Useful Nordic Tips

Time:

Nordic countries are the Central European Time Zone. Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). 


Post:

Post offices are located in all major communities in Nordic countries. Business hours are different for which country you visit.

 
Tipping:

The cost of service and VAT is included in all prices at restaurants, hotels, taxis, hairdressers, etc. Tipping is therefore not customary, but tips are still appreciated when offered.


Laundry:

Most hotels offer some laundry or dry-cleaning services for a fee. There are also coin-operated launderettes (self-service facilities) and dry cleaners in major Nordic towns and cities.


Water:

It is perfectly safe to drink cold water from the tap in Nordic countries.


Languages:

Yes, it is quite possible! Most Scandinavians speak several languages, and English is widely understood across northern Europe. German is also popular. It will help if you bring a dictionary with you. Or, you can simply refer to Danish Phrases and Swedish Phrases, listed under Language Help to prepare a little.


Internet/Wifi:

You can find wireless hotspots just about everywhere in the bigger cities or towns in Nordic countries (gas stations, city centres, cafés, shopping centres, hotels) though not all access is free. Most hotels also offer free internet access, and some may offer a computer with internet access for guest use.

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Practical Info

Visa to the Nordic Countries

Visa to the Nordic Countries

The Nordic countries are part of the Schengen agreement, which eliminate border passport control between Schengen countries in Europe.

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When to visit Nordic Countries

When to visit Nordic Countries

The weather in the Nordic countries varies much depending on the seasons. Denmark has a warmer climate than the other Nordic countries because the sea around Denmark is moderated by the warm Gulf Stream.

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What to Pack for the Nordic countries

What to Pack for the Nordic countries

Here you get some inspiration for what to pack for a visit to the Nordic countries.

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Safe and easy to travel in the Nordic countries

Safe and easy to travel in the Nordic countries

The Nordic Region is a very safe and pleasant region to travel to and around and is among one the safest in the world

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Tax free Nordic shopping

Tax free Nordic shopping

If you live outside the EU, you can reclaim the VAT you pay on goods you purchase in the Nordic countries.

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Tourist Offices in the Nordic Countries

Tourist Offices in the Nordic Countries

The Nordic countries have an extensive network of official tourist offices, where you can receive professional and friendly guidance and help planning your Nordic holiday.

Most tourist offices can assist with the booking of accommodation and experiences and all of them have a large selection of brochures and other sources of useful information. In general, their services are in English and German.

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Useful Nordic Tips

Useful Nordic Tips

Time: Nordic countries are the Central European Time Zone. Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). 
Post: Post offices are located in all major communities in Nordic countries. Business hours are different for which country you visit.  
Tipping: The cost of service and VAT is included in all prices at restaurants, hotels, taxis, hairdressers, etc. Tipping is therefore not customary, but tips are still appreciated when offered.
Laundry: Most hotels offer some laundry or dry-cleaning services for a fee. There are also coin-operated...

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Costs in the Nordic countries

Costs in the Nordic countries

It obviously depends on your lifestyle during your visit how much the trip will cost. It is true that Nordic countries have a high standard of living and that is reflected in many prices. It is important that you prepare with travel guides.

You will find many useful tips on where to go and what to do to make your money last longer.

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The special lights in the Nordic countries

The special lights in the Nordic countries

In the Nordic countries, you find two special natural phenomena - the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun

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