Facts about norway

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Some interesting facts about norway

Facts about norway include that the country is known as The Kingdom of Norway and that it lies in Northern Europe, occupying the western portion of the Scandinavian peninsula. Most of the country shares an eastern border with Sweden and it is bordered by Finland to the south and Russia to the east. Scotland and Greenland lie to its west across the Norwegian Sea and Denmark is south of its southernmost tip. It is a beautiful country whose famous “ice hotels” are unique and incredible places to visit.

Norway's extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea, is home to the famous fjords. Archaeological findings indicate that Norway has been inhabited since at least the 10th millennium BC. The indigenous people of Norway are the Sámi, although Norse culture (Vikings) arrived very early as well. There are many facts about norway; some well known and others more obscure.

The nation’s history comprises some of the most interesting facts about Norway. It adopted Christianity by the 12th century, following two centuries of Viking raids. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries and in 1905 was granted independence. Today, it is a constitutional, hereditary monarchy and parliamentary democracy, with King Harald V as its Head of State.

What are some interesting facts about norway?

The following is a list of some of the many interesting facts about Norway. It was difficult to limit the choices, as there are so many fascinating aspects to this beautiful Scandinavian country.

1- There are more Norwegian descendants living in the United States than there are Norwegians in Norway (6 million vs. 4,8 million).

2- Between 1860 and 1910, the percentage of the Norwegian population immigrating to America was second only to the percentage of the Irish.

3- Norway contains several of the highest waterfalls in the world.

4- Norway is nicknamed “The Land of The Midnight Sun”

5- Hydropower accounts for 99 per cent of the electricity generated in Norway.

 6- In Norway, education is free, even college and university education.

7- The plague called ”The Black Death” resulted in the death of more than half of Norway’s population in the mid 14th century.

8- The name, Norway, is thought to mean “path to the North.”

9- Norway is one of the world’s richest countries per capita.

10-. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway’s capital, every year.

 11- Norway is about the same size as the state of Montana, and it is the 6th largest country in Europe.

12- In Norway, there’s a saying that ”There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”

13-The northern third of Norway is located in the Arctic Circle.

Facts about norway abound, and it would seem that the more one knows, the more one wants to know about this fascinating country. The next time you are planning a trip to Europe, don’t leave out Scandinavia in general and Norway in particular. The natural beauty, splendid landscape and exceptional people will bring you back time after time.

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