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About

Inner Habour of Aalesund

  • Norway is one of the three Scandinavian countries.
  • It is located in Northern Europe on the western and northern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula.
  • It stretches from the North Sea near Denmark and Scotland, to the Arctic Ocean, bordering northern Finland and northwestern Russia.
  • Norway is known for its scenery of fjords, mountains and waterfalls.
  • The majority of Norway is rocky land which results in completely unpopulated areas, many of which are now national parks.
  • Norway’s highest point is Galdhøpiggen, 2,469 m (8,100ft), which is away from the coast and between Oslo and Trondheim.
  • In the western fjords and mountain regions of Norway lie the world’s greatest waterfalls.
  • Norway has only a population of 4.9 million people and a land area of 385,802 km2.

 

HISTORY

  • Viking kingdoms were unified in 872 AD by Harald Hairfair. Following 872 AD Norwegians settled in places such as Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Scotland and Ireland.
  • At the beginning of the 14th Century Norway and Sweden were unified. At the end of the century they also united with Denmark which resulted in the Kalmar Union.
  • In 1952 Sweden broke out of the union which left only Norway and Denmark until 1814 where Norway then left Denmark and reunited with Sweden once again, which allowed Norway to keep its independence.
  • The beginning of modern Norway happened in 1905 where it broke away from its union with Sweden.


FACTS

    • When it comes to population, Norway ranks 28th in the country of Europe. However, in terms of land mass, it is the sixth largest.
    • The official language of Norway is Norwegian. Sámi is also an official language in some districts.
    • Bays and fjords stretch over 20,000 kilometers over the coastline of Norway.
    • “Path to the North” is believed to be what the name Norway means.
    • Mjosa is the largest lake in the country and Galdhopiggen (2,469 m) is the highest mountain in Norway.
    • Located in Norway is the largest glacier in Northern Europe, the Jostedalsbreen.
    • Norway converted to Christianity in 995, but before that Pagan Gods like Odin and Thor were worshiped.
    • In the 19th century hundreds of thousands of Norwegians migrated to the USA.
    • Norway is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and also rated the most peaceful.

Avg. Costs

Fjords in Norway

  • You will need roughly 2000 NKR/day for good hotels and restaurants and to allow a comfortable lifestyle. Under 500 NKR/day will not be easy to live on, even if you’re staying in hostels.
  • Fast food meals cost roughly 50 NKR and upwards per person.
  • Expensive restaurants meals are roughly 200-300 NKR per person.
  • Small bottle of beer is 50 NKR. 500ml of beer in a pub/restaurant is roughly 60 NKR and in the supermarket it will cost you 25 NKR. Glass of wine in a restaurant is roughly 60 NKR.
  • Cigarettes cost about 90 NKR for a pack of 20, and a bottle of 500 ml Coke will usually cost 15 NKR
  • A large Big Mac meal costs 90 NKR
  • 1 litre of milk will cost around 10 NKR
  • 1 kg apples costs 25 NKR
  • 6 eggs costs 15 NKR
  • 1 kg cheese costs 70 NKR
  • Monthly groceries and household items for family of four 9,000 NKR

 

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Safety

Royal Guards at the Royal Palace in Oslo

  • Pick pocketing, bicycle theft, and car break-ins are the common crimes in Norway.
  • Always look after your belongings.
  • You can not bribe police or other authorities, this is not advised.
  • Most accidents in Norway are caused my nature; waterfalls, mountains and the sea. Be aware around these areas and make sure you have proper training and equipment.
  • Wild animals in Norway consist of moose, small red deer, wolves and about 50 brown bears.
  • In some rural areas you may see goats, sheep, reindeer or cows sleeping or walking on the road. Precautions and specific rules apply to Svalbard.
  • Sudden changes in the weather occur, be aware and prepared when skiing or walking. You won’t see warning signs or fences even in the most dangerous of places.
  • When skiing stay in marked slopes, avalanches are common.
  • While traveling across the mountain in winter, be prepared. Always keep food, drinks, warm clothes, a full tank of gas, and make sure your tires are suited to the weather conditions.
  • Often the roads will be closed on short notice. If you need advice on road conditions call 175 in Norway or check online.
  • Always remember that not all roads have cellular phone coverage.
  • Police in Norway are known as the “politi”. They are the government authority in areas such as national security, crime, major accidents, missing persons, passport and immigration patrol and traffic patrol.
  • Municipal parking attendants are also found in most cities but have no authority other than fining and removing vehicles.

