Norway has a total area of 385 155 km ². Thus, Norway is about ten times larger than the Netherlands.
The capital city of Norway is Oslo.
The west coast of Norway has a mild temperate climate in the high north is a tundra climate. To the east of the mountain ranges dominate a continental climate.
The Norges Handicapforbund offers comprehensive information on the accessibility of attractions buildings for the disabled.
The voltage is 220/230 V.
Norway has reindeer, something rarer are the moose and beaver. In addition, Norway is rich in birds, because the fjord coast and many islands are ideal for residence and breeding.
Norway has extensive forests. To the north, there are less trees and vegetation, but we still see Birch, reindeer moss and low shrubs. Norway has several national parks, which are freely accessible.
Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway (Norge Kongeriket), lies on the western part of the scandinavian peninsula. Norway is adjacent to Sweden, Finland and Russia.
Norway has a long coastline of 25,148 km, with numerous deep fjords, the Sognefjord, Hardangerfjord, Nordfjord and the Oslo Fjord are the largest. Furthermore, Norway has a large number of glaciers, Jostedalsbreen is the largest glacier on mainland Europe. The river Glomma (Glåma) to the south is the longest river in Norway.
Norway is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. King Harald V is the sovereign of the country. The Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg.
The level of health care in Norway is high.
Broadband Internet is widely available in Norway. Many hotels and restaurants have wireless internet (sometimes for a fee).
Norway has 4.70727 million (2012) inhabitants.
The majority of the population in Norway speak Norwegian. The Sami minority speak Sami. In the extreme north is also spoken Kveens. Bokmål (book language) is one of the two Norwegian standard languages, the other is Nynorsk (New Norwegian).
The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). The current exchange rate is approximately: 1 NOK = 0.12602051 euros, 100 øre are one crown. It is not common in Norway to give a tip in hotels and restaurants, a tip of 5-10% will be appreciated.
The national holiday in Norway is at May 17, it is the Day of the constirution in Norway. This day is celebrated with children's parades and numerous festivities. Young people in the last year of high school make a major contribution to the festivities. These youths are dressed in red or blue suits.
Stamps (frimerker) are available at post offices, kiosks, newsagents, hotels and shops selling postcards in Norway.
Food prices in Norway are significantly higher than in the Netherlands and Belgium. Fish is fairly affordable in Norway.
The largest church in Norway is the Lutheran church. In Norway they have religious freedom. Islam is the second largest religion in Norway.
Norway is a safe countr. The conditions in the Arctic are extremely fragile and require special attention from travelers. The emergency number for the police is 112 and 911 (via mobile phones), for fire call 110.
Norway has a ban on smoking in public buildings and other public places. One must be 18 years old to be able to buy tobacco in Norway.
The country code for Norway is +47.
Norway has no time difference with the Netherlands.
Most traffic rules in Norway are the same as in the Netherlands. In the winter season, you must install snow chains if you drive a car with summer tires on roads covered with snow or ice. Consider closed roads in winter. In general, on Norwegian roads there is a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour. In city centers up to 50 kilometers per hour. On dual carriageways and motorways is is 100 kilometers per hour. There are severe penalties for drunk driving, the legally permitted amount of alcohol is 20 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood. It is required by law to have a reflective safety vest in the car.
Norway has more than 50 airports, making all parts of the country easily accessible. The average flight time from Amsterdam to Norway is approximately 2 hours. Driving time is around 15 hours. There are numerous ferry connections from Denmark, from Germany (Kiel) cruising the Color Fantasy and Color Magic the largest car ferry in the world-to Norway. Color Line sails also from Sweden (Strömstad).
From June till August are the long days in Norway, especially above the Arctic Circle, the summer has most tourists. In addition, Norway is popular as a winter destination, the months of February till April are the best for that period.
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