‘Snail mail’ better this year than last

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Delivery of letters, cards and other post sent via conventional national postal services has become worse and worse in recent years, not least during the Corona pandemic, even as postal rates kept rising. Those still opting to spend the equivalent of USD 4.20 to send a Christmas card from Norway internationally can now at least hope it will arrive in time for the holidays.

Not only are more flights operating this year, Norway’s Posten stopped sending all mail this fall by truck from Norway to Frankfurt, from which it was sent on by air. Since November, the mail from Norway has been flown to Frankfurt and then onwards, for example to Spain, where many retired Norwegians live.

One reader told newspaper Dagsavisen that it has taken as long as three to six weeks to get mail from Norway in Spain. Now that’s improved, and cards from the US to Norway and vice versa have also been arriving within a week to 10 days. Delivery within Norway can be further delayed, however, since post is only delivered two or three times a week, as opposed to the daily service that long was standard.

newsinenglish.no staff