Disability Access In Norway

Accessibility

While in Norway, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from the United States. Oslo Gardermoen International Airport is accessible to wheelchair users and the staff is very helpful with accessibility issues. The Oslo subway/light-rail system (T-Banen) has above-average wheelchair accessibility. Taxi drivers are generally helpful in assisting wheelchair users. It is possible to order taxis with wheelchair lifts. From December to March it is impossible for wheelchair users to navigate Oslo’s streets without assistance due to snow and ice.

Shopping malls are generally accessible to wheelchair users. However, individual shops with street entrances are not. Shopping malls, hotels, public buildings, and most modern structures will have handicap accessible toilets. Less than half of the restaurants in Norway are wheelchair accessible and many have restrooms located up or down a flight of stairs. Many modern public structures, such as shopping centers, substitute inclined moving walkways/ramps for elevators, which are difficult for wheelchair users to use safely. The website of Norway’s Tourist Board offers accessibility information specifically for ferries.

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