The Kingdom of Norway is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is mainly known for its mighty fjords, beautiful cities, spectacular mountain ranges, rippling glaciers, and deep forests. Norway has repeatedly been ranked as the best country to live in as well as one of the happiest countries in the world. One of the reasons that cause the country to rank so high is its effective healthcare system. The quality of medical services, the level of comfort in the medical centers, and the skills of the medical professionals are very high and among the best in the world. In addition, there are no long waiting lists and the cost of treatments is around 20% lower than in the UK and Germany. These factors successfully attracted international medical tourists to receive medical treatments in the country. Orthopedics, ophthalmology, dentistry, and plastic surgery are some of the most sought after procedures by foreign tourists.
Popular Cities and Regions in Norway
Oslo, the capital of Norway, is the most popular tourist destination in the country. It is a beautiful small, cosmopolitan city filled with history and art, surrounded by the most spectacular landscapes. In this city, tourists can go to the National Gallery, visit the Akershus Fortress, check out the Vigeland Sculpture Park, see the Viking Ship Museum, and explore Nordmarka Wilderness Area. Besides Oslo, Bergen is also popular. Located near the mountains and fjords, this historic and beautifully decorated city is the perfect place for those who want to experience Norway’s nature. It is home to the Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Gamle Bergen, KODE, Rosenkrantz Tower, and Fløibanen Funicular.
Transport in Norway
Most international tourists arrive at Oslo Airport, which connects the city with 26 domestic and 155 international destinations around the globe. With more than 50 airports, each region in the country is accessible by plane. Domestic flights are inexpensive and useful for those who are short on time or want to reach the northernmost regions. The rail network is well-developed, and buses reach almost every corner of Norway. Inside cities, convenient public transportation is available. In bigger cities, for example, people can choose buses, trams, subways, ferries, and local trains. Taxis are available as well.
Visas in Norway
Norway is part of the Schengen Area, so those who wish to stay in the country short term need to apply for a Schengen visa, which allows foreigners to stay up to 90 days. Those who come from the visa-waiver countries, such as the US and the UK, do not need a visa to stay in the country for up to 90 days. However, those who plan to receive medical treatment for a period of more than 90 days need to apply for a residence permit in advance.
Weather in Norway
Summer (June – August) have warm temperatures, with an average of around 17°C to 18°C in Oslo. Fall (September – October) still has warm weather but is usually very rainy. Winter (November – April) can be bitterly cold due to the temperatures staying below freezing. Spring (May – June) brings warmer temperatures.
Local Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK) is the official currency. The conversion rate from 1 USD is around 9 NOK.
Money & Payments: ATM machines can be found in many parts of the country and credit cards are widely accepted for payments. Tipping is generally not expected but appreciated.
Local Language: there are two official languages in Norway: Norwegian and Sami. Norwegian is the most commonly spoke language in the country. About 90% of the population speak English as a second language.
Local Culture and Religion: Norway is a very secular country, with freedom of religion. Christianity is the largest religion. There are many people in the country who identify as Muslims. Judaism and Buddhism are also practiced by a small percentage of the population.
Public holidays: Christmas, Easter, National Day, and Constitution Day are some of the main Norwegian Holidays.