Useful Words and Phrases in Norwegian

Norwegian for Travelers

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If you are an English speaker and you are heading to Norway for travel and have never been there, you might be relieved to know that English is widely spoken in Norway. Most every Norwegian can speak fluent English and tourism information is usually printed in English, too.

But, if you want to flatter some Norwegians with a modest attempt at a few words, check out the following common words you might want to use or need on your trip.

Before You Begin

Norwegian is a Germanic language and is closely related to Danish and Swedish. Written Norwegian is virtually identical to Danish. Swedes, Norwegians and the Danish understand each other easily. Norwegian is also related to Icelandic, German, Dutch, and English. 

Pronunciation Guide

When trying to pronounce words in Norwegian, some knowledge of a Scandinavian language is useful, while knowledge of German or Dutch can also be helpful in understanding written Norwegian. Compared to English, the vowels are different, however, most consonants are pronounced similar to English. Below are a few exceptions.

LetterPronunciation in English
A"a" sound in father
E"e" sound in bed
I"ea" sound in beat
U"oo" sound in food
Æ"a" sound in mad
Ø"u" sound in hurt
Å"a" sound in ball
J"y" sound in yes
Rrolled slightly more than English "r"
KJ, KI and KYsoft "k" sound without blocking the throat, air makes a sound as squeezes out
SJ, SKY, SKJ and SKI"sh" sound as in shop

Common Words and Greetings

Tolerance and kindness to each other are important values in the land of Norway where "Peace and Progress" is the motto of the country. Greetings can go a long way in the home of the Nobel Prize.

English Word/PhraseNorwegian Word/Phrase
YesJa
NoNei
Thank youTakk
Thank you very muchTusen takk
You're welcomeVær så god
PleaseVær så snill
Excuse meUnnskyld meg
HelloHallo
GoodbyeHa det
I do not understandJeg forstår ikke
How do you say this in NorwegianHvordan sier man dette på norsk?

Words for Getting Around Norway

Norway is a land of immense natural beauty that has 50 airports, eight of them are international. Once in the country, the public transportation system is a reliable way of seeing the country. You can also rent a car, but watch for moose along the road, especially in the mountains.

English Word/PhraseNorwegian Word/Phrase
Where is ...?Hvor er ...? 
How much is the fare?Hvor mye koster billetten?
One ticket to ..., pleaseEn billett til ..., takk
TrainTog
BusBuss
Norwegian Subway, UndergroundT-bane
AirportFlyplass
Train stationJernbanestasjon
Bus stationBusstasjon
Are there any vacancies for tonight?Er det noe ledig for i natt?
No vacanciesAlt opptatt

Spending Money in Norway

Handmade wool sweaters, troll dolls, painted wooden figurines, crystal, glassware, and leather and fur jackets are among Norway's most popular souvenirs. Prices can be high, but keep in mind that you may be entitled to a refund of the 25 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) when you leave the country. Keep an eye out for the “Tax Free” logo at souvenir stores.  

English Word/PhraseNorwegian Word/Phrase
How much does this cost?Hvor mye koster dette?
What is this?Hva er dette?
I'll buy itJeg kjøper det
I would like to buy ...Jeg vil gjerne ha ...
Do you have ...Har du ...
Do you accept credit cards?Tar dere kredittkort?
Oneen
Twoto
Threetre
Fourfire
Fivefem
Sixseks
Sevensju
Eightåtte
Nineni
Tenti

Tourist Essentials in Norway

Some get a chance to explore the pristine forests and fjords of Norway, but others never get past the capital city of Oslo. Know the words for facilities around Norway.

English Word/PhraseNorwegian Word/Phrase
Norwegian Tourist InformationTuristinformasjon
MuseumMuseum
BankBank
Police StationPolitistasjon
HospitalSykehus
Store, ShopButikk
RestaurantRestaurant
ChurchKirke
RestroomsToalett

Days of the Week

It can be helpful to know your days of the week especially if you are handling your flights and hotel booking, scheduling some guided tours, or amending your itinerary.

English Word/PhraseNorwegian Word/Phrase
MondayMandag
TuesdayTirsdag
WednesdayOnsdag
ThursdayTorsdag
FridayFredag
SaturdayLørdag
SundaySøndag
TodayI dag
YesterdayI går
TomorrowI morgen
DayDag
WeekUke
MonthMåned
YearÅr