Last updated: 16 March 2021

What type of plugs and sockets are used in Norway?

When you are going on a trip to Norway, be sure to pack the appropriate travel plug adapter that fits the local sockets. But what do those electrical outlets look like? In Norway, types C and F are the official standards. Like almost all Continental European countries, Norway has standardized on the German plug and socket system.




Type F

  • used almost everywhere in Europe & Russia, except for the UK & Ireland
  • 2 pins
  • grounded
  • 16 A
  • 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug types C, E & F
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Type C

  • commonly used in Europe, South America & Asia
  • 2 pins
  • not grounded
  • 2.5 A, 10 A & 16 A
  • almost always 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug type C
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What is the mains voltage in Norway?

Just like the rest of Europe, the voltage in Norway is 230 volts and the frequency is 50 Hz.

230 V ~ 50 Hz



Background information

Obsolete type C Bakelite wall socket (1950s)

Norway has standardized on type F sockets and plugs. Type C and type E plugs can also be used thanks to their compatibility with type F sockets.

Power plug & outlet Type C

Typically, type C plug sockets are not allowed to be installed in Norway: these outlets are not earthed and are therefore considered dangerous. Only type F power points are permitted because they are grounded and therefore significantly safer.

The only (and rare) exception to this rule is that an old type C outlet should be replaced by a new one. After all, if you hook up a grounded wall outlet (i.e. type F) on a two-wire circuit, the socket will not be grounded, but people will get the wrong impression that it is actually grounded. No need to say, this would be a potentially dangerous situation.

Nowadays, however, type C receptacles are not frequently installed anymore, since older properties are almost always completely rewired when they are renovated or significantly altered.

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