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Norway Being There

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Facts and numbers

Official name

  • Kingdom of Norway / Kongeriket Norge / Kongeriket Noreg

Resident

  • Norwegian (m), Norwegian (f)

State form

  • Parliamentary Monarchy
  • Norway is divided into 11 provinces.

Overseas Territories

  • In the north of the Atlantic Ocean: Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen.
  • In the South Atlantic: Bouvet, Queen Maudland, Peter I Island.

Capital

  • Oslo

European Union

  • Norway is not a member of the European Union.
  • Norway is a member of the Schengen Agreement.

Language

  • Norwegian, New Norwegian, Sami

Population

  • 2019: 5.4 million

Surface

  • 323,877 km² (8 times the Netherlands)

Income per inhabitant per year

  • 2018: $ 66,000 (NL: $ 50,200)

Average life expectancy

  • 2018: 82.3 years (NL: 82.1 years)

Currency

  • Norwegian krone (NOK)

Country code license plate

  • N.

Health

  • The level of medical care in Norway is high.
  • Travelers are advised to take out good travel insurance. Please note that cash payment may be required for the provision of medical care.
  • In case of hospitalization or when specialist medical care is required, travelers should contact their insurance company directly.

European health insurance card (EHIC)

  • The European health insurance card or EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) entitles you to essential medical care in the event of illness or an accident during a temporary stay in Norway. If you show your EHIC, healthcare providers know that you are insured and where they can declare the healthcare costs. It is often not necessary to advance healthcare costs yourself.
  • You will usually find the personal EHIC on the back of your health insurer’s health card or in your health insurer’s app. Consult your health insurer’s website for more information about the EHIC.

Medicines

  • Take plenty of special medicines with you (in the original packaging) or ask the doctor for a prescription.
    It is advisable to bring your own travel pharmacy with regular medicines.

Medical statement

  • Travelers who bring medicines prescribed by a doctor or specialist may be required to carry a medical certificate. This applies in any case to medicines that fall under the Opium Act (such as certain sleeping pills, ADHD medicines and strong painkillers).
  • Request the statement in time.Health advice

Ticks

  • Watch out for ticks when hiking or camping in the countryside, as they can transmit Lyme disease.
  • Tick-borne encephalitis also occurs in Norway. Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain caused by a virus that can be transmitted by ticks. From April to November the ticks are most active and the risk of contracting this disease is greatest.
  • Protect yourself from ticks!

Mosquitoes

  • Many mosquitoes are found near lakes and rivers inland. Thanks to the salty seawater, there are no mosquito infestations along the Norwegian coast and in the fjord area.
  • To repel mosquitoes, it is advisable to provide a good repellent against mosquitoes and to wear protective clothing during walks.

Drinking water

  • The tap water is safe to drink.

Food

  • Encephalitis (see Ticks) can rarely be transmitted through raw milk from cows, sheep or goats or products made from raw milk (such as some cheeses).

Particularities

  • Certain areas in Norway are not accessible by ambulance. That is why a rescue helicopter or rescue boat is used in an emergency. You have to pay for this transport yourself if you are not adequately insured.

School holidays

2020-2021

Summer vacation
20-06-2020 – 19-08-2020

Autumn break
28-09-2020 – 09-10-2020

Christmas break
19-12-2020 – 04-01-2021

Winter vacation
22-02-2021 – 05-03-2021

Easter holidays
27-03-2021 – 06-04-2021

Summer vacation
19-06-2021 – 17-08-2021

Holiday spread

  • In Norway, the holidays are somewhat spread out. The dates indicate the first and last day of the holiday periods.
  • Autumn break: 2 days to 1 week
  • Christmas holidays: 2 weeks
  • Winter holidays: 1 week
  • Easter holidays: 9 days
  • Summer vacation: 8 weeks

Electricity

Voltage

230 volts

Adapter plug

  • Outlets have two round holes and can be grounded or ungrounded.
  • You do not need an adapter or world plug.

 

Safety

Ski helmet

Although not mandatory in Norway, the wearing of a ski helmet for children is strongly recommended.