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Driving and Public Transportation

Norway - Driving and Public Transportation

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EEA nationals are allowed to drive in Norway on the driving licence issued in their home country, for the period of its validity, but also have the option of exchanging their licence for a Norwegian one. The nationals of many other countries are allowed to use their own licence for up to a year, after which time they are required to apply for a Norwegian licence and will be required to take a test. For those who are not permanent residents of Norway, the Norwegian licence they are given will be valid for an initial four years.

Driving is on the right hand side of the road in Norway. Outside the city centres, traffic is often very light. Major and secondary roads are generally of a high standard, but some smaller rural roads may not be well-maintained, and can be dangerous in icy conditions. The road system is linked by many car ferries across the fjords. Tolls are payable on some roads.

It is compulsory under law to wear seat belts in the front seats of cars, and in the back seats where fitted. Dipped headlights are required at all times, even in daylight. The maximum blood/alcohol ratio is 0.5% and there are severe penalties for drink driving. The speed limits are 80 to 90 kph (around 50-60 mph) outside built-up areas and 50 kpm (around 30 mph) in built-up areas.

Domestic air travel is used a lot in Norway, due to the vast distances between cities and the icy conditions for much of the year. There are three main domestic airlines: SAS, Braathens and Widerøe Norsk Air, which serve around 50 airports throughout the country. Many discounted fares are available.

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