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WHAT MEALS ARE COVERED IN THE CONFERENCE PASS?

During the event, breakfast, lunch and dinner is included from the 12th to the 14th of June. On the 15th breakfast and lunch is included. 


WHAT ABOUT ALLERGIES AND FOOD PREFERENCES?

If you have allergies, restrictions due to religious beliefs etc, alternatives will be offered. This has to be specified on beforehand, and you are encouraged to fill in information regarding this in the registration form.


HOW MUCH POCKET MONEY DO I NEED?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all three days of the event are included in your conference pass, in addition to one opening reception dinner and one gala dinner. In order to help you figure out how much pocket money you will need, we have listed the prices of some common products you are likely to buy while in Norway. Please remark that some prices may vary depending on where you purchase the item.   

Postcards: $2-$3, pen/notebook: $3/$4, soda: $2, coffee/tea: $4, snacks: $2-$5.50, baguettes: $7-$9, 0.5 L beer on a pub: $12, cigarettes: $15.5

 
CLOTHING AND WEATHER

The weather in Trondheim is always subject to change. During the summer the weather is generally warm and appealing, although at times it can be a little wet and cold. Average temperatures in June is 16 °C / 63°F, but when the sun is out temperatures can rise up to 25 °C / 77 °F or we can have bad luck and experience temperatures as low as 9°C / 48°F. In other words, pack for everything. In Norway people dress very casually even in professional situations, but we expect people to dress smart and be well groomed.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

A rough guideline: A jacket that can take both wind and rain will probably come in handy. Scarf. A warm sweater. Long trousers/jeans. Shorts and t-shirts. Formal wear for the gala dinner and also something nice to wear the other nights. Warm socks can also be nice in case of cold weather. You will need something business casual for the conference and a suit/dress for the gala dinner.

TIME

Norway is +1 hour GMT. In June daylight saving time (DST) gives us the opportunity to enjoy sunny summer evenings by moving our clocks an hour forward in the spring.

MONEY

In Norway the currency is Norske kroner (NOK), and all cash payment will be in NOK. Exchange of currency will probably be easiest at the airport when you arrive, but the banks are also open Mon - Fri from 09.00 to 15.00. Major credit cards like Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted as payment, and there are many ATMs open 24/7 for cash withdrawal. Most of the ATMs also accept cards like Euro card, American Express and Diners Club as well as Visa and MasterCard. The easiest and probably cheapest way to get money is from the ATM as opposed to exchange currencies, but if you have to, the Euro, US dollars and British pounds are the easiest to exchange. Note that most stores, centers and public offices are closed on Sundays.

You can look up the currency conversion from NOK to your own currency at: http://www.xe.com

Norway is considered a very expensive country. ISES recommends all delegates buy necessities for your trip in your own country such as toiletries and stationery. The website below lists the average prices in NOK and you can compare it to your hometown. It could be a useful tool to create a budget for pocket money and possible further travels:

http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=Norway&city=Trondheim

SAFETY IN NORWAY

Norway is a very safe country. You might want to watch your cell phone or wallet if you are in a crowded bus or nightclub, but pick pocketing is not widespread. More often than not it is likely that people will try to return your wallet if they find it on the street. Most violence is related to alcohol and late nights during the weekend. But if you don’t bother people there is no reason to think that they will bother you. Walking alone at night is considered safe, but it is recommended to have someone to walk with.

VACCINES

In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Norway, although it is recommended that routine shots are up to date and that you are vaccinated against hepatitis B as a health precaution. Delegates from specific countries are required to show proof of vaccinations to enter Norway. Check with the Norwegian Embassy at your country to find out if you need this.

RELIGION

Norway is traditionally considered a Christian country, although it is no longer the official religion. Norwegians are considered open to all religions. On campus, where the conference will take place, there is a meditation and prayer room available and most hotels offer rooms for religious practice.

CULTURE

  • Polite and informal are words that describe how Norwegians interact. We greet each other with a smile and a firm handshake, and often introduce ourselves by first name only.
  • Norwegians like to be on time, and it is considered rude to be more than 5-10 minutes late for an appointment without giving notice.
  • Women and men are of equal status in Norway and must be accorded equal rights in all areas of society.
  • When it comes to smoking and alcohol, one needs to be 18 years old to purchase cigarettes or beer/wine and 20 to purchase liquor. Smoking is not allowed inside and drinking in public is prohibited. The fine for drinking in public is large so and will not be covered by ISES, so please do not drink in the streets/parks. At restaurants there are designated areas where one can sit and eat/drink outside.
  • All forms of narcotics are illegal in Norway. The use, purchase and smuggling of these are taken very seriously.

ELECTRICITY

220 volts AC (50 Hz) is the Norwegian standard.

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