Norway Country Profile Travel Guide Business Information

Norway Country Profile Travel Guide Business Information

Norway population Norway religion Norway history Norway economy Norway currency Norway road travel and other national Norwegian information

Related pages  Contact the Norwegian Consulate / Oslo Travel Guide

Norway Cruises

Norway   – Recent History  Overview

In 1905 Norway became independant from Sweden. During WW1 Norway declared itself as neutral. In 1920 Norway became a member of the League of Nations.

On April 9th 1940 Norway was invaded by Germany. The Norwegian Government and Royal Family were evacuated to London and some of the country’s military forces subsequently fought alongside British and American troops.

In 1942, the Nazis made Norwegian Vidkun Quisling Minister President of Norway. His presidency was not accepted by the citizens of Norway many of whom were active in resistance movements. These resistance movements gained a reputation for successfully attacking facilities that were integral parts of the German occupation.

One attack destroyed the heavy water plant at Rjukan in Telemark at which German scientists were trying to develop an atom bomb. During the war hundreds of members of these resistance groups were executed and over 33,00 Norwegians were sent deported to concentration camps.

After the war, Norway became a founder member of NATO (1949), and in 1952 a member of the Nordic Council. In 1960 it became part of the European Free Trade association. Post-war Norwegian governments strived to consistently stimulate economic growth to finance better living standards for the country as a whole.

These principals were firmly underpinned from 1969 onwards when oil and gas fields were discovered in the Norwegian sector of the North sea.

In 1972 and 1994 two referendums rejected plans by Norwegian Governments for Norway to join the EU. On both occasion The ‘no vote’ was 4% higher than the ‘yes vote’. Norway has though several agreements with EU which enable it to trade with EU on favourable terms. It has also adopted several EU policies on passport control, security, human rights and other judicial legislation.

Norway  Country Profile

Norway Population The population of Norway was in April 2006 4. 649,300. The Capital is Oslo with a population of 521,886. Religions In Norway There official religion in Norway is the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norway by which about 90% of Norwegians are christened. Language In Norway The official national languages are Bokmal (a written dialect similar to Danish) Nynorsk (modern Norwegian and in some regions Sami also a recognised dialect. Norway Currency The official unit of currency in Norway is the Norwegian Kroner.

Norway Currency Restrictions

Visitors to Norway can bring into the country or take out the equvialent of 25,000 Norwegian Krone. (about £2,000).  If you are bringing in a higher amount you must declare the amount to Custom Officers on your arrival. If you are intending to leave with more than the amount above the exportmust be made after it has been approved through a bank. Further information and advice on these regulations is available here.

Norway Economic History

Since the discovery of vast oil and gas deposits in the North Sea in 1969, the Norwegian economy has prospered. This wealth subsequently financed the Norwegian National Insurance System which was set up a couple of years earlier. Public spending in education health and social care equated to 50% of gross national product.

Norway Economy Business

The Norwegian GDP is annually around USD312bn or $60,900 per head. Economic growth and inflation is generally below 3% with the latter usually the higher of the two factors. Norways major industries are oil, gas fisheries manufacturing machinery and transport. Norways major trading partner is the EU to whom it exports circa 70% of all Norwegian exports. The UK and Germany recieve 21% and 13% respectively of Norways exports with the Netherlands France and Sweden other major markets. The Norwegian Central Bank produces every quarter an inflation report offering a detailed analysis on the present Norwegian Economy and forecasts for the future see their website

Norway Shopping & Retailing

As these principals have been enduring ever since the standard of living is Norway is high. Shopping in Norway y expensive. Many sectors of the Norwegian economy have been established as state owned industries including Telnor the Norwegian Telecoms supplier and Vinmonopolet who are the only legal suppliers of wines and spirits. Beer can purchased in supermarkets.

Tourist VAT Refunds Norway

As Norway is not a member of the European Union it is sometimes possible for visitors from the EU to obtain a VAT refund on items purchased whilst they in Norway. You will need to know that the shop is a member of this scheme. Refunds are obtainable at the airport before you depart.

Health Notes For Norway:

Mosquitoes Mosquitoes and midges can be prevalent in forest lakes and the mountains during the summer. a problem.  Fish & Mussels The Norwegian Food Control Authority advises visitors to ask locals about the safety or risk of eating fish from fjords and lakes and mussels from the sea.

