Kristiansund is able to berth two ships simultaneously at its city center quay of 366mtr in length.
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Woodlands and green parks are located close to the town's commercial center, and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains complete the picture. All of this makes Kristiansund a town of contrasts with a wide variety of exciting events waiting to be experienced during your stay.
Kristiansund has many attractive shops, and offers a broad range of historical attractions and activities. All growth in the town is linked, directly or indirectly, to the port. The town itself was founded here because of the ideal position of the harbor and the shelter it provided. At first the port was used for timber exports, but later, the mainstay of the economy became fish and fish processing in general, and klippfish in particular. Today we are Norway's largest service base for the petroleum industry and the regional port for fish exports. Kristiansund is in every way a maritime town - a perfect harbor with the ocean on its doorstep.
The Norwegian currency is the Norwegian crown (norske krone), abbreviated kr. A 1/100th krone is called øre. 1.00 EUR = about 8 NOK
ATMs in Norway are called Minibank.
Nearly all stores accept major credit cards such as Mastercard and Visa (Bring your passport/driver's license, as you are required to identify yourself when using a credit card).
Norwegian is the official language of Norway. The language is very close and mutually intelligible with the two other Scandinavian languages, English widely spoken.
Most Norwegian households are connected to the internet in some way (often broadband), making Cybercafés hard to find outside major cities, due to a relatively small market. Most public libraries have free public access to the internet. WiFi is in many spots (not free).
Opening hours in Norway are better than they used to be, but many smaller stores still close early on Saturday (1 PM or 3 PM is typical) and nearly everything is closed on Sundays. You'll often see opening hours written as "9-21 (9-18)" on doors, meaning 9 AM to 9 PM weekdays, 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday.
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