"Smoking tobacco, or even importing tobacco is completely illegal under the Communist government of Norway"
I don't know who wrote this, but this is absolute nonsense. Smoking is banned in all public places, but you are allowed to smoke outside and in private homes.
There is no Wikitravel:CIA World Factbook 2002 import for Norway because the page existed before the factbook import began.
This line makes no sense. Free everything = low unemployement?
Politically, it is dominated by a widespread and continued support for the Scandinavian model, which means high taxes and high government spending to support free schools, free healthcare, an efficient welfare system, and many other benefits. As a result the unemployment rate in Norway is low.
(The following is true for Norwegian citizens and people in the country for longer than six months - for example, exchange students. If you are here for less than six months, I'm not sure what applies.): That statement (health care not being free) is misleading - you pay a fee for the doctor, who has the option of giving you a ('blue') prescription for medicine, which means you pay a highly discounted price at the pharmacy. You may also get a 'white' prescription, which means you pay full price. This seems to depend on the medicine, ie. whether the government has it listed as a 'normal', in-stock medicine, or something which will be ordered from another country, as well as on the doctor - I'm not sure how he decides and how much lee-way he has in making his own decision. You also only pay for doctor's consultations and certain prescriptions up to an amount (around 1800Nok in 2010) for the year, after which you show your 'free card' (in the past you had to apply for this, you now get it automatically), and don't pay anything. I assume that this includes hospitalization. However, it EXCLUDES dentistry (everyone will tell you this is expensive in N) and things like physiotherapy (physiotherapy has a separate "free card", which applies after you have paid around 2500Nok for physiotherapy in the year.) "Free cards" expire at the end of the calendar year. I'm not sure whether going on exchange is 'officially' considered travel (to us students it is!), so I'll leave this in the discussion.
I reduced the list to 9 per our current policy, but if it's not the perfect 9, feel free to swap some out for others - but please don't exceed 9 total cities.
For reference, I removed:
I have made changes to the list of cities. The list contained 12 cities before I reduced it. If you don't like my selection bring up the discussion here! ViMy 18:13, 25 September 2009 (EDT)
I agree that Drammen should be removed. Although not as bad as its reputation, neither is it really particularly interesting. --Oddeivind 14:18, 5 September 2011 (EDT)
I have removed this line from the article:
Could anyone tell me, why it's not a good idea to hitchhike out of the airport? Jo.
It's not a bad idea, but its likely to take time. You'll be likely to see friendly, waving faces passing you by for a couple of hours. If you have to, it pays off to be upfront asking people on their way to the parking lot --Jonhov 08:24, 8 July 2008 (EDT)Jon
This section was rather messy with pieces of info here and there. I tried to put the main info on top and evaluations and opinions in the end. Hope this was okay.--Jonhov 09:08, 8 July 2008 (EDT)
The following senence is in my opinion wrong:
On board the ferry are a number of restaurants, bars, casinos, cinemas and also a stage show to keep you entertained during the journey.
There are no casinos on these ship, that would be ilegall in Norway. As far as I know there are no stage show either. Unless someone protest I think this sentences should be changed. I guess that the person writing this confuses Hurtigruten with ordinary cruiseships. ViMy 19:13, 17 January 2009 (EST)
I swapped out Svartisen for Jostedalsbreen. Since we have no aticle for Svartisen, but we have for Jostedalsbreen. Also Jostedalsbreen is the bigest glacier in Norway. And is more known than Svartisen. ViMy 17:14, 20 March 2009 (EDT)
AutoPass RFID box
Can somebody add some more information (or a hyperlink to more information) about the mentioned "AutoPass RFID box" ?
Respect: real life experience?
The paragraph about 'Respect' starts with: "Norwegians are generally sincere and polite, though small talk often doesn't come easy – it's usually up to you to break the ice (sometimes literally)."
How many people have experienced this themselves? I'm wondering wheter this is just a cliché, as my experience is quite the contrary: Many Norwegians like talking to strangers, are interested in travellers, small talk happens all the time. Same for several other travellers I met in Norway. Maybe there is a difference between regular travellers and people who travel in a sporty way, e.g. hiking, cycling, skiing or by kajak.
So, does anyone have personal, real-life experience with this? 188.8.131.52 04:47, 24 August 2009 (EDT)
I have tried to balance the comments biased in favour of whaling ("don't mention it or you'll make people cross") with a comment in favour of whales. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 184.108.40.206 (talk • contribs)
The "respect" part is waaaaay to long...
... and it also contains a lot of really weird stuff, like e.g attitudes to women who were with nazis after the second world war. Come on! This is ancient history and not something that travellers nee to worry about. Most people are to young to remember the war anyway, and Germans are treated as any other nationality. The Second World War is definitely not a sensitive issue.
Another thing, "saying thank you for almost anything". I doubt that there is any difference from other European countries here. I have travelled in many other countries and have not experienced any big difference in this area.
About being patriotic, I doubt Norwegians are more patriotic than others. This is POV.
About whaling, I dont think most people have strong opinions either way.
About racist and sexist jokes, I guess this would vary a lot with who you are talking to. I added some info here that men should be aware that many women might be offended if a man insist on paying for them even after they first have said that they want to pay for themselves. To continue insisting on paying might be considered disrespectful and sexist.
About removing your shoes, I guess this would vary a lot from person to person. I dont think this is something particular for Norway and many culures would emphazise it more, like e.g. East Asians (personal experience, once I forgot to remove my sandals).
The info on economy was wrong, and I changed it, a persons income is considered a public, not a private issue.
About nationality, one cannot say in general that Norwegians would dislike being called Swedes or Danes, many people consider Scandinavians to be the same ethnic group, particularly Norwegians and Swedes.
About the comment "Norwegians are very proud of being "the best winter sport nation in the world": Not all people are interested in watching winter-sports (or sports in general). This comment definitely needs a reference! --Oddeivind 05:57, 28 February 2011 (EST)
Get in entry requirements
In case anyone wants to know the source of my edits to include information about the visa exemption for 'Annex II' nationals to work during their 90 day visa-free entry, see this European Union document - . Yeahtravel 09:37, 31 May 2011 (EDT)
Minimum validity of travel documents
The source of information for my edit is here - http://www.udi.no/Global/upload/Publikasjoner/FaktaArk/Faktaark_Visum_Visa-EN.pdf
According to which - 'You need a valid passport to be able to enter Norway.' however, if a visitor requires a visa to enter Norway, 'The passport must be valid for at least 90 days after the period for which the visa is granted'. Jakeseems 05:30, 6 August 2011 (EDT)
Pharmacies and grocery stores
I was intrigued to learn from this article that Norway has a high density of pharmacies. My experience was the exact opposite. Granted, I haven't been there in 10 years so hopefully my information is simply outdated. But if it isn't, may I offer some advice for visitors: stores tend to be highly specialized, so don't expect grocery stores to carry anything other than your basic groceries... no OTC meds or even contact lens solution. You'll have to find a pharmacy and an optometrist for those things. No in-store banking services. Rarely even cards and flowers. For guaranteed fresh-baked goods, find a baker. The baked goods you'll find in a grocery store MAY have been delivered that same day -- and it may have been delivered several days ago, depending on how far into the countryside you are.
Anyone with more current knowledge, please evaluate. Thanks!