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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.
You can find up-to-date health and health advise in relation to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and traveling to and in Norway here:
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.
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.
The voltage is 220V/50hz and sockets fit the standard European plugs with two rounds.
New Years Day
Friday before Easter
Monday after Easter
39 days after Easter Sunday
7th Sunday after Easter
St Stephens Day
FESTIVITIES & EVENTS
Northern Lights Festival - classical and contemporary music festival
Opera Festival - opera, ballet, art and concerts
Ski Festival - large festival with the World Cup in Nordic Skiing and biathlon, ski jumping and cross-country
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
First week of April
International Music Festival
Late May - early June
Faerder Sailing Race
North Cape March
Emigration Festival - exhibitions, concerts, theater and folklore
Late June - early July
Midnight sun marathon
International Jazz Festival
Exxon Mobil Bislett Games - Intl athletic competition
Early - mid July
Intl Jazz Festival
Norway Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament
Late July / early August
Intl Folk Music Festival
Peer Gynt Festival - music, art and parades
Chamber Music Festival
Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony