Essential Info for Norway
Official name: Kingdom of Norway
Population: Around 5.2 million
Capital city: Oslo (also largest city)
Other cities: Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim
Neighbouring countries: Norway shares borders with Sweden to the east, Russia and Finland to the northeast, and Denmark across the Skagerrak Strait.
Geography: Norway consists of a rugged coastline, broken by huge fjords and thousands of islands. Much of the country is dominated by mountainous or high terrain, with a great variety of natural features caused by prehistoric glaciers and varied topography. The most noticeable of these are the fjords: deep grooves cut into the land flooded by the sea following the end of the Ice Age.
Politcial system: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Major religions: Christianity
Main languages: Norwegian (official). English is also widely understood.
Money: The Norwegian Krone (NOK) is divided into 100 ore. It is relatively easy for expats to open a bank account in Norway provided they have a national ID number (personnummer).
Tipping: Service charges range from 10 to 15 percent in most hotels and restaurants. Taxi fares are generally rounded up to the nearest krone.
Time: GMT+1 (GMT+2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October)
Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz. Two-pin, round-prong plugs are used.
Internet domain: .no
International dialling code: +47
Emergency contacts: 112 (police), 113 (ambulance), 110 (fire)
Transport and driving: Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road. Public transport is efficient and easy to use, making getting around Norway very straightforward.