In light of the results of the U.S presidential election, the Ringerike Recovery Program has been developed by the regional development company of Ringerike, Norway. We are offering acute aid to descendants of emigrated Norwegians, and other Americans, considering a new start abroad.

Growth, innovation
and prosperity

Ringerike has a lot to offer: free healthcare and schools, reasonable priced housing, wide cultural scene, high tolerance for religious beliefs and sexual orientation, stunning nature, clean air and fresh water. All are equal; women’s rights are advanced, and our current female head of state is not our first.

The Norwegian society is transparent and well organized. We believe our highly developed welfare state is the best. Not only are we among the richest countries in the world, but the United Nation’s Human Development Index has ranked us the world’s best country to live in — 12 years in a row. That’s facts.

Happy people

The Ringerike Recovery Programme

The Ringerike Recovery Program was developed by our region’s three mayors; Kjell, Lars and Per. The initiative was built on a sincere wish to help our family and friends in America by offering a tailored recovery program to make the emigration easier. We are proud of what we can offer our new neighbors and colleagues – have a look at our initial program:

Larshall plan

Mayor Lars organizes the volunteers in our district, and makes sure the different initiatives among the residents are coordinated. An example is the local knitting project Knit for America, where eager knitters from our region come together to knit headbands for our cousins overseas.


Mayor Kjell and his fellow colleagues will help all newcomers to find a residence and a job in the region. Within the KJELLP section there are several services to choose from. What the services have in common, is that they’re free of charge.

Per care
Per care

Mayor Per is very proud to front our local, renowned hospital Ringerike sykehus. Several highly skilled employees at the hospital have revitalized the way we offer health care around here. We call it Per Care – and Per Care is of course free of charge.

Art, culture
and traditions

We are proud of the cultural life and our heritage here at Ringerike. You’ll find activities, happenings, concerts and people wearing Bunad throughout the year.

City life

Hønefoss has everything you can expect from a modern city. You’ll find small and local shops as well as a wide selection of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and night clubs. The lush parks framing the city are also beautiful places for a picnic.


In the heart of Ringerike you’ll find Hønefoss. A city that’s been a small metropolitan trade area since 1852. Hønefoss offers a large shopping mall and stores spread out across the city centre. The region is also a short hour away from the capital, Oslo, and the largest shopping centre in Norway – located in Sandvika.


With a wide selection of restaurants in Ringerike, you’ll be sure to find something you like. The Norwegian cuisine in its traditional form is based largely on the raw materials readily available in Norway and its mountains, wilderness and coast. You can enjoy our national dish Fårikål in the autumn and Rakfisk when the winter is closing in.

Nature and seasons

Beautiful and diverse nature as far as your eye can see. What about an evening stroll in the forest, cross country skiing through Marka, or testing your fishers fortune in one of the many rivers nearby? Just a few steps outside your new home in Ringerike is a new experience.


How do i move to Ringerike?

We know it’s a big step, but we will do our best to help you on your journey. The Ringerike Recovery Program is under development to ensure your safety. Updates and more information will follow. Neither we nor the world have had much time to prepare for the four years ahead of us. Subscribe to our newsletter, or contact us to learn more.

Is everyone welcome?

Absolutely! We have extended invitations to Miley Cyrus, Bryan Cranston, Cher, Samuel L. Jackson and Jon Stewart to name a few. Who knows — maybe you’ll be neighbors in Ringerike?

Bunad, fårikål and rakfisk?

Bunad is a traditional Norwegian costume worn by both men and women during special occations like our 17th of May, our national day. Fårikål, our national dish is made from two main ingredients; cabbage and lamb. Rakfisk is fermented trout with a variety of side ingredients. It’s usually served with a few glasses of Aquavit.

How do you pronounce æøå?

ÆØÅ are extra three vowels at the end of our huge alphabet. Æ makes the same sound as the A in BAD. Ø sounds similar to the U in BURN, while our final letter Å is like the O in MORE.

Work and a place to stay

Our regional growth goes hand in hand with new residential areas and places to work. Many Americans have a Norwegian heritage, maybe you’ll find family to stay with? We will provide further guidance and support through our Kjellp-program in the near future.

In the meantime, feel free to peek at openings and houses on the links below. (Content is translated by Google, and may not be perfect. We’re working on solutions to provide English content.)

Real estate Job openings Heritage
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We look forward
to hearing from you!

Stay updated with current progress on the Ringerike Recovery Program, learn more about Ringerike and the many oppurtunities available here.

If you are ready to take the next big step you can apply for a visum at The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).