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Shopping in Norway


Norwegian cities and towns have a good selection of shops, with everything from large shopping centres to small exclusive boutiques.

Popular things to buy in Norway include knitted sweaters, gloves and mittens, pewter, silverware, porcelain, hand-painted wooden articles, goat and reindeer skins, furs, glassware, ceramics and speciality food.

VAT in Norway (MOMS in Norwegian) is 25 %. It is always included in hotel and restaurant bills, as well as in any other bill for services rendered, admission charges and in purchase prices. Partial VAT refunds can be claimed at the airport on departure.


Some bargains in Oslo can be found in the less specialised shops, particularly for general goods such as clothing. Popular items include knitted knitwear, pewter, ceramics and glassware, traditional knitwear and handmade reindeer skin boots.

The main shopping districts are in Frogner, which is the place for antiques, art galleries and food shops. Bogstadveien ( which runs between the Royal Palace and Karl Johansgate in the centre, boasts shops, market stalls and department stores of every conceivable description.

Aker Brygge, across the water from the Tourist Office at Vestbanen, is Olso’s first big shopping centre ( The biggest shopping mall is Oslo City (, on Stenersgata, near Oslo S station, while Paleet, Karl Johansgate 39-41, with its marble-lined atrium, is the most ostentatious. Good shops for crafts are Husfliden, Lille Grensen 7 (, with its huge selection of handmade goods, including knitwear, pewter, ceramics and national costume, or Norway Designs, Stortingsgate 28 (, which has the largest selection of work from Norwegian folk artists. The Oslo Sweater Shop, SAS Hotel at Tullinsgate 5, has one of the best selections of sweaters in the city, while William Schmidt, Karl Johansgate 41, has been specialising in sweaters and souvenirs since 1853.

There is an open-air market, Stortorvet, in the square of the same name, every day between 10am-4pm, selling general goods, such as clothing, souvenirs and flowers, and an indoor market offering antiques, handcrafts, jewellery and the like in Basarhallene, close to the cathedral.

Most shops are open 9am-5pm, Monday-Wednesday and Friday. Thursday is 9am-7pm, while closing time is generally at 3pm on Saturday. Shopping centres are open until 8pm on weekdays and 6pm on Saturday. Tax-free shopping is available at some 3,000 shops, although a minimum purchase of NOK310 is necessary to qualify.

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