Norway Travel Overview

GENERAL

Official name of the state

Kingdom of Norway.

Capital

Oslo.

Geography

According to topschoolsintheusa, the Norwegian west coast lies on the European Arctic Ocean, the north coast on the Arctic Ocean and the south coast on the Skagerrak, which separates Norway from Denmark. The country borders on Sweden to the east, Finland to the north and the Russian Federation to the north-east. The 2700 km long fjord coast is Norway’s »trademark«. The fjords are often very deep, on average between 80 and 100 km long, and surrounded by high mountains. In the interior of the country, extensive forest areas with numerous rivers and lakes rich in fish dominate the landscape in the south; the north, at the Arctic Circle, is a rugged high mountain world. The largest cities in Norway are Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Fredrikstad.

Government

Parliamentary monarchy since 1905. Constitution from 1814, last amendment 1884. One-chamber parliament (Storting) with 169 members, divided into two chambers for legislative matters.

Head of state

King Harald V, since 1991.

Head of government

Erna Solberg, since October 2013.

Electricity

230 V, 50 Hz. Round two-pole plug. No adapter required.

Time zone

Central European Time: CET +2 (CET +3 from March 26 to October 29, 2017)

Norway Travel Overview

LANGUAGE

Overview

The official language is Norwegian (with the two very similar official written languages Bokmål and Nynorsk). Sami (also the official language) is spoken in northern Norway. Many Norwegians speak English, some also German and French.

ECONOMY

Business etiquette

A suit and tie are appropriate for business visits. Appointments should be made and business cards should be used. Punctuality is welcome. Norwegian business people tend to be reserved. International business is mostly done in English, some Norwegians also speak German. The best times for business visits are February to May and October to December.

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suit and tie are recommended for business visits. Appointments should be made and business cards should be used. Punctuality is welcome. Norwegian business people tend to be reserved. International business is mostly done in English, some Norwegians also speak German. The best times for business visits are February to May and October to December.
Opening hours

Business hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Economy

Commercial Department of the Norwegian Consulate General
E.ON-Platz 1, D-40479 Düsseldorf
Tel: (0211) 457 94 49.

Norsk-Tysk Chamber of Commerce (German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce)
Drsameveien 111 B, NO-0273 Oslo Postal
address: PO Box 603 Sköyen, NO -0214 Oslo
Tel: 22 12 82 10.
Internet: www.handelskammer.no

Innovation Norway
Postboks 448 Sentrum, NO-0104 Oslo
Tel: 22 00 25 00.
Internet: www.innovasjonnorge.no

Business contacts

Commercial Department of the Norwegian Consulate General
E.ON-Platz 1, D-40479 Düsseldorf
Tel: (0211) 457 94 49.

Norsk-Tysk Chamber of Commerce (German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce)
Drsameveien 111 B, NO-0273 Oslo Postal
address: PO Box 603 Sköyen, NO -0214 Oslo
Tel: 22 12 82 10.
Internet: www.handelskammer.no

Innovation Norway
Postboks 448 Sentrum, NO-0104 Oslo
Tel: 22 00 25 00.
Internet: www.innovasjonnorge.no

COMMUNICATION

Phone

The country code is 0047. Free numbers start with 800. International calls are often very expensive. Telephoning with prepaid cards is relatively cheap. The phone cards can be bought in post offices or at the kiosk. The cheapest option is Internet telephony.

Emergency numbers: Police 112, accident rescue 113 and fire brigade 110.

Cellphone

GSM 900/1800 and 3G 2100. Mobile phone companies include Telia (Internet: telia.no/) and Telenor Mobil (Internet: www.telenor.no). The transmission and reception network is good, but there may be restrictions in remote areas, such as in the mountains. For longer stays, it may be worth buying a local prepaid card. If you have frequent calls home, buying a Norwegian SIM card may be the cheapest option. There is also the option of renting a cell phone. Roaming agreements exist. An overview of Wi-Fi hotspots can be found at www.hotspotlocations.com.

Internet

There are many internet cafes in Norway. In most cities, you can access the network for free in public libraries, cafes, restaurants, other public areas and on public transport. Good network coverage for mobile surfing on the Internet. Network coverage is only patchy in sparsely populated areas.

Post Office

Hotel receptions, shops, and kiosks sell postcards and postage stamps. Airmail shipments to Germany, Austria or Switzerland take two to four days to travel. Poste restante items can be sent to the post offices of the larger cities. Post office opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sat 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Radio

Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.

CULTURE

Religion

Evangelical Lutheran State Church (85.7%); other Protestant, Catholic and Muslim minorities.

Social rules of conduct

Great importance is attached to punctuality. Casual clothing is accepted everywhere. Lunch, the main meal, is often only eaten in the late afternoon (sometimes not until 5 p.m.). However, Norwegians still accept invitations to dinner.

Smoking: In all of Norway, smoking is prohibited in all public places such as public transport, restaurants, bars and hotels.

Tips: The bills for hotels, restaurants and bars already include service and VAT. Nevertheless, if you are satisfied with the service, an additional tip of 5% is customary. In the taxi, the fare is rounded up.

CLIMATE

Best travel time

The Gulf Stream and air currents of the North Atlantic create a moderate maritime climate on the coasts. In general, the southern plains have warmer summers and colder winters than the coastal areas. In the inland continental climate and in the mountains high mountain climate.

Rain falls throughout the year, with heavy snowfalls in winter. Near the Arctic Circle, there is constant daylight at midsummer time and constant twilight during the winter months. The most popular travel time is during the summer months.

COUNTRY DATA

Area code +47 Area (square km) 385 155 Population 5207 689 Population density (per square km) 15 Population in 2015 Member of the EU No main emergency number 113