Emergency Medical Treatment Healthcare In Norway Norway has a high standard of healthcare and arrangements with several countries including the UK nationals for the provision of emergency medical treatment. If you are travelling from the UK you will need a European Health Card. more details.

Norway Political Structure

The Head of the Norwegian State is King Harald V who presides over a 169 seat Norwegian Parliament. Elections for the parliament take place every four years. Historically Norwegian governments are made up of majority coalitions as there six main parties in the coalition. The present governing coalition is a left of centre government.

Norway Phone Codes & Time Zone

International telephone codes are prefixed with the digits 00 47 and summer time zones are + 1 hour GMT.

Crime In Norway

Undoubtedly one of Europes safest countries though petty crime such as the theft of luggage at airports and railway stations in major cities does occur along with pick-pocketing

Drug Use In Norway

There is zero tolerance of drug use in Norway. Anyone found in possession of drugs however smallthe quanity risks imprisonment.

Credit Cards In Norway

Credit cards are widely accepted in Norway however some supermarkets and most Petrol Stations do not accept them.

Norway ATM Machines Banks

ATM machines are available across Norway but banking hours seem to be limited compared with Europe generally..

Forest Fires Risk In Norway

The lighting of barbeque or picnic fires in the summer is not permitted

The Leading Norwegian World Heritage Sites

Bergen: The Bryggen Wharf though savaged by several extensive fires (the last being in 1955) illustrates the bueaty of the many wooden homes built at the port when it was major trading post for the Hanseatic League in the 14th -16th centuries.

Lustrafjorden: Luster Sogn og Fjordane province The Urnes Stave Church is a unique example of a Stave church which were commonly built between the 11th and 13th centuries. The church is a representive example of wooden Scandinavian architecture.

Roros southern Sor Trondelag province: Roros was a village that became a copper mining town in the 18th century with over seventy houses that in architectural terms appear medieval. It is also was the setting for Harald Sohlbeg 1904 oil painting ‘After the snowstorm.

Alta: Finnmark Province Artic Circle The Alta Rock Carvings are petroglyphs in the Alta fjord, and feature in its rock thousands of paintings and engravings which are thought to reflect life in the area between 4200-500 B.C.

Vegaøyan – The Vega Archipelago in Nordland province (just south of the Arctic Circle): Here are a dozen or so islands that have been the home of fisherman since the stone age. Each island has its own villages landing quays and landscapes – some with lighthouses and homes for eider ducks. West Norwegian Fjords: Typical of many Norwegian Fjords areGeirangerfjord in Møre og Romsdal province and Nærøyfjord. in Sogn og Fjordane province and Geirangerfjord is in county, The village of Geiranger is a popular destination for cruise ships.

Travel In Norway

Road Travel In Norway

The Norwegian Authorities allow anyone for the European Union including the UK to drive in Norway provided they have a full licence from the country they are resident in. You will need to be able to produce the licence along with your driving insurance cover for your trip.

Road in Norways are generally well maintained especially in cities and their suburbs. However in rural areas especially in hilly and mountaneous parts the roads can very narrow, steep with many sudden bends . As a result journey can take far longer than might be judged by looking at a map.

Speed limits in Norway are lower than many parts of Europe: In towns and cities the limit is 50KPH – rural areas 80KPH and motorways 90KPH. Motorists breaking the speed face heavy fines.

Headlights must be switched on at all times. When driving note whether you are on a priority road identified by a yellow diamond. If you are not you must give way to traffic coming from the right.

Random checks for drinking and driving are common. The limit is 0.20mlis means that even half a pint of weak beer or a small glass of wine might take you over the limit. Conviction of driving with alcholol above this limit can result in a prison sentence.

Driving in Norway In Winter

In winter roads become very dangerous due to snow and ice. All cars and similiar vehicles must have winter tyres fitted from November until the end of April. Commercial vehicles with a gross weight over 3,500kg must be fitted with snow chains. At times the weather in Norway can be very severe with heavy snow and very low temperatures – see the euromost city guide for Olso. Motorists travelling in Poland during the winter are advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before setting out. They are also advised to carry mobile phones for use in an emergency along with emergency supplies of food and warm drinks especially when going on a long journey.

Useful Motoring Site:

If your going to drive in Norway there is a site DonnaDiesel. produced by the Norwegian Government principally for drivers of HGV & Commercial vehicles which all motorists night find useful.



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