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The Struve Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through 10 countries and over 2,820 km. These are points of a survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, which represented the first accurate measuring of a long segment of a meridian. This helped to establish the exact size and shape of the planet and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping. It is an extraordinary example of scientific collaboration among scientists from different countries, and of collaboration between monarchs for a scientific cause. The original arc consisted of 258 main triangles with 265 main station points. The listed site includes 34 of the original station points, with different markings, i.e. a drilled hole in rock, iron cross, cairns, or built obelisks.
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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Norway. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Norway.
Currencie(s): Norwegian krone
Tipping: The service charge is included in the bill. It is uncommon for Norwegians to tip taxi drivers or cleaning staff at hotels. In restaurants and bars it is more common, but not expected.
Corruption: Norway has a corruption score of 16 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Norway, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Norway is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
Norway is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.54 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Hammerfest is 18.
On- and off-premise age miniumum is 18 for beer and wine/20 for spirits.
Age of Consent: 16 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Norway since 2008.
Norway scores a 9/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
Weather: Currently broken clouds, with a temperature between 11 and 11°C (51.8 and 51.8°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 6.96 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Norway.