General information

About Oslo

For general information about Oslo, please visit the official travel guide to Oslo.


The official language in Norway is Norwegian. English is widely understood, and is the official language of the conference.

Opening hours

Shops are generally open during the week from Monday through Friday from 09.00-18.00, with slightly shorter hours on Saturday. A few shops are open on Sundays as well. Museums are normally closed on Mondays.

All shops, shopping centres and most museums are closed Friday 17 May , the National Day. They are are also closed Monday 20 May , the Second Pentecost Day is a holyday in Norway.


Temperatures around 12-15 degrees Celsius can be expected midday in May, cooler at night. Local weather forecast.


Norway is a high-cost country, and visitors from abroad find drinks and food expensive. Accommodation costs are comparable to what you find in other European cities.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard/Eurocard, Diners and American Express are widely accepted in shops and restaurants.


ATM`s /cash machines (Mini Bank) can be found outside most banks, at the airport and at most train stations as well as at many kiosks as Narvesen and 7-Eleven. Check with your home bank for service charges before leaving.


Norway uses Norwegian kroner, NOK. As for the denominations of the currency, there are 1000 NOK, 500 NOK, 200 NOK, 100 NOK and 50 NOK notes, and 20 NOK, 10 NOK, 5 NOK and 1 NOK coins.

Currency exchange

Currency exchange may be done in all banks and post offices in Oslo. Opening hours for most banks are 08.30-15.30 Monday through Friday. Most post offices are open 09.00-17.00 Monday through Friday and 09.00-13.00 on Saturdays. You can also exchange money at The Tourist Information by the City Hall, The Tourist Information at Trafikanten and FOREX.

Local transportation

Ruter# provides the public with real time travel information for the public transportation system in and around Oslo. They cover bus, tram, metro, boat and local railway lines. You can reach Ruter# customer service centre by calling (+47) 177.

Janne Reitan Published: Updated: