Norway

Norway

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The Kingdom of Norway is located on the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe, west of Sweden. The country borders the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Norway's population is approximately 4.6 million people, and the country is one of the most sparsely populated in Europe.

The government of Norway is a constitutional hereditary monarchy. A king is the chief of state. A prime minister is the head of government.

Norway enjoys a high standard of living, with a welfare model of universal health care, social security system and subsidized higher education. Some of the challenges facing this country are rising immigration, the loss of Norway's cultural heritage, and financing the welfare system.

Norway is one of the most scenic countries in the world, known for fjords, forests, mountains, and much of Norway is wilderness. Norway’s environment is embodied in its national parks that represent the country's desire to protect its environment as much as possible.

Currency NOK: Norwegian krone
Language Bokmal Norwegian and Nynorsk Norwegian.
Capital Oslo
Recent Alerts 1
Latest Alert September 11, 2017 - SAS Norway pilots threaten strike beginning September 14, 2017

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Norway. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis

There is a risk of TBE in some areas of Norway. The areas affected are along the southern coast: Aust-Agder: Risør Tvedestrand, Arendal, Grimstad and LillesandVest-Agder: Kristiansand, Søgne, Mandal, Lindesnes, Lyngdal, Farsund og FlekkefjordTelemark: Kragerø, Bamble, PorsgrunnVestfold: Larvik, Sandefjord. The transmission season varies, however, ticks are most active during early spring to late autumn (March to November).

Hepatitis A

There is a low risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country.

Hepatitis B

There is a low risk of exposure to hepatitis B for this country.

Rabies

Rabies may be present in bats in Norway.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Norway.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis Vaccine

This vaccine is recommended for travellers who plan to hike and camp in rural areas of Norway along the southern coast, including around Bergen. This vaccine is only available in Europe.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a low risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, however, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a low risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, however, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers whose activities or employment may bring them into direct contact with bats (i.e. adventure travellers, veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, etc.).

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Norway.

None required.

Safety and Security in Norway

Emergency Numbers

112
113
110

Personal Safety

The crime rate is low in this country, and most travellers have no safety or security problems. However, petty crime, such as pickpocketing, bag snatching, or other theft can occur in any crowded area or tourist destination. Keep valuables secured and out of sight.

Travellers planning on high-altitude mountaineering and ski trips should be aware that avalanches after snowfalls can occur and have resulted in deaths. Mountain rescue is usually not included in travel insurance. These travellers should acquire special insurance coverage and should hire a professional guide. Avoid hiking alone and do not leave established trails.

Drivers are required to use winter tires from 1 November to 15 April. When conditions are particularly icy, studded tires or snow chains may be needed.

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