Norway

Norway is located on the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. It is bordering Sweden, Russia and Finland. Norway has a really long coastline but also snowy mountains and breathtaking fjords. The capital of Norway and also its biggest city is Oslo. The country provides a mix of natural beauty, great wild forests, historic towns and beautiful fishing villages. The locals are very friendly and hospitable to the tourists. The three biggest cities offer different experiences to their visitors. It is a place to be for nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts and it also is truly one of the greatest tourist destinations of Europe.


A Fjord in Norway

Population & Languages

Norway has a population of 4.7 million and the official languages being spoken are Bokmal Norwegian and Nynorsk Norwegian and in some regions also Sami. Other languages spoken in Norway are Finnish, English and German in some areas.

Electricity

The voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The types of plugs used are Round pin attachment plug and “Schuko” plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts.

Geographic Location

Like already said in the beginning Norway is a Nordic country located on the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. It is bordering Sweden, Finland and Russia. Norway has around fifty thousand small islands along its coast, about two-third of its area is mountains and it has one of the longest coastlines in the world.


A cruiser in a fjord in Norway

Climate

The climate can be termed as Temperate with hot summers and cold winters. The highlands of interior Norway have an arctic like climate with snow, severe wind chill and frost. Winters are mild along the coastal areas where most of the rain is coming down.

Local Customs

Norway like any other country has its own customs, for example it is customary not to drink until the host makes a toast. When invited for a meal it is customary to offer the host a small gift.Smoking is prohibited in most public areas. Casual dress is acceptable for everyday wear. Tipping the taxi drivers is not customary. For services in restaurants tipping of up to 5% is customary, porters at hotels generally charge NOK 5-10 depending on the number of pieces of luggage.

Attractions

Sights to visit, ordered by city or area:

Bergen: Numerous museums, galleries, aquarium, medieval age buildings, cable car to the top of Bergen’s hills and boat trips to fjords.

Oslo: Old medieval buildings, churches, modern architecture, museums like Edvard Munch Museum and the Norwegian Folk Museum, art galleries, Vigeland Park, and Akershus Fortress.

Fjordland: Geirangerfjorden known for tiny S-shaped fjord.

Sognefjord: The longest and the deepest fjord, beautiful villages such as Balestrand and Flam, old stave churches, Nærøyfjord – Narrowest branch of the Sognefjord and Palteau of Jostedalsbreen glacier.

Tromsø: Arctic cathedral, Polaria and Tromsø Museum.


Trolstegen in Norway

Travel

Airlines operating in and to Norway are Braathens SAFE (BU), SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK), Air France, British Airways, Finair, Icelandair, KLM, Lufthansa, Northwest Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair and Swiss Airlines. The biggest airport of Norway is the Oslo International Airport (OSL) located only 30 miles away from the city.

Traveling by sea the important ports are Bergen, Kristiansand, Larvik, Oslo and Stavanger. There are sea routes from the UK, operated by Fjord Line and DFDS Seaways. Another ferry line operating from Germany is the ColorLine line.

Traveling by rail is pretty comfortable for tourists as Norway is part of the extensive network of trains connecting whole Europe. Comming from UK the connections are from London via Dover,Ostend through The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden or Harwich/Hook of Holland or directly from Newcastle to Bergen via Stavanger.

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:
1. 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco products and 200 leaves of cigarette paper for EU countries.
2. 400 cigarettes or 500g of tobacco products and 200 leaves of cigarette paper for Non-EU countries.
3. 1liter of spirits and 1liter of wine or 2liter of wine and 2liter of beer for EU countries.
4. 1liter of spirits and 1liter of wine or 2liter of wine and 2liter of beer for Non-EU countries.
5. 50g perfume or 500 ml eau de toilette
6. Gifts, Food, fruits, medications and flowers for personal use of value up to 3,500 kr

Prohibited Items are: Un-canned goods, meat or dairy products, narcotics, firearms, ammunition, weapons, eggs, plants, endangered species, fireworks and alcoholic beverages that contain more than sixty per cent alcohol.