Norway Travel Overview
Official language: Norwegian
Currency: Crown 1NOK = 0.10EUR
Continent: Northern Europe
According to Countryaah, Norway is located in Northern Europe, in what is known as Scandinavia. The form of government in Norway is that of a constitutional monarchy, with King Harald V as its head of state.
Norway borders three countries: Finland, Russia, and Sweden. Despite its central location in Europe, Norway is one of the few countries that are not part of the European Union.
Norway borders the Atlantic in the west. The coast of Norway is particularly known for its fjords. For those vacationing in Norway, a visit to the fjords is almost a must. The most famous are the Geirangerfjord, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway and the longest fjord in the world.
The capital of Norway is Oslo. Oslo is best known around the world as the city that annually awards the Nobel Peace Prize. For a city breakOslo is ideal because the city has a lot to offer for a vacation. Oslo is home to a variety of museums and attractions: the National Gallery, Munch Museum, Viking Ship Museum, Nobel Prize Center, Fortress, City Hall, Royal Castle, National Theater, the newly built Opera, Vigeland Park and much more. Oslo is not all about sights, however. Those who want to use their vacation to shop will also get their money’s worth in Oslo. We recommend, for example, a stroll through the famous Karl-Johannsgate shopping street or a shopping tour through Oslo City, a large shopping center near the train station. Oslo is also well known among winter sports fans. Holmenkollen – the famous ski jump – is located in the city of Oslo.
Another sensation for those who spend their vacation in Norway is a trip to the North Cape, the northernmost point of Europe. A special natural spectacle is offered in summer with the midnight sun, i.e. the event when the sun does not set once a year. This event of the midnight sun can only be observed from a point near the Arctic Circle. Therefore, the North Cape is a really good place to see the midnight sun.
Official language: Norwegian
Crown (100 Øre)
ISO 4217 code
NOK / 578
Geo coordinates: N 60 ° 28 ‘19.3 ” E 8 ° 28’ 8.2″
Highest mountain: Galdopiggeh (2,469 m)
Total area: 324,220 km²
Mainland: 307,860 km²
National border: 2,544 km
Coastline: 21,925 km
Dependency: Sweden until 1905
UN member since: 1945
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy
Houses of Parliament: modified unicameral system (only bicameral if legally required)
Party system: Multi-party system
State building: federal
Political culture: Civic culture
Particularities: not in the EU; State Church
Export goods: Ships, ores, fish, oil
BSP: $ 289,378,300,000
GDP: $ 282,441,000,000
GDP purchasing power parity: $ 207.6 billion
Economic growth: 4.2%
GDP share of agriculture: 2%
GDP share of industry: 42.7%
GDP share of services: 55.3%
Inflation rate: 1.8%
State budget revenue: $ 4294967295
State budget expenditure: $ 4294967295
National debt: 56.7%
Export: $ 134.9 billion
Import: $ 69,450,000,000
Foreign debt: $ 302 billion
Gold and currency reserves: $ 50.428 billion
Electricity consumption: 108,290 million KWh
Gas reserves: 2,118,000 million m³
Gas production: 88,600 million m³
Gas consumption: 4,870 million m³
Oil reserves: 9,859 million m³
Oil production: 3,290,000 million m³
Oil consumption: 271,000 million m³
Cultivation area: 2.67%
Bovine: 988,000 pieces
Pigs: 734,000 pieces
Sheep: 2,350,000 pieces
Fishing: 2,510,000 t
Residents in cities: 3,637,500
Minorities: Seeds et al
Average age: 38.4 years
0-14 years: 19.3%
15-64 years: 65.9%
> 65 years: 14.8%
Population growth: 0.38%
Birth rate: 11.46 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 9.4 / 1,000 residents
Migration: 1.73 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 0.98
Fertility: 1.78 children / woman
Infant mortality: 3.67 ‰
Life expectancy men: 76.91 years
