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General Info about Norway

Visas
Nationals of the EU, Australia, USA and Japan need a valid passport to enter Norway. A tourist visa isn’t required unless you plan to stay for over 90 days.

It is advised that you contact your local Norwegian embassy before travelling to Norway to ensure there aren’t any special requirements for specific nationality.

Currency
The official currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK) which is divided into 100 øre. Notes come in denominations of NOK50, NOK100, NOK200, NOK500 and NOK1000. Coins in circulation are 50 øre, NOK1, NOK5, NOK10 and NOK20.

Language
There are two official languages spoken in Norway. The first is ‘Bokmål’ which translates as ‘book-language’, while the second language is ‘Nynorsk’ which means ‘New Norwegian’. Both are taught in school.

English is widely spoken and understood all over Norway, particularly in areas popular with tourists.

Climate
Norway is generally quite a cold country. The winters are cold and long and therefore the summer is generally the best time to visit, in particular between May and September.

Medical Care
Medical care in Norway is excellent, particularly in larger towns and cities.

You will never find it hard locating a pharmacy which sells general medical supplies. In case of an emergency dial 113 for assistance.

Time Zone
Norway is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (2 during daylight saving hours).

Opening Hours
Shop opening hours in Norway are similar to the rest of Europe – Monday to Friday from 9am-6pm with most shops opening until 8pm on Thursdays. Saturday opening hours are from 9am-3pm.

Banks open Monday to Friday at 8.15am and remain open until 3.30pm, and 6pm on Thursdays.

Tourist Office
Tourist offices are an excellent source of information are and also the best place to pick up brochures/booklets about points of interest in various areas. They are easier to locate in larger towns and cities.

Tax
VAT in Norway (known locally as MVA) is currently 24%.

Currency Exchange
Post offices and banks are the best places to change foreign currency and travellers cheques.

Credit cards and ATM cards can be used at cash machines so if you have the facility you can withdraw cash from any machine displaying certain symbols. American Express, Visa and all other credit cards are widely accepted.

Electricity
220V/50 Hz to 60Hz. Plugs have two round pins.

Telephones
Norway’s country code is +47. When dialling into Norway from overseas dial the country’s international access code, then the country code (47) plus the local number. Area codes aren’t used.

Dialling overseas from within Norway, dial its international access code (00) followed by the country’s code, area code (dropping the 0) and the local number.

When making overseas calls, card phones are most convenient.

Post Office
The postal system in Norway is efficient and a good option if you have no access to email, or if you need to send something.

Tipping
A service charge of between 10%-12% is added to most bills. If you feel the service merits it, you can increase this if you want.

Public Holidays
It is worth noting what the public holidays are as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day.

Norway’s public holidays are New Years Day (Jan 1st), Easter (March/April), Labour/May Day (May 1st), Constitution Day (May 17th), Ascension Day (40th day after Easter), Whit Monday (8th Monday day after Easter), Christmas Day (December 25th) and Boxing Day (26th December).

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