Norway

Capital Oslo

Population 5,223,256

Area 323,802 km2

Key facts

Norway is a country located in Northern Europe. There are 3 countries (Finland, Russian Federation, Sweden) that Norway shares its borders with. As for languages, the country’s residents speak Norwegian, Norwegian Bokmål and Norwegian Nynorsk. Although English isn’t the official language, the majority of people in Norway are good English speakers.

EF EPI’s 2021 rankings placed Norway 5th among 100 nations out of non-native English-speaking countries.

The national currency in Norway is Norwegian krone (NOK). The krone (kr) is subdivided into 100 øre.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 10.99 NOK and 1 USD is worth 10.15 NOK.

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Banknotes

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Norwegian
Coins

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Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Norway is 186.61 Mbps and mobile is 189.62 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Norway has less ATMs.32.33 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Norway, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Norway. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Norway will celebrate 12 national public holidays. The next one Maundy Thursday will take place on April 6.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayFørste nyttårsdag
April 6, 2023Moving holiday Maundy ThursdaySkjærtorsdag
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayLangfredag
April 9, 2023Moving holiday Easter SundayFørste påskedag
April 10, 2023Moving holiday Easter MondayAndre påskedag
May 1, 2023 Labour DayFørste mai
May 17, 2023 Constitution DaySyttende mai
May 18, 2023Moving holiday Ascension DayKristi himmelfartsdag
May 28, 2023Moving holiday PentecostFørste pinsedag
May 29, 2023Moving holiday Whit MondayAndre pinsedag
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayFørste juledag
December 26, 2023 St. Stephen’s DayAndre juledag

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Norway?

There are no Mariott hotels in Norway.

There are no Hilton hotels in Norway.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Norway.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Norway.

There are Radisson hotels in 13 cities.

There are no Accor hotels in Norway.

What fast food chains are present in Norway?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Norway.

The KFC chain does not operate in Norway.

The Burger King chain operates in Norway.

The Subway chain operates in Norway.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Norway.

The Starbucks chain operates in Norway.

Weather

What is the weather like in Oslo?

Today the sun in Oslo, rises at 8:18 AM and sets at 4:43 PM. The climate of Oslo may be categorized as a Humid continental (Dfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 5Heavy RainLow: -2.4°C (27.68°F)High: 2.2°C (35.96°F)
MondayFeb 6OvercastLow: -3.8°C (25.16°F)High: 1°C (33.8°F)
TuesdayFeb 7OvercastLow: -2.5°C (27.5°F)High: 2.4°C (36.32°F)
WednesdayFeb 8FogLow: -4.7°C (23.54°F)High: 2.8°C (37.04°F)
ThursdayFeb 9OvercastLow: 0.1°C (32.18°F)High: 3.2°C (37.76°F)
FridayFeb 10SnowLow: -4.3°C (24.26°F)High: 2.6°C (36.68°F)

Weather data for Oslo (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Oslo.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 2 cities. You can use Bolt in 9 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Norway.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.0, Norway is placed 87th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Norway traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  1,595.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 2.10 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Norway

112 Police
110 Ambulance
110 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is prohibited, but medical use is legal.

  • 1.5 litres of wine or beer/alcopops/cider can be exchanged for the spirits quota.
  • Equal amounts of beer/alcopops/cider can be exchanged for the wine quota.
  • Stronger beverages cannot be exchanged for wine, beer, alcopops, or cider.
  • Tobacco quotas can be replaced with 1.5 litres of wine, beer, alcopops, or cider.
  • Only the whole tobacco quota can be exchanged for booze.
  • Alcohol and tobacco are not interchangeable.

Alcohol allowance

  • 1L of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content by volume of over 22%
  • 1.5L of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content by volume of under 22%
  • 2L of beer above 2.5%

Tobacco allowance

  • 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of other tobacco products (snuff, cigars and cigarillos are counted in grams)
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