Best time to go: May and September are the shoulder seasons. Peak season is June – July. For skiing, March is the best season.

Best for: Fjords and natural attractions, Northern Lights and Midnight Sun, Medieval Architecture.

Capital: Oslo (OSL)

Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK)

Language: Norwegian. English, Swedish and Danish are widely spoken.

Dialling code from SA: +47

Time Zone: GMT / UTC +1 (1 hour behind South Africa)

Daylight Savings Time: from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October: UTC / GMT +2 (same time as South Africa)

Side of the Road: Right

Plugs: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. European round two-pin plugs are standard

Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. Avoid drinking from streams and rivers.

Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it.

Customs: Normal social courtesies. Punctuality is expected. Lunch and Dinner tend to be eaten early. Norway is an egalitarian society, and do not flaunt their wealth or achievements.

Local Offences / Laws: Smoking is prohibited in public places.

Duty Free: The following items can be imported into Norway without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco products and 200 leaves of cigarette paper.
• Either 1L of spirits over 22% volume and 1.5L of alcoholic drinks over 4.7% volume but less than 22% volume, or 3L of alcoholic drinks less than 22% volume; and 2L of beer up to 4.7% volume.
• Other goods to the value of Kr6,000 (if out of Norway for more than 24 hours) or Kr3,000 (if out of Norway for less than 24 hours).
• 10kg of meat and meat products, cheese and foodstuffs (except dog and cat food). You must be over 18 years old to import tobacco and alcohol. You must be over 20 years old to import spirits over 22% volume.

Prohibited Imports: The following items are prohibited without special permission: drugs and medicines (other than prescription medication), spirits over 60% volume, weapons and ammunition, fireworks, potatoes, meat and dairy products from outside the EEA, mammals, birds and exotic animals, and plants and their parts.

Prohibited Exports: Endangered species or eggs of endangered species, antiques (except with a permit), or more than 15kg of fish.

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