I. Expenses. Money. Language. Passports. Post Office.
Expenses. For a tour in Norway and Sweden 20-25*. per day
ought to cover all outlays, but much less will suffice for those who
make a prolonged stay at one or more resting-places, or for pedes¬
trians in the less frequented districts.
Money. The three Scandinavian kingdoms have the same cur¬
rency. The crown (krone; Swed. krona), worth Is. ll/$d., is divided
into 100 ere (Swed. ore; see money-table before the title-page).
These coins are current in the three countries, but banknotes usu¬
ally in their own kingdom only. British sovereigns generally realize
18 kr. in the large towns, but the exchange is often a few ere
below par. Large sums are best carried in the form of circular notes
or letters of credit, as issued by the chief British and American
banks. The traveller should be well supplied with small notes and
coins (smaa Penge), as it is often difficult in the remoter districts
to get change for gold or larger notes.
Language. English is spoken on board most of the Norwegian
steamboats and at the chief resorts of travellers, both in Norway
andSweden, but in country-districts the vernacular alone is under¬
stood. Danish, as pronounced in Norway (analogous to English
spoken with a broad Scottish accent), is the more useful of the two
languages, as most travellers devote more time to Norway than to
Sweden, and as it is readily understood in Sweden. (See gram¬
mars and vocabularies at the end of this volume.)
Passports are unnecessary, except for obtaining delivery of re¬
The Custom House Examination is lenient. The duty on cigars
is 6 kr. per kilogram (2^5 lbs.), on spirits 2 kr. 40 e. per litre;
but a kilogram of the former or an unsealed bottle of the latter
Post Office. The postage of a letter weighing 1 oz. is 20 ere,
and of a post-card (Breflcort, Brevkort) 10 e., within the Postal Union;
of a letter 10 e., of a post-card 5 e., within Norway, Sweden, and
Denmark. It is not advisable to give any poste restante address
other than steamboat or railway stations, as the postal service to
places off the beaten track is slow.
Telegraph Offices abound.
Norwegian Taeifp. Within Norway: 50 0. for ten words, and 5 0.
for each word more. — Foreign telegrams (minimum 80 0.): to Sweden
30 0., plus 10 0. for each word; to Denmark 50 0., plus 10 0. for each word;
to Great Britain 26 0. peT word; to the U.S.A. 1 kr. 35 0. to 2 kr. 5 0.