £50mil a day. They can trade with the rest of the world without Eu interference and qoutas, unlike what Cameron is having to do with mexico is get Eu to Ok. Our politician have screwed this country for there love of international socialism, i.e we pay every one but don't get much back. any way my rant over.

    Like i said the key to living there is learning the language. Us Brits can be bit of hypocrites cause, I have heard people say "I'm moving cause there are to many foreigners that don't speak our language that live here." Then they move to Spain do bother to learn the language and end up becoming what they resented back in the UK.

    I would love to move there, as i would love one of those log cabin homes. But mrs does not want to move, she won't even move out of the area we live in. Good Luck.

    Think Britain is going to lose out on good tradesman to Canada and Norway over the next five years.
  14. SimonG

    SimonG Plumber

    On the visiting front you'll need to visit twice, once in summer and once in winter. It was amazing in Canda the difference between the two.
  15. SafeGasInstall

    SafeGasInstall Plumber GSR

    Thanks for all the replays . I am not a British by nationality and did move to UK 12 years ago ,without knowing English language ! I did not have any intention not to learn the language over there just want it know whether English language will help me to make a start ! I speak three languages fluent and do not think one more will be a problem for me and my wife !
    I moved here when I was 20 years old and have had the best days of my life here in UK , got married and have one wonderful boy age of 3 and now waiting time to tick tock away and have next boy(plumber) next year !
    I have lived all the time in London in different areas and have had achieved all that I was dreaming of but one thing I could not do up to date is to buy my own house here .
    Since 2009 when recession arrived has been really difficult to make living and to keep going and achieving more in life . My wife is standing next to me and have no problem moving away from where we live as she know is for the good for the family . We were thinking of moving to out of London first then at one stage moving to Orkney island in Scotland . We are so in position of not knowing what will be best to do in order to do as I do see we must make a change as things has change a lot over the past few years .

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  16. SafeGasInstall

    SafeGasInstall Plumber GSR

    love the winters with lots of snow :)
  17. Guest123

    Guest123 Guest

    I would say that there are far more prospects for you in Norway than in Orkney and the quality of life is higher.

    Would you not consider a move to the Scottish Highlands first, say somewhere near Aberdeen or Inverness?

    Best of luck with whatever you decide.
  18. SimonG

    SimonG Plumber

    Aye I love the snow and cold, but the wife likes the warmer bits.

    Reading that link from system3 it says eea (eu) citizens can reside and work for three months in Norway.
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  19. SafeGasInstall

    SafeGasInstall Plumber GSR

    Probably will be much easier to move to Scotland as change in would not be dramatic compare to going to Norway...

    but must hurry up in decision before I have to que up for visa to move to Scotland :)
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  20. Gray0689

    Gray0689 Trusted Plumber GSR

    You will never need a visa for Scotland as they will not become independent
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  21. mountainman

    mountainman Plumber GSR

    You might need a visa to get back into England again though :)
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  22. Guest123

    Guest123 Guest

    We will and with 2 years to go, the independence movement is still gathering momentum. Once all the cack about the date etc. is over the real case for independence can be put forward. I'm confident that in 2 years time the YES campaign will win over the people of Scotland.
  23. stevetheplumber

    stevetheplumber Plumber GSR

    the sooner the better we can stop paying for you
  24. SafeGasInstall

    SafeGasInstall Plumber GSR

    What have I started here ... come on lads !
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  25. PlumbBobBob

    PlumbBobBob Guest

    chill everyone :smiley2:
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  26. kirkgas

    kirkgas Trusted Plumber GSR

    the independance vote will depend on whether the next step after that is a republic and loss of the Monarchy, (or will president salmond hide the facts until the vote has been, surely a politicial will tell us the truth over something so important) there are too many who will not want that (I hope)
  27. kirkgas

    kirkgas Trusted Plumber GSR

    haha shut it, you will learn Norwegian quicker than you will learn Scots if you have spent all your time darn sarffffff
  28. Guest123

    Guest123 Guest

    It's been made clear in all the media and every SNP independence statement that the Queen will remain as head of state in an independent Scotland. Sadly some are so blinkered by what team they support and religion to clearly think about the future of our nation.
  29. Dannypipe

    Dannypipe Trusted Plumber GSR

    Congrats on the expectant baby boy Stan. Great news. It's hard to buy a house here. I've only managed it by begging, borrowing and brown nosing. Even then it was hard.

