Many Norwegians understand English, but Norwegian is the official language.

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Norway’s official currency is the Norwegian krone, which is broken down into 100 ore. Most of the larger establishments accept major credit cards and traveler’s checks. Supermarkets and gas stations usually don’t accept credit cards. You can exchange cash and traveler’s checks at banks and post offices, although many hotels and travel agents can also exchange money, but often at a lower rate. There are ATMs in all the cities and towns.

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Norway’s international country code is 47. To call another country from Norway, dial 00 followed by the appropriate country code. You can find Internet cafes almost anywhere.

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Most hotels and restaurants add a 10 to 15 percent service charge to the bill. It’s only customary to tip if service is exceptional, often an extra 5 to 10 percent tip for waiters. Round up taxi fares to the nearest five to 10 krone.

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Norway is very safe, but it’s always a good idea to watch your surroundings and use common sense to avoid petty theft.

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Norway’s standard of healthcare is very high, but check with locals before eating certain types of fish from the lakes and fjords or mussels from the coast. Make sure you’re covered by health insurance.

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Norway’s electrical current is 220 volts, 5oHz and uses round, two-pinned plugs.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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