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The capital of Norway looks strategically located to be even more irresistible. Mirrored by the river Akerselva, it stands between a fjord, the hills and the forest. Book a flight to Oslo.

Founded almost 1000 years ago, the city reflects the history of the vikings, Edvard Munch and the country’s dynasties.

Look for treasures

You’ll find great hotspots such as the Royal Palace and the National Gallery in the city centre. The Viking Ship Museum is a must see — the preserved boats in display are considered national treasures. Just like the 212 sculptures of the original Vigeland Park. And you can’t miss the medieval fortress and castle of Akershus.

From ski to the fjord

Visiting Oslo equals doing the boat tour, from where you can breathe the fresh air and enjoy the fjord. Then there’s the city’s great celebrity, Edvard Munch, to discover at the Munchmuseet. And before heading to the trendy Grünerløkka area, how about an adrenaline rush at Holmenkollen Ski Jump? It’s one of Oslo’s most popular attractions.

Culture and Business

On a business trip, knowing the culture and customs of the country you are visiting can have a big impact on the success of your business.

Before leaving

Make sure you have your identity card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, take care of your visa or other necessary documentation ahead of time.

Climate

Despite being at the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, Norway has a pleasant climate compared to these countries. Thanks to the Gulf current and hot air currents, Norway has a more temperate climate, and the cooler areas in the winter are more inland or far to the north.

Time zone

GMT + 1

Geography & politics

Norway borders Sweden to the east and Finland and Russia to the north. It is a constitutional monarchy, with a parliamentary democracy.

Tipping & paying

The currency of the country is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). It is not mandatory to leave a tip since in restaurants the bill comes already with a service charge, but if you are satisfied with the service it is normal to leave something extra.

Languages & useful phrases

The official languages is Norwegian (bokmål and nynorsk), which is used as the main language by about 95% of the population, as well as Sami and Kven. However, most of the population also speak English, so do not worry. In Norwegian, "Hallo" = hello; "Vær så snill" = please; "Takk" = thank you.

What you should do

Be punctual for any commitment, as a sign of respect. Although Norwegian culture does not require long-standing personal relationships to handle business, it is important to convey trust and sincerity.

What you shouldn’t do

Avoid talking about business at social events - the Norwegians separate personal life from the professional. Do not overdo it in physical proximity, the Norwegians like to keep some distance, and physical contact is reduced.

What to wear

Choose a formal and conservative style, even though certain business areas may be more informal. Men should wear suit and tie and women should wear suit and tie or dress. When in doubt, always ask what is expected if you are invited to a social event outside the office.

First impressions

When meeting someone for the first time, greet him or her with a handshake. If you are invited to someone's house, bring a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers to thank them. It is normal for the Norwegians to introduce themselves only by the first name, but in certain circumstances they can use the titles "Herr" (Mr.) or "Fru" (Mrs.) together with the nickname. The Norwegians are people of a humble, sincere nature and believe in an egalitarian culture.