Useful Information

• Accommodation
See separate information.

• ATMs (Minibank in Norwegian)
ATMs are available at many locations in the city centre.

• Business hours

  Weekdays Saturday Sunday
Banks 09:00 – 15:30 closed closed
Post office 09:00 – 18:00 10:00 – 15:00 closed
Major shops* 10:00 – 20:00 10:00 – 18:00 closed
Public offices 09:00 – 16:00 closed closed

* Most shopping centres. Opening hours vary from shop to shop.

City Bikes (Oslo Bysykkel)
The city bikes are available from a large number of bike stations throughout the city. You need an electronic smartcard to use the bikes.

• Climate and clothing
Regardless of season, the Norwegian weather is liable to change from day to day. There is always a chance of rain. In June, the average day temperature in Oslo is 16 °C, with an average maximum of 20 °C and an average minimum of 13 °C.

Note that the longest day of the year will be during your stay in Oslo. On the days around 21 June the sunrise is at 03:54 and the sunset at 22:44. Even at midnight it isnt really dark. However, to see the midnight sun you would have to travel further north.

We advise travellers to bring some light clothes and clothes they can layer depending on temperature. A waterproof coat and/or umbrella and comfortable walking shoes/boots/trainers would also be convenient.

See the weather forecast for Oslo.

• Credit cards
All major credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops.

• Currency/exchange
The Norwegian currency is NOK (Norwegian kroner). Notes are issued in the following denominations: 1000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins in use are: NOK 20, 10, 5 and 1. Prices may be given with two decimals, but the sum is rounded to the closest NOK 1.

As of March 2014:

NOK 100 equals
EUR 12.40
USD 17.30
GBP 10.30

(The exchange rates are approximate and given for information only.)

Travellers may exchange foreign currencies at banks, post offices and exchange offices. At Oslo Central Station they will find both exchange offices and a bank exchange office. Exchange offices can also be found at other locations in the centre of Oslo.

• Electricity supply
Round two-pin plugVoltage is 220 V at 50 Hz, and a round two-pin plug is the Norwegian standard. If travelling with electrical or electronic devices, it is recommended to bring a two-pin continental adapter although adaptors may be purchased in shops in the city centre.

• Health/vaccination
There are no health certificate requirements for entering Norway. The general standard of healthcare is high.

As Norway has no rabies, there are strict rules with regard to bringing animals into the country.

• Insurance
The host committee cannot accept responsibility for accidents, losses of/or damages to any luggage or personal belongings. Participants and accompanying persons are advised to obtain travel, medical, personal accident and luggage insurance in their home country prior to departure. European nationals should bring a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

• Language
Norwegian is the official language of Norway. English is widely spoken as a second language. Signs, however, are often written in Norwegian only.

• Prices
Please note that certain products can be quite expensive in Norway. Prices for certain products (like cigarettes/tobacco and alcohol) may be higher than visitors are used to. All prices given in shops, menus, etc. include taxes (VAT).

• Safety
Norway is a safe country for travel. However, travellers should still take normal precautions to avoid petty-theft.

• Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in public buildings in Norway. This also includes offices, public transportation, hotels, bars, restaurants and all other establishments where food and beverage are served.

You must be 18 years old to buy tobacco and tobacco products in Norway.

• Taxes
There is a value added tax (VAT) which is always included in the given prices.

Visitors leaving with goods purchased in Norway can claim the VAT refund at the airport at their departure by showing the goods and producing the invoices or receipts exhibiting VAT paid for the goods in question. VAT is only refunded on goods over a certain minimum value. No refund will be made if the claim is not lodged before departure. Further information.

• Telephone
Regular telephone numbers in Norway consist of eight digits, and there are no area codes. (There are also some five-digit numbers mainly used by companies.)

… calling to Norway 
The international telephone access code is +47.

… calling from Norway
The outgoing code from Norway is 00.

For calls from the hotel, please see information at the hotel.

Mobile phone
Norway has three national GSM network operators: Telenor, NetCom and Network Norway (NetworkN).

• Time Zone
The time zone for Norway is Central European Time (CET) which is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC, which is equivalent to GMT). From the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October, we have Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is two hours ahead of UTC.

In June the local time will be UTC/GMT + 2 hours.

• Tipping
Tipping in Norway is seen upon as a voluntary gesture rather than an expected economic compensation for services rendered. However, tipping is customary if the service is satisfactory. Service and sales tax are always included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Customers can round up to the nearest 10 or 100 NOK. A 10 % tip is considered generous.

No tipping is expected in hotels.

• Visa
The general rule is that all foreign nationals require a visa to visit Norway. However, there are several exceptions to this rule. In the link below is a list of those who do not require a visa. Please make sure to get sufficient information on the requirements for nationals of your country before travelling to Norway. For more information, you should contact the nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate or a travel agent in your country. Please note that visa procedure might take some time!

All foreign nationals who wish to enter Norway must have a valid passport or other identification that is officially recognised as a valid travel document.

If you request a formal letter of invitation from the host, please send an e-mail to Håvard Hjulstad at Standards Norway with the following information: Full name as it appears in your passport (in Latin letters), Organization/Company name, Full address including country, E-mail address, Passport number, Date of issue, Date of expiry.

For more information on visa, please see the homepage of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.