    I'm around the same age as you and I know what it's like. I considered Canada and Australia, but looks like I'm staying put now.
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  30. kirkgas

    kirkgas Trusted Plumber GSR

    im not to blind or deaf to read or hear what has been said about it, however im just not sure i can believe them,
  31. tamz

    tamz Guest

    You think you are paying for us now? Just see what other "subsidies" are offered over the next couple of years by Westminster. None of them because of what they are paying now but all of them for what it will cost them (and you) if it happens.
    No matter what anyone thinks of Alex Salmond, he is a very clever and capable politician and more than a match for his peers.
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  32. REDSAW

    REDSAW Well-Known Member

    if scotland goes independant, how will you fend of those norwegians invading your country again.
    or will you wanting to rent our navy to chuck em back.lol.
  33. tamz

    tamz Guest

    Wish i was young enough to be fending of Norwegians but i'd still give it my best shot. :lol:

    I don't know how effective the navy would be anyway. I'm old enough to remember Britain backing down in the cod war against a small Nordic country :smile:
  34. REDSAW

    REDSAW Well-Known Member

    seriously though, why should england supply anything for free if you decide to 'go it alone'?.
    like the armed forces, electricity, free roads, nhs, import trade benefits. etc. what does scotland export to england?,

    you cant have all and give nowt!.

    if so, i am declaring my home a free governed state, sod the local council.lol.
  35. tamz

    tamz Guest

    Before the late 60's nothing except the odd glow in the dark redhead.
    Ever since then OIL and GAS. We don't export it, it is piped straight to you and bypasses us, squandered on the idle. There are many many years more of the stuff left.
    I will vote yes not because of any dislike of English people or Great Britain, but because i think we can do better than how Westminster think we should be run.
    I'll take the gamble no matter what threats are put forward.
    This issue is a very serious one for everyone in the UK but the outcome will be decided by around 4 million people.
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  36. REDSAW

    REDSAW Well-Known Member

    no argument there then!.lol.

    but i think you lot are selfish....what about me,?. i'm stuck wiv it.lol.

    'get me outta here'
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2012
  37. tamz

    tamz Guest

    Just pack your stuff and flit up here. Get yourself established before the influx :lol:

    You may want to edit out this bit but i'll write it anyway.
    These are the words of a song called the Scottish breakaway. A 1960's song that was sung at just about every new year party i was ever at when i was young.
    Sung to the tune of the sash. System won't like that one but he will like the words.

    Oh, Scotland hesna got a King,
    And hesne got a Queen.
    For ye canny huv the saicint Liz
    When the first yin's never been.

    Nae Liz the twa, nae Lillibet the wan,
    Nae Liz will ever dae,
    We'll mak oor land republican
    In a Scottish breakaway.

    Sae here's tae the Lion, the bonny Rampant Lion,
    An a lang streach tae its paw,
    Gie a Hampden roar, an' we're oot the door
    An ta-ta, ti Chairlie's maw.
  38. gavinwilson

    gavinwilson Plumber

    its all political b*****ks england will carry on subsidising scotland to make sure the oil etc keeps flowing and to keep another foreign country sweet
  39. Bobleponge

    Bobleponge Guest

    Getting back on track:
    Spoke to my mate last night as it goes, he phoned me rather drunk to laugh at my football teams efforts.
    1. Norway still heavily reliant on fossil fuels but moving more and more towards renewables. Most new houses (state built) have to have renewable energy sources built in.
    2. As an EU national (if you have a Brit Passport) then you can live and work in Norway without need of visa's, either work or residence.
    3. Norwegian is of course the national language, but English is widely spoken. HOWEVER it is considered bad form to go across knowing nothing. (On a personal note, I've been many times staying with my mate, and its the same as most places in the world. Tourists who dont speak the local language are tolerated because they bring in income, however if you live there and make no effort that isnt appreciated. A few words to start with does go a long way).
    4. He doesnt know re plumbers/work availability, but he's going to contact a few temp agencies etc and get back to me.

