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SHORT SUMMARY: Diplomatic relations between Ireland and Norway was established 17th February 1950 when the Norwegian Ambassador in London, H.E. C. Prebensen, was also accredited as Ambassador to Ireland.

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Norway's Diplomatic relations with Ireland
Diplomatic relations between Ireland and Norway was established 17th February 1950 when the Norwegian Ambassador in London, H.E. C. Prebensen, was also accredited as Ambassador to Ireland.

The Norwegian Embassy in Dublin was established in 1983 and the first years headed by a Chargé d'Affaires. The first Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland was appointed in 1987.

Norway has honorary consulates in Cork and Galway.

The Irish Embassy in Norway was established in 2001. Before that the Irish Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark, was accredited to Norway.

The Irish Embassy in Norway, Find its website here:
Embassy of Ireland, Norway

Do you know travel restrictions for Travel between Ireland & Norway? All in the website here.

Below are details from the Department of Foreign Affairs Ireland - advice on travel and moving to Norway.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends that comprehensive travel insurance, including medical insurance, is obtained before travelling to Norway. Travellers should note that the Irish government does not provide funds for emergency medical repatriation or for repatriation of remains.

Travellers should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) free of charge.  EHIC card holders are entitled to emergency medical treatment.  This card is NOT a substitute for travel insurance. See http://www.ehic.ie/.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A valid Irish passport is required to enter Norway.  Irish passport holders do not require a visa.

It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

SECURITY

As in other parts of Europe, the Norwegian government is fully aware of the threat of international terrorism and is taking measures to combat this threat.  Norway has generally a high level of security, especially in government buildings. 

CRIME

Norway has a moderate level of crime.  You should take normal, sensible precautions to avoid mugging, bag-snatching and pick-pocketing.

ROAD SAFETY

There is a need for special care when driving in Norway, especially in winter, when narrow roads in rural or suburban areas may be hazardous and impassable. Distances between towns are very long in some parts of the country and driving often takes longer than anticipated.

Winter tires are mandatory from approximately 1 November to 15 April. Throughout the year, headlights should be kept on at all times when driving. Drink driving limits and speed limits are stricter than Ireland and rigorously enforced.  Penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are severe.  Roadside checks for alcohol are frequent, and submission to a breathalyser test is mandatory.  The drink driving limit is 0.20 pro ml.

HEALTH

Visiting in Summer

Insect repellent is recommended in summer months for visits to forests, lakes or mountainous regions.  Local advice on weather conditions and suitable specialist equipment should be sought before going off the beaten track.

Visiting in Winter

The winter is long in Norway (it can last well into April) and temperatures can drop to well below freezing point. Travellers in winter should bring warm clothes and practical footwear to cope with icy roads and pavements. Special clamp-on shoe grips to give extra security in icy conditions can be bought locally.  Local advice on weather conditions and specialised equipment should be sought before undertaking any outdoor activities.

ILLEGAL DRUGS

Travellers to Norway are advised of the need to avoid drugs of any kind.  A number of foreign tourists have been arrested in recent months in possession of khat, a substance illegal in Norway and Ireland but legal in some other European countries.  Possession of even small quantities of any drug is strictly prohibited and laws are strictly enforced.

CASH/BANKING

Norway is very expensive.  Travellers should ensure they have access to adequate funds especially if intending to eat and drink in restaurants and bars.  Cash points are widely available.  Travellers should be aware that foreign credit cards are generally not accepted as a means of payment in Norwegian supermarkets and petrol stations.  The currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK).

DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR MISSIONS IN NORWAY 

 
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