Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin
plugs are in use.
Norwegian is the official language, but English is widely
A 10-15% service charge is added to most hotel and restaurant
bills and a further tip is only necessary if exceptional service
has been received; waiters often receive an extra 5-10% tip. Taxi
fares can be rounded up to the krone.
Norway is a safe country in which to travel, however travellers
should still take sensible precautions to avoid petty-theft.
Smoking is prohibited in all public places and on public
transport, unless otherwise indicated. Norwegians tend to see
everyone as being equal; they do not flaunt their wealth or
financial achievements and frown on those who do.
Business in Norway is conducted formally, with an emphasis on
punctuality and direct communication. Business attire is usually
smart and fashionable, though not ostentatious. Titles and surnames
are predominantly used on introduction, but may be dropped later
and greetings are usually made with a handshake. Business cards are
exchanged. Expect business to be conducted in a direct and
forthright manner, with little small talk or socialising. It is
worth bearing in mind that Norway is an expensive country and that
any services such as lawyers, consultants etc are subject to 25%
VAT. Business hours are usually 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.
The international access code for Norway is +47. The outgoing
code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the
United Kingdom). City/area codes are not required. Two operators
providing GSM 900 mobile phone networks cover most of the country.
Internet cafes are widely available.
Norwegian residents over 18 years, and who have been abroad for
less than 24 hours, do not have to pay duty on 40 cigarettes or 20
cigars or 100g tobacco; and gifts to the value of 500 kr. Residents
over 18 years who have been abroad for 24 hours or more and
residents of other European countries, do not have to pay duty on
200 cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco products and 200 leaves of
cigarette paper. For passengers over 20 years duty-free items
include 1 litre spirits and 1 litre wine, or 2 litres wine and 2
litres beer; perfume and eau de Cologne in small quantities and
gifts to the value of 1,200 kr. For residents of non-European
countries over 18 years, 400 cigarettes or 500g of other tobacco
products or 200 leaves of cigarette paper are duty-free, while for
those of 20 years and older items include 1 litre spirits and 1
litre wine or 2 litres wine and 2 litres beer; 50g perfume and
500ml eau-de-Cologne; and gifts and items for personal use to the
value of 3,500 kr. Prohibited items include alcoholic beverages
with more than 60% alcohol content, arms and ammunition, narcotics
and plants or parts thereof.