Safety and Security in Norway
Norway is quite a safe country with a relatively low rate of crime. Beware of pickpockets in the big cities and urban areas. Ask people about places better to avoid, especially if you are a girl alone at night. But maybe the greatest danger will come from the Nature. Beware of the snow, don’t walk on the ice unless you are with someone experienced and watch out for wild animals because they are a serious cause of car accident (you can even see boards saying “beware of polar bears”).
■ Emergency services
In case of emergency you can call 112 which is a dial-free and central phone number for emergency services and the police. 110 is for the firefighters and 113 for emergency medical services. Don’t worry, Norwegians are usually very proficient in English so you shouldn’t have difficulties to find an English speaking staff to assist you.
As for health insurance, temporary residents such as international students are not covered by the national health insurance policy so you will have to contract an insurance by yourself. For EU/EEA citizens, an E111 form covers for most medical care. For the others, you must contract your own insurance before entering the country.
■ Political situation
Norway is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system where the executive power is dependent on the direct or indirect support of the legislature (Stortinget). The King is the official head of state and the executive power is in the hands of the King’s council led by the Prime Minister.
■ Short trip
It is pretty easy to travel around in Norway. You can take buses, trains, ferries and boats.
It might be a good idea to do a cruise in Norway, because the country has beautiful lakes, waterfall and fjords. You can also try the Bergen train line, one of the most scenic line in the world. By the way, did you know that parts of the scene from the Harry Potter movies were shot in Norwegian trains?
If you want to rent a car, you will need a valid driving license from your home country. The bottom age to rent a car is 19. If you plan on staying in Norway longer than 3 months and want to drive, you must pass the Norwegian driving license.
There is much to see and much to do in Norway, especially if you are fond of Nature. The Bergen line offers a trail around Norway’s most beautiful spots.
Traveling agencies recommend the following destinations: Alesund, Tromso, Trondheim, Jotunheimen National Park, Svalbard, Oslo, Stavanger, Lofoten Islands, Bergen, the Western Fjords...
■ Mobile phone networks
As many other countries, Norway’s mobile phone operate on a GSM network. The main network providers are: Telenor Mobil (Telenor), NetCom GSM, Chess and Lycamobile.
The easiest and cheapest option might be to have a pay-as-you-go phone : if your phone is compatible, you can buy prepaid simcards. The other option is to take a contract with one of the providers in Norway, but it might be more expensive.