Oslo - Post Report Question and Answers

Are credit cards widely accepted and safe to use locally? Are ATMs common and do you recommend using them? Are they safe to use?

Norwegian Debit cards, yes. ATMs are not common and cash is rarely used. All very safe to use. - Dec 2022

You never need to touch cash here. Literally you can use your card or phone pay for everything. - May 2021

Yes, yes and yes. - Jan 2020

Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere, but Norwegian bank cards are the most accepted. The bank charges a fee per bank card per year. - Dec 2016

Ubiquitous - some restaurants don't take cash. - Dec 2015

You'll want to get a chip card with a pin code that are nearly universally accepted here. They can take U.S. cards if they know how, but some vendors do not. And there are locations that don't take cash! ATMs are everywhere and safe. - Jun 2015

Card machines are ubiquitous, but Norway, like the rest of the non-USA world, uses pin/chip technology, so if you try to buy things with a card without a chip, you might have problems. A few local shops only accept Norweigan-issued cards. - May 2013

You must set up a Norwegian bank account when you move here. We pay all our bills online. - Aug 2011

You need a Norwegian bank card at some stores, so you can't count on relying on your credit card everywhere. - Jun 2009

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