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USEFUL INFORMATION

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HEALTH & SAFETY

Under Norwegian law, you are entitled to healthcare help in the event of emergency or serious illness. EU / EEA citizens are entitled to emergency care under the EHIC. As in other countries, private travel insurance will insure against hefty health treatment bills.

In urgent situations an ambulance can be called by dialing 113. 

Some pharmacies in central locations in Oslo are open 24 hrs, but in general, opening hours for pharmacies are between 8am and 4pm and offer the usual over-the-counter medication. It is recommended to bring a supply of medication which is only available on prescription.

 

SARS-COV2 INFORMATION

You can find up-to-date health and health advise in relation to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and traveling to and in Norway here:

https://www.visitnorway.com/plan-your-trip/coronavirus-and-travelling-to-norway/

MONEY AND PRICE LEVEL

 

The currency used in Norway is the Norwegian Krona (NOK). It is possible to exchange money in banks, post offices, designated currency exchange offices and bigger hotels. It is widely common to pay by card in Norway, even for smaller amounts and some hotels or taxis will not accept cash anymore. Nevertheless, ATMs are widely available and it is recommendable to carry small amounts of cash.

Norway is an expensive country and you should budget accordingly. On average, a meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs between 150 - 200NOK while a three course in a mid range restaurant will easily come to 400NOK per person, excluding drinks. A cappuccino starts on average from 40NOK, a soft drink from 30 NOK and a beer from 80 NOK. 

Service charge is included in hotels and restaurants, but it is common to allow 5 - 10% extra for good service. Taxi fares are usually brought to a rounded amount.  

OPENING HOURS

 

Shops are generally open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 6pm, some shops are open until 9pm and supermarkets may open for 24 hours. 

Tourist Informations are open between 9am and 7pm Monday to Friday, between 10am and 6pm on Saturdays and on Sunday afternoon. In small towns or remote areas the tourist information only opens over the summer months. General opening times for museums and other attractions are between 9am and 6pm, often longer in summer. Some are closed on Mondays and only open on the weekends over the winter. 

Postal offices are open Monday to Friday between 8 or 9am and 4 or 5pm and close earlier on Saturdays. Opening times in banks are between 8 or 8:30am and 3 or 3:30pm Monday to Friday, but close later at 5pm on Thursdays.

ELECTRICITY

 

The voltage is 220V/50hz and sockets fit the standard European plugs with two rounds.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

 

January 1

New Years Day

Friday before Easter

Good Friday

Monday after Easter

Easter Monday

39 days after Easter Sunday

Ascension Day

7th Sunday after Easter

Whitsuntide

May 1

Labour Day

May 17

National Holiday

December 25

Christmas Day

December 26

St Stephens Day

FESTIVITIES & EVENTS

 

Tromsø

Northern Lights Festival - classical and contemporary music festival

January

Kristiansund

Opera Festival - opera, ballet, art and concerts

February

Holmenkollen

Ski Festival - large festival with the World Cup in Nordic Skiing and biathlon, ski jumping and cross-country

Early March

Narvik

Winter Festival - sport events, carnival, concerts and opera dedicated to those building the railway in Norway and Sweden

Mid March - early April

Rena / Lillehammer

Birkebeiner Intl Ski Race

Mid March

Voss

Jazz Festival

First week of April

Bergen

International Music Festival

Late May - early June

Oslo fjord

Faerder Sailing Race

Mid June

Honningsvåg

North Cape March

Mid June

Stavanger

Emigration Festival - exhibitions, concerts, theater and folklore

Mid June

Nationwide

Midsummer Night

June 23

Kvinesdal

Emigration Festival

Late June - early July

Tromsø

Midnight sun marathon

Late June

Kongsberg

International Jazz Festival

Early July

Oslo

Exxon Mobil Bislett Games - Intl athletic competition

Early - mid July

Molde

Intl Jazz Festival

Mid July

Oslo

Norway Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament

Late July / early August

Telemark

Intl Folk Music Festival

Early August

Vinstra

Peer Gynt Festival - music, art and parades

Early August

Oslo

Jazz Festival

Mid August

Oslo

Chamber Music Festival

Mid August

Oslo

Oslo Marathon

Mid September

Oslo

Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

December 10