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Full country name: Kingdom of Norway
Area: 385,252 sq km
Population: 4,896,200
Capital City: Oslo
Language: Norwegian
Religion: 89% Protestant, 6% non-believers, 5% other
Government: Constitutional monarchy
Time Zone: CET (UTC+1); Summer – CEST (UTC+2)
Dialing Code: 47
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Norwegian krone (NOK)

Money & Costs:
Average yearly salary: USD 57,400

Budget: 25kr
Mid-range: 35kr
High: 50kr
Budget: $60
Mid-range: $170
High: $300+

Geography: The Kingdom of Norway is located in northern Europe, as well as in the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. The country borders Sweden, Finland and Russia. Norway's extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea, is home to hundreds of deep fjords. Nearly 70% of the country is covered by mountains, glaciers, moors, and rivers.

Climate: Although being situated in the northern latitudes, Norway has a temperate climate. The warm Gulf Stream moderates the coastal weather making the winters relatively mild. The west coast experiences strong winds and heavy precipitation in winter though. The inland highlands have severe snowy winters, with summers, on the contrary, being sunny and warm. The average yearly temperature of Norway ranges from 5 C in January to 28 C in July.

Food: According to Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norwegian population is the healthiest in the world. The base of Norwegian cuisine is represented by fish and game meat. It is normal to eat fish at least 3 or 4 times a week. Grilled Salmon is one of the most favorite dishes among the locals. There is an abundance of tasty seafood in the waters surrounding Norway, therefore the Norwegian people have developed numerous delicious ways to prepare it. The predominant meats are reindeer, elk and lamb. Whale and horse meat are sometimes also used, especially when preparing the Norwegian sausages. Norwegians have a fine quality milk. Cheese is usually made from either goat or cow milk.

Drink: Since Norway has strict laws regarding the sale of alcohol, hard drinks can be bought only between 3 and 11.45 pm from Monday to Saturday in the Vinmonopolet, the state liquor and wine monopoly. Beer, wine and cider are sold in supermarkets, bars and restaurants 7 days a week. Note, that you should ask for your favorite brand of gin or scotch when in a bar or a restaurant, or you will be served a sour-tasting Norwegian home brew.

Health: No special immunizations are necessary when traveling to Norway. Health care standards are high, as well as charges for visits to doctors and dentists. Chemist shops are called Apotek.

Recommended clothing: You should pack lightweight clothes for summer months, including at least one warm jumper, waterproof jacket and comfortable walking shoes. If you are planning to visit Norway in winter season, you should take an overcoat, gloves, boots and other warm clothing. It is recommended to bring waterproof trousers and boots for spring and autumn.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
28 Mar Palm Sunday
1 Apr Holy Thursday
2 Apr Good Friday
4 Apr Easter Sunday
5 Apr Easter Monday
1 May May Day
13 May Ascension
17 May Constitution Day
23 May Whit Sunday
24 May Whit Monday
25 Dec - 26 Dec Christmas

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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