From precipitous glaciers to steep-sided gorges and crystalline fjords, Norway’s natural beauty is impossible to overstate. The unspoilt wilderness of the Arctic north is one of the few places where the sun shines at midnight during the summer and where the magnificent Northern Lights brighten the skies during the long winter nights.
At a glance
Population : 5,207,689
Area : 323,802 sq km
Dialing code: +47
ISO code: NOR
Currency: Norwegian krone
Official languages: Norwegian, Bokmål, Nynorsk
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Ålesund, Northern Lights, Pulpit Rock, Svalbard, Bergen, Bergen funicular, Coastal voyage, Folk culture, Fredrikstad, Glacier hike, Hardanger Fjord, Historic Oslo, Ibsen’s birthplace, Lakeside cabin, See the Saltstraumen, See one of Norway’s 28 surviving wooden medieval stave churches, Take a ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ tour from Bergen, Røros, Saint Olav Festival, Sami culture, Skiing and snowboarding, Tromsø brewery, Trondheim, Vøringsfossen waterfall
Money and Costs
Norwegian Krone (NOK; symbol Kr) = 100 øre. Notes are in denominations of Kr1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50
1 AED =2.16 Kr
In 2008, Norway knighted a penguin.
Boxing on TV was banned up until the late eighties
Prostitution is illegal, but being a prostitute is not
Norwegian Prime Minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik went off on sick leave because he felt the media treated him too harshly.
Most Norwegians think it is odd when someone start talking or smiling to them on the bus
Norwegians love frozen pizza.
Best time to go
Low Season (Oct–Apr)
Can be bitterly cold. Many attractions are closed. March is considered high season in Svalbard. Accommodation prices high, except on weekends.
Shoulder (May–mid-Jun & mid-Aug–Sep)
A good time to travel, with generally mild, clear weather and fewer crowds. Accommodation prices can be high, except on weekends. Book accommodation well ahead for festivals.
High Season (mid-Jun–mid-Aug)
Accommodation and transport often booked out in advance. Accommodation prices at their lowest (except in Lofoten). No guarantees with the weather – can be warm and sunny or cool and rainy.
Stavanger Vinfest (April)
North Norway Festival (June)
Norwegian Wood (June)
Midnight Sun Marathon (June)
Ekstremsportveko (Extreme Sports Week) (July)
Riddu Riddu Festival (July)
Forde Folk Music Festival (July)
Norwegian International Film Festival (Aug)
Notodden Blues Festival (Aug)
The Royal Norwegian Consulate in Dubai :
Tecom C, Damac Executive Heights, Office number 2106, Tel : +971-4 382 3880
The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi :
Etihad Towers, West Courniche, Tower No. 3 Level 11, Tel : +971-240 38400
Website : www.norway.ae
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