Equality, freedom… and waffles. The foods, traditions and way of life here on the outskirts of Europe may sometimes seem peculiar. Hopefully you can learn a thing or two by reading here.
Quick facts about Norway
Official Name: Kingdom of Norway
Area: 385,178 km2
Population: 5,258,317 (2017)
Population per km2: 15 persons
Capital city: Oslo (approximately 634,293 inhabitants)
Language: Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk. In some districts, Sámi is also an official language).
Religion: Church of Norway (Evangelical Lutheran)
Currency: 1 Norwegian Krone = 100 øre
System of Government: Constitutional Monarchy
The electrical current in Norway is 230 Volts. Plugs are of the continental type, with two round prongs. American appliances require a transformer and a plug adapter for use in Norway. British plugs, with three prongs, will also require a plug adapter.
VAT and tax refunds
In Norway, VAT is included in the retail price and makes up to 20% of the price tag. Thousands of stores across the country offer visitors the opportunity to make use of the Tax Free Shopping service, which enables visitors to receive cash refunds of 12 – 19% when leaving the country. Some facts about tax free shopping:
1) The VAT rate in Norway is 25% on regular goods, which makes the VAT content 20%. For foods the rate is 11%.
2) The goods must be exported in unused condition within 1 month from purchasing date.
3) The Tax Refund Service is applicable to all EU residents provided they live outside Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
4) The minimum purchase amount is NOK 315 on regular goods, on foods NOK 280.
Norway is a young nation with a long history, especially as a maritime nation. In spite of being joined to Denmark for 400 years, Norway retained a strong cultural tradition of its own which, together with cultural impulses from abroad, produced its own unique diversity.
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Norway’s climate fluctuates greatly from place to place, especially in its most northern parts. The lowest minimum temperature recorded is -51°C in Karasjok in northern Norway. Due to the Gulfstream along the entire coastline, the temperatures are moderate and often can reach more than 20 degree in the summer.
Norway is noted for its excellent raw products, particularly fish. You can find smoked salmon, gravlaks (cured salmon) and trout in most restaurants, but you can also enjoy freshly caught white fish such as cod, monkfish, and halibut. Herring and shellfish are also very popular – try a bag of shrimps fresh from the fisherman’s boat and enjoy it on the quayside!
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