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These are Norway’s deadlines for sending international mail in time for Christmas

The Norwegian postal service Posten Norge has advised customers to send Christmas cards, letters and parcels in plenty of time if they want to be sure that shipments will arrive before Christmas Eve.

These are Norway’s deadlines for sending international mail in time for Christmas
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Delivery time from Norway to other countries is usually two to six days for mail within Europe and four to eight days for the rest of the world.

But Posten has posted on its website special Christmas deadlines for sending letters and packages, which it says should be followed to ensure on-time delivery for Christmas.

The deadlines have been set out in collaboration with other countries' postal services.

Parcels going to Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland should be sent before December 13th, while letters and small packages to those countries should be sent by December 15th.

For other countries in Europe, the deadline for letters and small packages is December 13th.

If you are sending any Christmas cards or small packages to the US or Canada, make sure they are in the post by December 11th.

For the rest of the world, letters and small packages should be sent by December 4th at the latest, if you want to make sure they arrive at their destinations before Santa’s sleigh departs. If you are sending larger post, Posten Norge has published a country-by-country list of postal deadlines for sending parcels abroad.

For post within Norway, no special deadlines apply, but Posten has advised customers to allow a little extra time to account for the seasonal rush.

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Could Christmas in Norway be affected by new Covid-19 measures?

Norway’s government has in the last two days announced tightened rules relating to Covid-19 isolation and face masks. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre sought to reassure the public over plans for the Christmas holidays.

Norway's PM Jonas Gahr Støre expects the country's residents to be able to celebrate Christmas normally but cannot rule out new Covid-19 measures before December 24th.
Norway's PM Jonas Gahr Støre expects the country's residents to be able to celebrate Christmas normally but cannot rule out new Covid-19 measures before December 24th. Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash

The government on Tuesday announced new measures relating to quarantine rules for confirmed Covid-19 cases and face mask guidelines.

The measures, which are being introduced in response to increasing infection numbers, include more stringent isolation rules, face mask recommendations and a push to vaccinate over 65s with booster jabs as soon as possible.

“On one side, we must avoid full hospitals and strain on the health system. On the other side we must live as normally as possible. We must keep finding the right balance in the measures,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said in a statement.

Tighter quarantine rules for suspected cases with the new Omicron variant were meanwhile launched on Monday. People who test positive for or are believed to be infected with the Omicron variant will need to isolate for longer than others with the virus.

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In comments during a briefing to press on Tuesday, Støre sought to reassure the public over plans to spend Christmas with loved ones.

“The measures we have introduced are settings that make it possible to celebrate a good Christmas while keeping in mind what you can do with your loved ones,” the PM said in comments reported by newspaper VG.

“We can plan to be with our families at Christmas,” he added.

Last year saw Christmas in Norway significantly impacted by restrictions on the number of people who could meet and mixing between households.

Such far-reaching restrictions are not expected in 2021. Støre did not however rule out additional measures being introduced before December 24th.

“What we have presented today is based on the knowledge we already have,” he said.

“It is the total restrictions that count. If we are in the same situation (as now) when we get to December 24th, you can celebrate Christmas normally,” Støre said, but noted the virus would be present throughout the winter.

The aim of any measures is to keep the pandemic under control throughout the winter, he added.

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