Life expectancy women: 82.31 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: NO
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: NOR
ISO 3166 numeric: 578
Top Level Domain: no
IOC country code: NOR
UN / LOCODE: NO
Telephone connections: 3,610,000
Cell Phones: 4,640,000
Internet users: 2,710,000
Railway lines: 4,077 km
Paved roads: 72,473 km
of which expressways: 722 km
Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 724
Number of doctors: 12,770
Daily food intake: 3.410 kcal / resident
HIV- infected people: 2,800
Last sovereign since: 1905
Main religious group: Christians
Distribution of religions: 85.7% Lutheran State Church; other Protestants 3.5%; 1.7% Muslims; Cath. 1%
Prison inmates: 3,000
Armed forces (troop strength): 27,000
Main battle tank: 170
Defense Spending: $ 5,168,100,000
Arriving by plane
Norway’s air traffic is mainly operated by SAS Scandinavian Airlines Norge (BU) (Internet: www.sas.no). SAS flies direct from Berlin-Tegel to Oslo every day except Saturdays. In addition, Air France (AF), Lufthansa (LH), Eurowings (EW), Air Berlin (AB), Austrian Airlines (OS), British Airways (BA), KLM (KL) and Swiss International (LX) offer good connections Norway. Swiss International (LX) also flies from Geneva and Lufthansa (LH) from Hamburg to Oslo.
Frankfurt – Oslo: 2 hours; Zurich – Oslo: 2 hours 30 minutes; Vienna – Oslo: 2 hours 25 minutes
Arrival by car
Car: The roads are good, both from Sweden and, in the far north, from Finland. Caravans with a license plate are permitted; their width must not exceed 2.3 m. Drivers who want to cross over from Denmark to Norway take the continuous motorway connection from the border crossing at Ellund north of Flensburg (connection to the German A 7) via Arhus and Aalborg to the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark.
Bus connections from Germany: With Nor-Way Bussekspress (Internet: www.nor-way.no) or with Eurolines (Internet: www.eurolines.de) to Norway.
Arriving by train
On the » Vogelfluglinie « you travel from Germany in a combined train / boat trip via Hamburg – Puttgarden – Rødby – Copenhagen – Helsingør – Helsingborg – Gothenburg (Sweden) to Norway; You can also travel by train / ferry via Frederikshavn (Denmark) and Larvik (Norway).
The Norwegian-Swedish railway company Linx (Internet: www.linx.se) operates high-speed trains that run daily between the Scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, while the routes within Norway are operated by trains operated by Norges Statsbaner (NSB) (Internet: www.nsb. no).
Information about rail passesfor train traffic within Norway and between the Scandinavian countries, the Norwegian tourist offices (see addresses).
The InterRail pass is also valid in Norway (for details see Germany).
Arrival by ship
Oslo, Larvik, Stavanger, Bergen, Kristiansand and Langesund are the main port cities.
Color Line (Kiel, Tel: (0431) 730 03 00. Internet: www.colorline.de) offers ferry connections from Kiel to Oslo, from Hirtshals (Denmark) to Kristiansand and Larvik and from Sandefjord to Strömstad (Sweden).
Stena Line (Kiel, Tel: 01805/91 66 66; Internet: www.stenaline.de) offers connections from Kiel via Gothenburg (Sweden) and Frederikshavn (Denmark) to Oslo.
Fjord Line (Internet: www.fjordline.com, Tel: 03821/709 72 10) offers connections from Hirtshals (Denmark) via Stavanger to Bergen and Langesund. Fjord Linealso connects Sandefjord in Norway with Strömstad in Sweden. The fast ferry Fjord Line Express from Fjord Line also takes you from Hirtshals to Kristiansand in southern Norway in just 2 hours 15 minutes (two or three times a day from mid-May to early September).
DFDS Seaways (Hamburg, Tel. (040) 38 90 30; Internet: www.dfdsseaways.de) sails from Copenhagen (Denmark) to Oslo. Cruise lines such as Princess Cruises and Cunard run to Norwegian ports.
Passenger tax: € 8.50 per departing passenger in Germany and to Asia.