Can you drink the tap water in Norway?
In general, yes.
The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Norway (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas.
Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.
What do people in Norway think about the tap water?
Tap water is always safe to drink in Norway so fill up a reusable bottle to stay hydrated and help avoid plastic pollution.
Water In The Great Outdoors
Out in the wild it’s wise to beware of drinking from streams as even the clearest and most inviting water may harbour giardia and other parasites. For extended hikes where you must rely on natural water sources, the simplest way of purifying water is to boil it thoroughly; at high altitude water boils at a lower temperature, so germs are less likely to be killed. Boil it for longer in these environments (up to 10 minutes) . If you cannot boil water it should be treated chemically. Chlorine tablets (Puritabs, Steritabs or other brands) will kill many pathogens, but not giardia and amoebic cysts. Iodine is more effective in purifying water and is available in tablet form (such as Potable Aqua). Too much iodine can be harmful.
Take care when buying alcohol and tobacco. It will most certainly be more expensive than you expect. A 400 or 500 mL beer in a pub or restaurant will cost around NOK80 whilst a 500 mL can of 4.7% beer in a supermarket costs about NOK30. Cigarettes cost about NOK115 for a pack of 20, and a bottle of 500 mL Coke will usually cost NOK20. On the positive side: Norway has good quality tap water. Buying bottled drinking water is unnecessary and hugely expensive. Some Norwegians drink straight from streams when hiking, but periodic outbreaks of Tularemia makes this a bit risky.
Food safety is very good in Norway. Salmonella is very rare compared to other countries, and health officials inspect restaurants at a regular basis. Also tap-water is usually very nice; Voss water from Vatnestrøm in Aust-Agder is actually exported abroad, including to the USA.
The most commonly searched cities in Norway are:
For a full list of cities in Norway, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.
World Health Organization Norway Water Summary
The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Norway have access to drinkable tap water.
In 2000, 99% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 99% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.
World Health Organization's 2017 Norway Water Data
The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Norway includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.
|Safely Managed||A location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.|
|At Least Basic||Safe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location|
|Limited||It would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.|
|Year||Population in 1000s||Safely managed||At Least Basic||Limited|
What Do People In Norway Think About The Tap Water?
Travelers and residents of Norway have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.
A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||6%||Low|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||94%||High|
View our tap water report on all cities in Norway
- Tana Bru