First-time tourists who are unfamiliar with the nation usually plan a journey from city to city in Norway. Although Norway has many beautiful towns, the country’s primary draw is the land itself, the environment, landscapes, and wildness, as well as a variety of man-made attractions in rural areas, including road projects and cultural assets such as stave churches. In contrast to many other European nations, a vacation to Norway should preferably be organized based on the kinds of landscapes to see as well as a selection of towns. Norway is a large nation with vast distances and diverse terrain, and visitors should not underestimate the length of their journey.
Numbers, time and dates
A comma is used as the decimal separating symbol or radix in Norway. For example, “12,000” implies 12 (three decimal places), not 12 thousand, while “12 000” or “12.000” also means 12 thousand.
Norwegians, like many other nations, utilize the 12 hour clock system in speech and the 24 hour clock system in writing, print, signage, and schedules. Norwegians do not use the terms pm/am to denote whether it is morning or afternoon. In Norwegian, “half ten” (“halv ti”) indicates half past nine; avoid using this form while speaking to someone who does not speak English well.
Dates may be shortened in a variety of ways, but the sequence is always DAY-MONTH-YEAR, thus 12.7.08 or 12.07.08 is always 12 July 2008 (120708 and 12/7-08 are other popular but erroneous versions). Monday is the beginning day of the week, while Sunday is the last. Weekdays are frequently denoted in schedules by the numbers 1 (Mon) through 7 (Sat) (Sun). Norwegian calendars will also include the week numbers 1 through 53. Timetables for public transportation often include the acronym Dx67, which stands for “daily except Saturday and Sunday.”
Only the metric system is used in Norway. A Norwegian mile, or’mil,’ is equivalent to 10 kilometers. There is almost little understanding of Imperial or US measurements. Few Norwegians will be able to convert between Celsius (Centigrade) and Fahrenheit, and weather predictions will be in metric measurements. However, many contemporary mobile phones have conversion programs that may be used to learn about the metric system.
In Norway, there is no notion of ground floor (or “Erdgeschoss” in German), thus the entry level of a building is termed the first floor (“frste etasje” or marked zero, 0) as in the US. The levels are then tallied as 1, 2, 3, and so on.
When buying a home or a company in Norway, be sure that all legal papers (kjpekontrakt/takst) and maps (grensekart) are accurate. Inquire for information in the language you are most comfortable with. Check if the Estate Agent is NEF-registered.