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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
Make sure you have your citizen’s card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.
Despite being at the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, Norway has a pleasant climate compared to these regions. Thanks to the Gulf stream and hot air currents, Norway has a more temperate climate. The colder areas in winter are more inland or far to the north.
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Geography and Politics
Norway borders Sweden to the east and Finland to Russia to the north. It is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy.
Tips and Payment
The currency of the country is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). It is not mandatory to leave a tip since the bill in restaurants comes already with a service charge, but if you are satisfied with the service it is usual practice to leave a little extra.
Language and expressions to memorize
The official languages are 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" = hi; "Vær så snill" = please; "Takk" = thank you.
What to do
Be punctual for any commitment, as a sign of respect. Although Norwegian culture does not require long-standing personal relationships to do business, it is important to convey trust and sincerity.
What not to do
Avoid talking about business at social events - the Norwegians separate personal life from professional life. Do not overdo it in terms of physical proximity, the Norwegians like to keep some distance, and physical contact is quite limited.
What to wear
Choose a formal and conservative style, although certain industries may be more informal. Men should wear suits and women suits or a dress. When in doubt, always ask what is expected if you are invited to a social event outside the office.
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 show your appreciation. It is considered normal for the Norwegians to introduce themselves only with their first name, but in certain circumstances they may use the titles "Herr" (Mr.) or "Fru” (Ms.) together with the surname. Norwegians are people of a humble, sincere nature and they believe in an egalitarian culture.