Interesting facts about Norway

Interesting facts about Norway

The Kingdom of Norway is a Nordic country located in Northern Europe. Norway is the second wealthiest country in the world by monetary value and has the largest capital reserve per capita. Known for its natural beauties and natural phenomena, Norway has the world’s most remote island Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. From culture to cuisine, this wonderful and developed country has many interesting facts.

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Country         NORWAY
Area385207 Km2
HDI0.954 (1st rank)
CurrencyNorwegien krone (NOK)
Official LanguagesNorwegian, Sami
National AnthemJa, vi elsker dette landet
Religion (largest)Christian
Popular BirdWhite-throated dipper
National FlowerPurple Heather
National SportsCross-country skiing
National DishFarikal (mutton stew)
National animalLion

1. Norway is one of the most developed democracies and states of justice in the world.

2. By the Democracy Index Norway has been classified as the world’s most democratic country since 2010.

3. Norway has monarch but it retains as an executive power.

4. It is a unitary state which is divided into eleven first-level administrative counties also called fylke.

5. Jan Mayen and Svalbard are two overseas territories of Norway.

6. The original discoverer of North America Leif Erikson’s father was a famous Norwegian Viking- Erik the Red. Norway is famous for some of the most daring Vikings of all time.

7. A village with 1542 residents in Norway called Hell.

8. It is the most interesting fact about Norway that the salmon sushi was first introduced to the Japanese was actually by Norwegians in the 1980s.

9. There are few countries in the world considered as the happiest nations. Among them, Norway is also known as its happiness.

10. Norway maintains embassies of 82 countries. Most of them are built-in national capital, Oslo.

11. Worlds longest road tunnel Laerdal Tunnel connects two municipalities of Norway, Laerdal, and Aurland. It is 15.23 miles long tunnel and built on the European route E16.

12. Capital city Oslo is known for giving out the Nobel Peace Prize award since 1901.

13. Norway is known for its fjords. There are nearly 1000 fjords scattered around the country. Sognefjorden is the world’s second deepest fjord and also the longest one (204 Km).

14. One can say Norway as the country of lakes and islands. As there are 400000 lakes and 239057 registered islands.

15. Norway is known as Land of the Midnight Sun. Most parts of the country experienced 20 hours of daylight per day. During summer sun never goes down for several weeks.

16. Norway and natural phenomena have a deep connection. The astonishing Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis can be seen in Norway from October to March.

17. This country has two official names – Norge in Bokmal and Noreg in Nynorsk. The English word came from Norpweg during 880, which means “northern way” or “way leading to the north”.

18. As per Gini and HDI Norway stands first.

19. A soft potato flatbread Lefse is a popular cuisine of Norway.

20. The first ski jumper was a Norwegian. There is the 5000 years old rock carving Vefsn Nordland ski that depicts the ancient skier.

Famous personalities:

Olav Aukrust (poet)

Johan Borgen (author)

Madcon (Hip Hop due)

Siri Tollerod (supermodel)

Liv Ullman (actor, writer and film director)

Thorstein Veblen (economist)

Knute Nelson (Governor)

Knut Rockne (football coach)

Thor Heyerdahi (explorer)

Colin Archer (ship builder)

Rasmus Sornes (inventor and clockmaker)

Hilmar Reksten (shipping magnate)

Oslo oslo
Alesund alesund
Stavanger stavanger
Trondheim Trondheim
Tromso Tromso
Urnes Stave church Urnes Stave church
Bryggen Bryggen
Roros Minning Town and the Circumference Roros Minning Town and the Circumference
Rock Art of Alta Rock Art of Alta
Vegaon – The Vega Archipelago 
Struve Geodetic Arc 
West Norwegian Fjords- Geirangerfjord and NaeroyfjordWest Norwegian Fjords- Geirangerfjord and Naeroyfjord

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