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Why live in Haugesund

We work to live

You may have heard the term: You either work to live or live to work. Well, most of us actually work to enjoy life. The main thing our international community points out is our unique work-life balance.

Haugesund offers a thriving job market with opportunities in various sectors such as shipping, fishing, tourism, and more. Our city is home to numerous local and international businesses, providing a diverse range of job opportunities for both locals and foreigners.

When you have a job in Norway you most likely have the right to five weeks of holiday each year. After working a year, your job will also cover your next four weeks of holiday. The working hours vary, but the most normal is seven and a half hours of work each weekday, leading up to 37.5 hours a week.

Every job varies, but in almost all of them, time with family and friends is supported and encouraged. We have a lot of flexibility, especially when it comes to picking up the kids at daycare or driving your grandmother to the hospital. You get the point. Life outside of work matters.

In short

  • Haugesund is a Coastal Norwegian City and the regional centre of Haugalandet.
  • Haugesund centre gives you the chance to enjoy some town life, with a wide range of culture, shopping, restaurants and wonderful cafes. 
  • Throughout the year, Haugesund hosts a number of festivals, cultural experiences and sporting events for children and adults.

A place made for families

Haugesund is an ideal place for families. We have excellent educational institutions, from kindergartens to high schools, ensuring your children receive a top-notch education. Our healthcare services are among the best in the country, ensuring your family’s well-being.

We have a wide range of childcare facilities, and we offer free after-school facilities for school children during their first year of school. Norway also offers free public schooling from the age of 6-18/19 years old at one of the world's bests schools.

Family life in Haugesund is rich and fulfilling. Our city is safe and clean, with plenty of parks and recreational areas for children to play and adults to relax. The community is welcoming and friendly, making it easy for newcomers to feel at home.

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Breathtaking nature

Surrounded by natural beauty, Haugesund is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. From the deep blue sea to the lush green forests, there’s always a new landscape to explore. Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, or simply picnicking in the great outdoors, Haugesund has something for you.

Rich culture

Immerse yourself in Haugesund’s culture. Our city hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the renowned Norwegian International Film Festival and the Sildajazz festival. Our museums and art galleries showcase local and international art, while our restaurants serve delicious traditional and global cuisine.

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Affordable and easy living

Haugesund offers a variety of housing options to suit different needs and budgets. Whether you’re looking for an apartment in the city center or a house in the suburbs, you’ll find something that fits your lifestyle. Living in Haugesund is relatively affordable compared to other cities in Norway.

Whether you prefer to walk, cycle, take the bus, or drive, getting around Haugesund is convenient and straightforward. The small distances within the city make it a very accessible place to live and work. Haugesund is a compact city, making it easy to get around on foot or by bicycle. The city center is small and most of the key attractions, shopping areas, and restaurants are within walking distance of each other.

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