Emergency Numbers

  • Police: 112
  • Fire: 110
  • Emergency Medical Services: 113

 

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Climate

Summer Farm

  • Norway is warmer than expected due to the Gulf Stream.
  • Summer reaches a high of 30°C and winters can reach a low of -25°C. In the north the winters are dark and there is more snow, in the south and western coast on the other hand the winters are rainy and moderate.
  • Hours of daylight, driving conditions and temperature vary throughout the year depending on region and altitude.
  • North of the Arctic Circle has midnight sun and also has winter darkness, which means the sun does not rise at all.
  • Summer is generally from May to September and winter is from December to April.
  • May is usually when the snow starts to melt, which lets you take advantage of the waterfalls, but it also comes at a disadvantage for skiers due to mountain passes being closed.
  • Be aware of daylight changes throughout the year. Summer nights during June and July consist of only prolonged twilight.
  • The aurora borealis occurs in the darker months usually at high latitudes but occasionally further south.

Places to See

Vøringsfossen Waterfalls

Fløibanen

  • One of Norway’s most visited attractions a funicular known as Fløibanen located in Bergen, running up the mountain of Fløyen.
  • Opening in January of 1918, the length is 850m and the height difference is 300m, holding approximately 80 passengers.

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The Hardanger Fjord

  • It has a length of 179 km (111 miles), which is the second largest fjord in Norway and the third largest in the world.

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Nidarosdomen (Nidaros Cathedral)

  • Located in the city of Trondheim in Sør-Trøndelag country, Norway
  • Established in 1152, it was the cathedral of the Norwegian archdiocese, until its abolishment in 1537.
  • The cathedrals architecture is Gothic and Romanesque.

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Gamle Oslo (Old Oslo)

  • A borough of the city Olso, Norway
  • Consisting of large parks and landmarks known as the Botanical Gardens, the Edvard Munch Museum and a medieval park.

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Vøringsfossen Waterfall

  • Located in Eidfjord
  • It is 183 m (600 ft) high
  • It is the most visited waterfall in Norway
  • Located in the Sysendalen valley, the falls have a small river that runs into it named Bjoreia, which also has a hydroelectric dam to reduce water flow

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Etiquette

Communication Etiquette:
• Greetings are casual
– Firm handshake
– Direct eye contact
– Smile
• Shake hands when arriving and leaving
• Wait to until your Norwegian counter part moves to first names
– Titles are frequently used and is a sign of respect
• They use very little body language

Business Etiquette:
• Women are very respected in business
– Men are not viewed as more dominant in the business setting
• Norwegians do not need a long personal relationship in order to conduct business
– They prefer to do business with those they trust
• They are also very direct communicators during business
– They have an informal business style
– There will be a focus of individual interests
• Be sure to have well planned and researched presentations
– Shows your are serious about developing a business relationship
– Their communication relies on facts
• Do not rush someone it is not appreciated
• Appointments should be made as far as possible in advance
– By telephone or writing
– Punctuality is very important
• Decisions are made by everyone within the meeting
– These will take time because they must weight all the alternatives
• Maintain eye contact when speaking
– Do not interrupt others if they are speaking
• Avoid pressure sales tactics

Contributions (1)

  • kylep says...

    I would love to visit Norway!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 24th 2015 at 4:22 pm

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