    Going back off track, if anyone can tell me in recent history of a country that got stronger by becoming smaller I'd be interested to know.
  40. stevetheplumber

    stevetheplumber Plumber GSR

    they can thats the system they have now
    im thinking of a fast track bricklaying course there a bloody big wall gonna need rebuilding
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    Last edited: Jun 25, 2012
  41. hammers4spanner

    hammers4spanner Plumber GSR

    If norway is so chippa then why is the depression and suicide rates so high ???

    just a thought!
  42. Bobleponge

    Bobleponge Guest

    Cos its daaaaaaaarrrrrkkkkkkk man. An interesting observation, a very high proportion of the suicides are alcohol induced, and yet alcohol prices are amongst the highest on the planet.
  43. Guest123

    Guest123 Guest

    Comments like that are straight out of the English Tory Party Propoganda Machine, so I thought I'd set the record straight and tell you the FACTS:

    So guess where Government spending is highest. That’s right, London.

    Official Treasury figures, the same ones which show that Scots are “subsidised” to the tune of £10,212 every year also show Government spending in London is £10,256 per head.
    But they have to pay £9,000 a year to send their kids to university, £8 for a prescription and they have to pay through the nose if their granny needs extra care in her old age.
    The reason for that is plain and simple.
    Scotland voted for a Government which believes in free education and free health care — but England voted for one which DOESN’T.
    Every year Scotland gets a set block of cash to spend as it likes. If people in England want free prescriptions and free university education, all they have to do is vote for a Government which wants those things too.

    This year’s figures showed that with 8.4 per cent of the UK population, Scotland contributed 9.4 per cent of UK taxes or the equivalent of a £1,000 overpayment from everybody in the country.
    We got back only 9.3 per cent of spending — and that’s before North Sea revenues double this year to a colossal £13.4 BILLION.
    So the question is not why Scotland gets so much but why, say, Devon & Cornwall, with annual spending of £8,020, deserves a full 20 per cent less than London.

    And those figures are from your own UK treasury, so in effect we are subsidising you in London, not the other way round.

    Imagine the outcry on this forum from the administrators (and it happened before and a thread was removed) if you said that you were subsidising the Asian community, racist eh? Maybe but there is no difference in saying that about the Scottish people.

    Get your facts right before you spout such bilge in our direction.
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  44. hammers4spanner

    hammers4spanner Plumber GSR

    Every year Scotland gets a set block of cash to spend as it likes. If people in England want free prescriptions and free university education, all they have to do is vote for a Government which wants those things too

    I'm english and i dont know anyone who votes!!!

    govt's get in by default in my opinion
  45. Guest123

    Guest123 Guest

    Well mate if you don't vote, then you can't complain about the consequences.

    There are countries all over the world denied the basic right of a free vote. Look at Syria, and all you have to do is spend 10 minutes going to your local polling station.
  46. hammers4spanner

    hammers4spanner Plumber GSR

    i dont vote personally because i cant as my local council seem to have a complete inability to process a electorial form so i can get on electorial registry ( still manage to process my council tax tho)

    Besides i stated i dont know anyone not meaning me , everyone i know cant be bothered as to why thats there opinion but judging by the low turn outs i would say that it suggests little faith in the political system .

    As for scotland independance couldnt give a monkeys about it , if anything build the wall again prob create some work oop norf !
  47. stevetheplumber

    stevetheplumber Plumber GSR

    i always vote otherwise i couldnt moan
  48. stevetheplumber

    stevetheplumber Plumber GSR

    no point arguing with me mate im all in favour of scotish independence and repatreation and im not racist i'd send evey one back regardless of race