Visiting

Business hours

Businesses are usually open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Some government offices may have different business hours.

Stores are generally open from 10.00am to 6.00pm, some several hours later on weekdays and generally from 10.00am to 4.00pm on weekends, though this varies between establishments.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year's Day
Epiphany in January
Maundy Thursday
Easter Monday
Good Friday
May 1 – Labour Day
Ascension in May
Pentecost
May 17 – Constitution Day
Whit Monday
All Saint’s Eve in November
December 24-26 – Christmas

Climate

Norway has warm, but short summers and moderate cold winters tempered by the Gulf Stream from the west. Although the summers, May to August, can be quite hot at times, it is always advisable to bring warm and waterproof clothes. Norwegians tend to dress casually, but for business meetings, elegant restaurants and social functions, formal dress is expected.

For weather details in Norway, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The official currency is the Norwegian krona (NOK).

Banks and Money

ATM machines are widespread and major credit cards are widely accepted, but be aware that non-chipped cards may not be accepted.

Time zones and time differences

Austria is eight hours in summer and 10 hours in winter behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To find out the current time in Oslo, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Norway's country code is +47.

For calls to Norway from Australia dial: 0011 + 47 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Norway to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Norway’s power supply is 230 volts, 50Hz C and F. The round two-prong plugs are the most common.

European round pin adaptors will work in Norway.

Tap water is safe to drink in Norway.

Links and resources

Norway is a popular tourist destination. For more information, Visit Norway.

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