NORWAY

Norway, José.

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Norway is on Central European Standard Time (GMT+2). Without calculating for daylights savings, it’s roughly 6 hours ahead of New York City and 1 hour ahead of London. 

All U.S. citizens are allowed to travel throughout Norway and the Schengen area for 90 days without obtaining a Visa. 

When traveling for over 90 days, though, you must apply for one. For more information check out Schengen Info.

Top three airports in Norway: 

Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL): This major international airport is only 29 miles from the city center, with 24-hour transportation provided to and from by train, bus, taxi, or shuttle.

Bergen Airport Flesland (BGO): This is the second largest airport in Norway, located in the small village of Flesland. While traveling to and from the airport, one can rent a car or take a taxi, tram or bus.

Trondheim Airport (TRD): This is the third largest airport in Norway, and about 32 kilometers from the city center. 

The best way to travel around Norway is by Ruter, which includes local buses, trams, light rails, metro, and ferries.

You must have an electric card, which can be downloaded via the Ruter mobile app. This allows for the storage of tickets and the keeping of credit on ticket purchases. 

Women are well respected in Norway. It is generally a very safe country with low crime rates, but it’s important to always take precautions when traveling alone. 

Be aware of your surroundings, and make sure you have your personal belongings with you at all times.

Over the course of a year, Norway’s temperature will range from 19°F (-7°C) to 71°F (21°C). 

If you’re looking to experience warmer weather, the best time to visit is between the end of June and the middle of August.

The coldest months of the year fall between October and April, and the most rainfall occurs at the end of August. 

The official language is Norwegian, but most people speak and understand English, Danish and Swedish as well. 

Here are a few Norwegian words and phrases to learn:

Hello: Hallo

Thank you: Takk skal du ha

You’re welcome: værsågod

Excuse me: unnskyld meg

I’m sorry: Beklager

Please: Vær så snill

Good moring: God morgen

Goodnight: God natt

My name is …: Mitt navn er …

Check, please: Regningen vær så snill

I don’t understand: Jeg forstår ikke

Do you speak English?: Snakker du engelsk?

Where is …?: hvor er …?

Call the police: ring politiet

 

Before you head to Norway, understand these local customs:

  1. Norwegians appreciate politeness. Try to say “thank you” in their language (“takk skal du ha”) whenever you can.
  2. Because the men are very respectful, women typically make the first move when engaging in conversation.
  3. Be sure to ask for help when you need it. Norwegians are very independent, and will only offer guidance once you reach out.
  4. To purchase wine or beer, you must be 18, and to purchase hard alcohol, you must be at least 20. Beer and wine are sold until 8PM on week nights, and 6PM on Saturdays. The only store that sells liquor is Vinmonopolet. No alcohol is sold on Sundays.

Norway’s currency unit is Norwegian Krone (NOK). Approximately 1 USD equals 8.25 NOK. 

Exchanging money in Norway is simple. You can exchange money at many local banks, airports or Foreign Exchange Bureau stores. 

Norway is an expensive place to visit and live in. Taxes are extremely high, in order to allow for free health care, welfare, and education.

Tipping is not expected and very much appreciated. Usually people tip 10 NOK of the total price.

Like most European countries, Norway carries the same two plug types (C and E). 

Your converter should look like this:

Tap water in Norway is safe to drink. Bottled water can be purchased in supermarkets, kiosks, gas stations and delis.

WiFi is available in most places, so there should be no trouble gaining access to it. 

If you choose to buy a service, head over to a Telenor or Telia to purchase a prepaid sim card, and make your passport readily available.

Taxi prices are not regulated in Norway, so it’s recommended that you use the Mivai app to find the cheapest options around.

Norway is extremely welcoming of the LGBTQ+ community.

In 2009, gay marriage was made legal, and in 2013, anti-discrimination laws on gender were passed.

For more information, check LGBTIQ+ Travel.

Norway is one of the most eco-friendly destinations to visit. It’s known for the nature conservation of its beautiful landscape.

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A TIMELINE OF NORWAY'S HISTORY

Norway becomes its own kingdom.

Circa 900

The Viking era comes to an end with the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

Viking Siege

1066

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch is born.

Munchmuseet interior

1863

Norway is finally released from Sweden’s control and Prince Carl of Denmark becomes king.

1905

Anna Rogstad is the first female Member of Parliament.

Anna Rogstad

1911

Germany invades Norway during WWII.

German Occupation of Norway

1940

Oil is found in Norway’s sector of the North Sea. The capitalization of oil and gas become ⅓ of the country’s annual earnings.