According to sourcemakeup, Norway (English: Norway, Norwegian: Norge) is a country in Europe bordering Sweden, Finland and Russia. The northern part of Norway falls under the Lapland region. The capital of Norway is Oslo. A number of major cities in Norway are: Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Drammen and Fredrikstad.
Norway is known for the Viking age, the glaciers, the midnight sun and winter sports. The country has a lot of tourism that mainly goes to the icy north. The country’s economy is largely based on oil and gas extraction, fishing and logging. About 25% of the landscape consists of forests. There are several National Parks spread across the country. In the north, in addition to the midnight sun and glaciers, you can also find petroglyphs and a real ice hotel. There is also a lot to discover in the field of animals. For example, there are whales, elk, wolves and brown bears. See thedresswizard for driving in Norway.
Counties of Norway:
Akershus, Aust-Agder, Buskerud, Finnmark, Hedmark, Hordaland, Møre og Romsdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Nordland, Oppland, Oslo, Rogaland, Sogn og Fjordane, Sør-Trøndelag, Telemark, Troms, Vest-Agder, Vestfold and Østfold.
Overview of the Overseas Territories of Norway:
Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen and Bouvet.
In addition, Peter I Island and Queen Maudland in Antarctica.
Where is Norway?
Travel information of Norway
Official name: Kingdom of Norway
Area: 385,155 km²
Country code: NO, NOR
Population: 5,425,270 inhabitants (2022)
Form of government: Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Highest point: 2,469 m (Galdhøpiggen)
Distance (Amsterdam – Oslo): 916 km
Flight time: approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Norway that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Norway, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Norway. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Norway?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Norway at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Norway has both a continental and a maritime climate. In the higher areas, temperatures are around freezing point all year round. In the rest of the country, temperatures in the summer months are around 15 to 25 degrees and in the winter months around 0 to -15 degrees. In some places, temperatures can drop to as low as -40 degrees due to its location in the arctic.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Norway can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Norway can be found at Climate info.
Current snow depths in Norway can be found at Winter sports enthusiasts.
May, June, July and August are the best months to travel to Central and Southern Norway.
June, July and August are the best months to travel to Northern Norway.
In these months you have the most pleasant temperatures.
February and March are the best months for a winter sports holiday to Northern Norway.
Norwegian is the official language in Norway. Sami and Kveen are also spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Norwegian for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Norway for less than 3 months.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Norway: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulates in Norway: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Norwegian Embassy in the Netherlands: Rijksoverheid.nl.
Norwegian consulates in the Netherlands: Rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Norway.
Money and Currency
In Norway, payments are made with the Norwegian krone (NOK).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Norway can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Norway are much higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +50% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (46% more expensive), food (80% more expensive), imported beer in catering (142% more expensive), cigarettes (88% more expensive) and public transport (34% more expensive). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Norway it is not customary to tip. Tips (service costs) are already automatically calculated in the price.
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time in Norway is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Norway can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Norway you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Norway.
There are toll roads in Norway. An overview of all toll roads in Norway can be found on ANWB.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Norway.
In Norway the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity in Norway can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 110
– Ambulance: 113
Tap water is safe to drink.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Norway can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Norway can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Norway end in.no.
Official websites of Norway: norwegen.nl and visitnorway.com.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Norway is 0047 or +47.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Norway? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Phone numbers can be found in the Norway Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Norway.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Norway.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Norway.
Holidays and school holidays
Norway’s national holiday falls on May 17 (Grunnlovsdagen).
An overview of all other public holidays in Norway can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Norway in the Eurydice school guide.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Norway, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Norway?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have visited Norway before. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Norway can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Norway can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Norway? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that is not allowed to be imported and/or exported to Norway.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Norway, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Norway, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Studying and internship
Are you considering a study, internship or gap year in Norway? You are by no means the only one and certainly not the first. To help you on your way, Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalization in education) has set up the WilWeg.nl website. On this website you will find all the information that can help you on your way, such as admission requirements, forms of education, accommodation, scholarships, internships, health insurance, study costs and of course experiences.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Norway.
– Alcohol: Spirits from the age of 20, beer and wine from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.2.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Norway has two national anthems?
…Norway is rich in oil and gas fields?
…Many Norwegians hang their flag outside every day?
…More than 300,000 Dutch people come to Norway every year?
…Norway literally means ‘the way to the North’?
…Norway has the most medals from the Winter Olympics?