Useful Information

Useful Information

ATMs ("Minibank" in Norwegian)

ATMs are available everywhere 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.

Climate and clothing

Regardless of season, the Norwegian weather is liable to change from day to day. May can vary a lot. It is normally nice, but it can be cold with rain showers. In May, the average day temperature in Lillestrøm/Oslo 12,5° C, with an average maximum of 26.6°C and an average minimum of 0°C. However, the end of May rarely sees the average minimum!

We advise travelers to bring some warm clothes, and also i.e. 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 Lillestrøm and Oslo.

City Bikes (Oslo Bysykkel)

The city bikes are available from a large number of bike stations around the city. You need an electronic smartcard to use the bikes. Most of the stations are in the city centre, but you can also find bikes at Bygdøy (the Viking Ship and Kon-Tiki Museum), and new stations are being built continuously. The bike stations are open 6 am - midnight.

Read more information on City Bikes.

Credit cards

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

Currency/exchange

The Norwegian currency is NOK (Norwegian kroner). NOK 1 is made up of 100 øre. Notes are issued in the following denominations: 1000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins in use are: NOK 20, 10, 5 and 1

As of mid January 2014:

NOK 100 equals
EUR 12,20
USD 16,70
GBP 10,10

(The exchange rates are approximate and given for information purposes 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 downtown Oslo.

Electricity supply

Round two-pin plugVoltage is 220 V at 50Hz, 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, and the general standard of healthcare is high.

As Norway is a rabies free country, there are strict rules with regard to bringing pets into the country.

Insurance

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

Language

Norwegian is the official language of Norway, though English is widely spoken. 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.

Safety

Norway is a safe country in which to travel. However, travellers should still take sensible precautions to avoid petty-theft.

Smoking

In Norway, smoking is prohibited in public buildings. 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 or more 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 totalling a minimum value of NOK 250 (for Nordic visitor NOK 1000). No refund will be made if the claim is not lodged before departure.

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 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.

Thus, in the last week of May the 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.

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 Bjørnhild Sæterøy - bjs@standard.no. Note that your participation must be confirmed by your member body/the ISO/C 204 secretariat before an invitation can be sent.

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

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