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Filming in Norway

Everything you need to know to have a great shoot in Norway

Why Norway?

Save money

Norwegian film productions are renowned for their small, efficient and flexible film teams working at top international level. The working environment regulations for the film industry permit long workdays for shooting, which means tighter (and more efficient) production schedules.

Save time

The infrastructure is very good, and distances from inner city areas (neighbourhoods) to unpopulated wilderness are short. This means you will save valuable time when changing location during filming.

Go anywhere

You can film without permission in public areas. And if you need permission, it is easy to obtain. The police and fire service are always willing to assist during filming.

The Norwegian Film Community

Norwegian film production dates back to the early 1900’s. Norway produces annually more than 30 feature films, approx. 300 short and documentary films as well as many commercials. Norwegian film production receives approx. NOK 860 million (USD 130 million or EUR 101 million) in subsidies (2021).

In the past years, five Norwegian films have been nominated for the Academy Award (The Path Finder, The Other Side of Sunday, Me, My Friend and I, Kon Tiki and Do not Split). In 2006 Bobbie Peers’ Norwegian short Sniffer, won Norway’s first Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. And Torill Kove’s The Danish Poet received the Academy Award® for Best Animated Short in 2007.

Norway has three national and a variety of regional television channels. The capital, Oslo, is the center of the Norwegian film industry, with regional film communities in many other locations in Norway.

The Norwegian film community has a long history of experience with international film productions, especially from the many co- productions with other countries.

Useful information

Geography

The Gulf Stream makes the climate in Norway more comfortable than in other countries of northern latitudes. Hot, bright summer days that lasts into the evening, mild winters with year round ice free fjords in the south and the beautiful midnight sun during summer in the north. In the high mountains snow is an all year experience. Glaciers ensure snow and good skiing conditions in all seasons.

Nature

A unique combination of high level technology, a very good infrastructure, and beautiful, untouched nature makes Norway a special place, rich in scenery. Having a lot of natural resources, such as oil, gas, minerals, fish and lumber, Norway has some of the highest living standards in the world.

The country's 2650 kilometres long coastline, extended inland by the famous Norwegian fjords, and augmented by the country's 57.000 islands, is combined with high mountains covering large parts of the inland (half the country lies above the tree limit). This combination explains why some 90% of the population live within kilometres of the coast.

The geographic profile ensures Norway a great variety of climate, vegetation and scenery, ranging from the green and lush southern coast to the glaciers and the snow of the inland mountains, from the fjords of western Norway to the wild and ragged nature in the north. Norway`s location also exposes it to great changes from one season to another, adding to the variation in scenery.

Building the geographical infrastructure has long been a priority, and despite the geography you can get almost anywhere by car. Coupled to this is a network of roads and bridges. National and international airports, ferry lines, and railroads secure excellent connections between the different regions inside Norway and between Norway and the rest of the world.

Location Permits

No general permits are required for location shooting in Norway other than the normal consent of the owner or the authority responsible for the location(s) in question. Any activities that might interfere with normal traffic have to be organized with the cooperation of the road authorities and the police. Some restrictions may apply in national parks and military areas, but given good planning and cooperation with the relevant authorities, arrangements can be made.

Crew and Cast

You will find Norwegian film technicians to be flexible and highly skilled. Norwegians generally speak very good English, and there is normally no need for interpreters. Many crew members have been educated abroad and, therefore, speak a number of languages. And, not least, their experience of working under snowy and wintry conditions makes them indispensable.

There are a number of casting agencies that will help you find actors, extras and models. With a domestic annual production of more than 30 feature films, in addition to a great number of TV series, Norwegian actors are experienced in terms of screen work.

Infrastructure and Technical Resources

Developing the country’s infrastructure has long been a priority, and despite its geography, you can get almost anywhere by car. Coupled to this is a network of roads and bridges, national and international airports, ferry services and railways that ensure excellent connections between the different regions in Norway and between Norway and the rest of the world.

Most suppliers of technical equipment are based in the Oslo area. Cameras, lighting equipment, generators, grip equipment and cranes of the highest standards are available from various rental outlets.

Facts & figures

  • Official name: The Kingdom of Norway
  • Capital: Oslo
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Religion: State church, Lutheran Protestant
  • Government: Constitutional monarchy, parliamentary system
  • Area The Kingdom of Norway: 385 155 sq km
  • Mainland 323 758 sq km. (7.6% has protected status)
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen 61 397 sq km (57.1% has protected status)
  • Population 5 200 000
  • Monetary unit: Norwegian krone, NOK.
  • USD 1 = NOK 8.37 (June 2021)
  • EUR 1 = NOK 10,13 (June 2021)
  • International dialing code: +47
  • Dialing code from Norway: 00 + country code
  • Directory enquiries: National 1881 (www.1881.no) International 1882
  • Emergency: Medical 113, Fire 110, Police 112
  • Time: GM T +1
  • Daylight Saving Time: Follows the EU, from last Sunday in March until last Sunday in October
  • Voltage: 220 V 50 HZ
  • TV standard: PAL
  • Bordering countries: Sweden, Finland and Russia
  • Largest Cities: Oslo (capital): ca 925.242, Bergen: ca 238.000, Trondheim: ca 167.598, Stavanger:ca 201.353

Flight times

  • 1 and a half hour by plane from London and Copenhagen
  • 2 hours from Paris, Zürich, Brussels, Frankfurt and Amsterdam
  • 7 hours from New York
  • 14 hours from Los Angeles, Tokyo and Hong Kong
  • 23 hours from Sidney

Need some help finding the perfect location?

Please get in touch and we will help you out.

Meghan Beaton
Film Comissioner
+47 918 26 282 / post@norwegianfilm.com

We are offering up to 25% Reimbursement on all Norway Spend, awarded to the highest ranking projects in each application round.

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