Norway

With its vast natural parks overlooking Fjords, its lone fishing villages on the North Sea or its vibrant capital, the otherwise-cold Norway warmly welcomes tourists on its land. Norway also gives the chance to its lucky travelers to witness the magic of Northern lights in winter.

SAFETY INDEX

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SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip in Norway and be aware of all potential dangers.

Is Norway a Safe or Dangerous Country?

Norway is a very very safe country. It is ranked 9th on the ranking of world's safest countries. Here is some advice about general safety about the country. Scroll down to see specific advice on Oslo. The greatest danger in Norway comes from the harsh environmental conditions, especially during winter and in the Northern part of the country. Tourists die every year hiking in the mountains or on the sea because of a lack of experience or equipment. Waterfalls can be dangerous too, and the weather can go from sunny to a huge storm very quickly in summer. In Svalbard, Polar bears often attack, maim or kill incautious tourists: never go out alone. In case of emergency, call the 112 toll free number.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Norway is very safe country. It is ranked 9th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in Norway, especially Oslo and Bergen. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed. Take a look at the city maps to see the most frequent pickpockets locations.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Norway is an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Stay out of the dangerous zones shown on the map.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Oslo. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and official taxis are generally very safe in Norway.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

There can be some occasional natural hazards (geological, meteorological) in Norway.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Norway has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert since other countries in Europe have been targeted.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Norway is generally very safe for women travelers.

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Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Norway is the Nordic Kroner. Being a very wealthy country, it is also one of the most expensive in Europe, daily budgets go from 150$ to 250$.
Norway’s climate shows great variations, although it is milder than its latitude (same as Canada) would indicate. Still, winters are very cold so the best time to visit is around summer (June-August) although major cities can be visited year-long.
The main international airports are the ones in Olso, Bergen and Bodo. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.