Norway is a European country located in the western portion of the Scandinavian peninsula. The territory of Norway is part of the Schengen Area and EU Sweden, EU Finland and non-EU Russia. A share of Norwegian territory is situated north of the Arctic Circle, where the Sun remains visible for 24 hours in the summer.
Norway has an extensive coastline cut by fjords – a characteristic that creates beautiful landscapes and boosts fishing activity. With an extremely prosperous economy, the country of Norway is a major producer of oil and natural gas. Fishing is another activity of extreme importance for the national economy, with emphasis on cod, anchovies and tuna. Industries are concentrated in the capital, Oslo, and in cities such as Bergen and Trondheim.
Norwegians enjoy an excellent quality of life, with one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world and all inhabitants above the age of 15 is literate.
Travel in Norway
In the early 20th century, when Roald Amundsen became the first man to conquer the South Pole, the newly independent Norway turned into a world-famous nation. Once Norway joined the Schengen Area, the tourism industry developed, and many non-EU travellers began to visit the country.
Norway’s capital, Oslo, is also one of the country’s top travel destinations. The city boasts a series of museums that highlight this long relationship between man and water, like the Museum of the Vikings and the Kon-Tiki Museum.
Alternatively, Bergen is an ideal starting point to explore the beautiful fjords of Sogn and Hardanger.
Among its parks, theatres and restaurants, Bergen also houses a heritage of humanity – Bryggen – a series of colourful wooden houses by the harbour.
As a part of the Schengen Agreement, Norway welcomes EU nationals without them applying for a visa. Similarly, travellers from countries like Canada enjoy a visa-free policy with Norway for short-term tourism or business trips.
Area: 324,220 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Krone (NOK)
Calling Code: +47
- Bokmal Norwegian
- Nynorsk Norwegian
ETIAS in Norway
Norway is part of the non-EU Schengen group of countries, together with Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Iceland. This means that while Norway abides by regulations established by the border-free Schengen Agreement, the country doesn’t share all laws and policies of other EU nations.
Norway signed the Schengen Treaty in 1996 in a movement that also involved Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland. Finally, in 2001 the border-less program began between the Scandinavian nations and the rest of the Schengen Member States.
Since then, the government of Norway has been an active player in the Schengen community. When Europe saw the outburst of terrorist attacks in 2015, Norway was one of the first countries to support the reformulation of the Schengen immigration policies. As a means to improve the safety of European citizens, the European Commission launched a proposal for the ETIAS – an online travel authorization system for identifying potential threats arriving into European soil.
Much like with the rest of the Schengen countries, the Norwegian government plans to introduce the ETIAS in 2021. The new entry/exit system will be directed at all non-EU countries enrolled in the visa-waiver program proposed by the Schengen Treaty, like Canada and New Zealand, for instance. Citizens of countries which aren’t visa-exempt won’t be eligible for an ETIAS and will have to apply for a specific Schengen Visa.
The ETIAS will consist of filling an online application, paying a processing fee and waiting for approval. The ETIAS form shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete, and a response will be provided within an average of 72 hours.
Canada and Norway
List of Canadian diplomatic offices in Norway
The Embassy of Canada in Oslo, Norway
Address: Wergelandsveien 7, PO Box 4076 AMB, N-0244 Oslo, Norway
Phone: +47 22 99 53 00
Fax: +47 22 99 53 01
Consulate of Canada in Stavanger, Norway
Address: Laberget 24, Hinna Park, N-4020 Stavanger, Norway
Phone: +47 51 82 29 00
List of Norwegian diplomatic offices in Canada
The Embassy of Norway in Ottawa, Canada
Address: 150 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1300, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1P1
Phone: 613-238-6571 / (+47) 23 95 28 00
Facts: Anne Kari H. Ovind – Ambassador
Consulate of Norway in Calgary, Canada
Address: 162 Royal Oak Point NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3G 5C6
Phone: (403) 208-2264
Fax: (403) 239-6133
Consulate of Norway in Edmonton, Canada
Address: 10160- 112 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2L6
Phone: (780) 440-2292
Consulate of Norway in Halifax, Canada
Address: 1525 Birmingham St. Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2J6
Phone: (902) 407 0412
Consulate of Norway in Quebec, Canada
Address: 500 Grande-Allée est 9ème étage, Québec, QC, G1R 2J7
Phone: (581) 742 6678
Consulate of Norway in Saskatchewan, Canada
Address: c/o Mera Group 195 – 10 Research Drive Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 7J7
Phone: (306) 790 9300
Consulate of Norway in Fredericton, Canada
Address: c/o Bob Jette 24 Briar Brook Place, P.O. Box 3360 Stn.B, Fredericton, NB E3A 3N1
Phone: (506) 453-9495
Consulate of Norway in St. John’s, Canada
Address: 277 Water Street – 4th floor, St. John’s, NL A1C 6L3
Phone: (709) 579-1811 ext. 6
Consulate of Norway in Toronto, Canada
Address: 2 Bloor Street West, Suite 2109, Toronto, ON M4W 3E2
Phone: 437 225 2233
Consulate of Norway in Vancouver, Canada
Address: 1480-1188 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Colombia, V6E 4A2
Phone: (604) 682-7977
Consulate of Norway in Victoria, Canada
Address: 2814 Arbutus Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8N 5X3
Phone: (250) 412-2828
Consulate of Norway in Winnipeg, Canada
Address: 111-132 Marrington Road, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5Y5
Phone: (204) 489-1626