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Norway Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting


Norway travel guide and destination overview of the country. Key information, general overview, and more for travelers to Norway.

Updated: 2019-06-22.

Kingdom of Norway | Kongeriket Norge (Norwegian Bokmål) | Kongeriket Noreg (Norwegian Nynorsk)

Norway is a country in Northern Europe on the Scandinavian Peninsula. Located to the west of Sweden, which shares a lengthy north-south border with it, Norway also touches both Finland and Russia a bit in its most northern regions. Its long coastline spans the North Sea at its south, the North Atlantic Ocean to its expansive west, and the Barents Sea of the Arctic Ocean in the north.

Norway is officially the Kingdom of Norway, and that kingdom has within its domain the Jan Mayen island and the Svalbard archipelago. Norway also has three uninhabited dependent territories in the Southern Hemisphere: Peter I IslandQueen Maud Land, and Bouvet Island. These are not within the Kingdom of Norway, but still under Norwegian sovereignty.

flag of Norway

Norway Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Norway – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Oslo (& largest city)

Population: 5.33 million (2019 estimate)

Language(s): Norwegian, Sámi

Monarch: King Harald V

Prime Minister: Erna Solberg

Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK)

Area: 385,178 km2 (148,718 mi2)

Dialing Code: +47

Time Zone: Central European Time “CET” (UTC+1), DST/Summer Time: Central European Summer Time “CEST” (UTC+2)

Demonym: Norwegian (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Noreg (Nynorsk) or Norge (Bokmål) (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 112 for police, 113 for fire, 110 for ambulance

Drinking Age: 18 for beer and wine, 20 for drinks that contain 22% ABV or more

Smoking Age: 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 16

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: Plug Types C / F (define)

ISO Country Code: NO

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