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American Dollars or Krone Acceptance

Traveling in Stavanger and Bergen side trip. If paying with cash is there a preference for either American dollars or Krone or just credit cards. What about tipping in restaurants?

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2562 posts

Use cards.

Dollars would be as welcome as krone in Chicago.

Posted by
2691 posts

Cards are welcome.
I spent 25 days in May/June this year in Norway without any cash.
Tipping is done during card payment process by entering the sum you want to pay.

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463 posts

In two weeks in Norway we used cards everywhere except twice. Even for 10kr price for public restroom. The exceptions were a small second hand shop and for a CD of a small band at a concert.

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463 posts

Note we found in Norway the typical way to put in tip at a restaurant you type on the handheld machine the new total and then the machine translates it into how much to fill in the tip line.

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2529 posts

I suspect the OP travels to Caribbean countries, where US dollars are well accepted, or so I've heard.

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159 posts

We travelled last summer across Norway from Oslo to Bergen and in the fjord country and never once used cash, always credit cards.

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9904 posts

I am in the U.S. now, visiting from France. No one is accepting my euros !!

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27453 posts

Over the course of about 3 weeks in Norway last summer, I needed kroner exactly twice: for public toilet in a large Oslo park and a luggage locker in a train station up north. By now both of those places may have been switched to credit-card-only, which is a common situation--so common, in fact, that it is extremely difficult to find a bank-operated ATM in Oslo.

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2147 posts

Yes, credit cards work great in Norway. We usually get a small amount of local currency before leaving the US but decided to just wing it for our upcoming trip. I did see several shops in Bergen that accepted US dollars, euros, and other currencies. There were conversion charts posted at the registers.

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4007 posts

The OP might be asking about acceptance of $ since there are some counties where they are welcome. It’s a legitimate question.

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15729 posts

Any business in Europe that will take your American money is not giving you a good exchange rate. They are making extra doing that.

You are more apt to see this at shops near cruise ports.

But to answer the questions, for the past few years I've only used credit cards in much of the Scandinavian and Nordic countries. Some businesses are now cashless.

I'm finding more and more hotels, in much of Europe, have gone cashless. They just don't want to deal with it.

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776 posts

Sometimes I think there are more Americans on Caribbean islands than citizens of those countries. Maybe that’s a consequence of my experience. I had local currency with me last winter as I think it’s a sign of respect to never assume dollars will be accepted. There, I was wrong. In many situations, they weren’t interested in, or even accepting, local currencies. They wanted dollars and preferred no sale to accepting their own country’s currency. For them, the dollars were worth more.

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8668 posts

Wanderlust58, that's been our experience as well. In a recent trip to Jamaica, we found that shops catering to tourists would only deal in USD. No way to tell what "exchange rate" was being used, as everything was priced in USD. And the rate probably doesnt even matter because they would be doing all their business in USD just as an American-based business. Same thing we've seen on cruises.

I think people who have traveled to the Mexican resort cities, and on Caribbean cruises get used to thinking that is true in the rest of the world. Or misunderstand the use of USD in international business transactions to mean it can be used in ordinary daily transactions.

To be fair, I witnessed a Norwegian man (part of a recognizable group) try to buy things in a shop in the UK with euro (yes, euro, I saw the money), and he got just as upset as an American Karen when they wouldn't take it.

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10371 posts

@Stan, Could we give all the lovely people we know who are named Karen a break, please.

How about childish, or infantile, or colonialist, or patronizing, or an infantile, self-absorbed colonialist?

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8668 posts

You're right of course, Bets. I think the cat's out of the bag however.

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471 posts

In three weeks of traveling in Scandinavia in May, the only time I used ANY cash was in Flam. At a stand that sold dried sausages, a woman was selling some sock that she had knit. She would take a credit card for the sausages but only cash for the socks. It was 250 Krone or $25 US. I paid for the socks in US dollars and that was a beneficial exchange rate for me. The food trucks in Flam appeared to have a surcharge for credit cards but they definitely didn't take US $,

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15729 posts

What percentage do people tip in Norway at a restaurant?

You don't. Tipping is not expected. You could round up if you liked the service.