Time zone: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 during the summer)
Telephone services: Country Code: 47
Outgoing Code: 095
Emergency telephone numbers: Police 112, Ambulance 113, Fire Department 110,
Tourist information: Norwegian Tourist Board, Charles House, 5 Lower Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR Tel: (020) 7839 6255 Fax: (020) 7839 6014.
Passport information: Valid passport required by all except: Nationals of the EU holding a valid national ID card. Nationals of Austria, Finland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Switzerland, if holding a national ID card. NOTE: Expired passports can not be considered as valid travel documents. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the relevant authority before travelling.
Visa information: Required by all except: Nationals of Australia, Canada, USA, the EU and Japan. Nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland; Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Lesotho, Lithuania (for tourism only), Macau, Malawi, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Island, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Health information: Other Health Risks: Rabies is present on the island of Savlbard.
Food & drink: Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food
Currency: Norwegian Krone (Nkr) = 100 øre NOTE: Import and export of local currency is limited to Nkr 25000.
All major credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques, preferably in US dollars, can be exchanged in banks, hotels and shops.
ATM availability: Over 2000 locations.
Cost of living: Relatively expensive as in the other Scandinavian countries
Languages: Norwegian. Lappish is spoken by Sami people in the North. The majority of people also speak English.
Weather: Coastal areas have a moderate climate. Inland areas are more extreme with hot summers and cold winters.
Electricity: 220 volts AC 50 Hz. Plugs are the continental 2 pin type.
Post: 2 -4 days within Europe.
Transport: RAIL: Connects main cities and Sweden. Substantial reductions can be gained through a ‘Scanrail’ pass. ROAD: The road system is of variable quality especially in the North during freezing conditions. BUS: Efficient service. DOCUMENTATION: IDP or national driving licence is required along with the vehicles log book. A ‘green card’ is strongly recommended.
Special information: Punctuality is very important especially if invited to someone’s home. Lunch is the main meal of the day, but it is often eaten as late as 17.00. Casual dress is acceptable everywhere during the day.