NORWAY

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Country Description: Norway is a highly developed stable democracy with a modern economy.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: For information concerning entry requirements, travelers can contact the Royal Norwegian Embassy at 2720 34th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, tel: (202) 333-6000, or the nearest Norwegian consulate general in Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, or San Francisco.

Medical Facilities: Medical care is widely available. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. Travelers have found that in some cases, supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage has proved to be useful. Further information on health matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers hotline, tel: (404) 332-4559.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Norway has a relatively low crime rate. Most crimes involve the theft of personal property, e.g. residential burglary, auto theft, or vandalism to parked cars. Persons who appear affluent may become targets of pickpockets and purse snatchers, especially in certain parts of the Oslo area. Violent crime, however, remains the exception; weapons are almost never used by thieves or burglars. The loss or theft of a U.S. passport abroad should be reported immediately to the local police and to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. U.S. citizens can refer to the Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" for ways to promote a more trouble-free journey. The pamphlet is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect fines or jail sentences and subsequent deportation. Roadblocks for checks of drivers under the influence of alcohol are frequent, and submission to a breathalyzer test is mandatory. Stiff jail sentences for driving while intoxicated are routine.

Road Safety: Because of the mountainous terrain, most roads are narrow and winding. The northerly latitude can cause road conditions to vary greatly depending on weather and time of year.

Registration and Embassy Location: Americans who register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy can obtain updated information on travel and security in Norway. The U.S. Embassy in Oslo is located near the Royal Palace at Drammensveien 18; tel: (47) 22-44-85-50.

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