There are different ways of reporting the number of tourist arrivals. Some countries count the number of arrivals at their borders. In Norway, the arrivals at hotels are uses as the unit of measurement.
Foreign tourists had almost 5 million overnight stays in Norway in 2013, of which German tourists accounted for 11 per cent. Swedes accounted for 14 per cent and Danes 9 per cent. The total number of overnight stays was just shy of 20 million in 2013.
Germans, Danes, Swedes, Dutch and guests from the US are the most frequent in Norway. They accounted for more than half of all foreign guest nights at collective accommodation establishments in Norway in 2013.
Compared to the rest of Europe, hotel prices in Norway are not expensive, with the average price for a double room in February 2012 being just under NOK 900* and thus less than in many other European cities (rooms in Paris, Rome, Venice, London, Amsterdam, Geneva and Stockholm all cost more).
Spending by holiday and leisure travellers totalled almost NOK 25 billion in the 2013 summer season and approximately NOK 42 billion (41.6 billion) from May to December.
Non-resident guests in Norway spent 9.9 billion on grocery, amusements and local transport. In second place is accomodation, with 7.1 billion NOK spent in the summer season of 2013.
Se page 18 in the report Key figures for Norwegian travel and tourism 2013 for an overview of guest nights.
Did you know?
In 2012, Norway had more British cruise passengers than the Caribbean: 197,000 Brits chose to go on a cruise in Norway, vs. 189,000 who went to the Caribbean.
Røros in Trøndelag won the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2012 at the World Travel & Tourism Councils (WTTC) award ceremony in 2011 for its ongoing work with sustainable tourism.
Knutholmen in Kalvåg in Bremanger won the Reiselivsprisen 2013 (the "Oscars" of Norwegian tourism).
Northern lights tourism is booming in Northern Norway and estimates show this will provide a 200 million NOK turnover in the Tromsø region in 2013.
Bergen is Norway's busiest cruise port, with 310 ship arrivals in 2013 Geiranger is number two with 206 and Oslo number three with 163.
Find more statistics in the report Key figures for Norwegian travel and tourism 2013.
*Source: SSB (Statistics Norway)