Norway at a Glance

Europe's northernmost country, the Kingdom of Norway is well known for our mountains and spectacular fjord coastline, as well as our history as a seafaring power. Norway also enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world, in large part due to the discovery in the late 1960s of offshore oil and gas deposits. 

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  • Facts & Figures

    31.01.2017

    Norway, a constitutional democracy in Northern Europe, has a population of 5.25 millions. Norway has an extensive coastline of 25 148 km, and is famous for nature attractions like fjords, mountains and midnight sun.

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  • Background

    31.01.2017

    Norway has a long history in international trade. The Vikings were experts on sailing and navigation, and were probably the most successful traders of their time. The network of routes explored and set up by the Vikings...

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  • Geography & Climate

    31.01.2017

    The North Way - Norvegr - was the name given to this mountainous country by the first seafarers to sail along its rugged shores. Nowhere else do people live so far to the north, and thanks to the warming Gulf Stream curren...

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  • People & Society

    31.01.2017

    Norwegian values are rooted in democratic ideals and nature plays a large role in the country’s national identity. Although a modern country, Norway takes pride in its history, maintaining its rural traditions. Being ranke...

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  • Public Holidays

    09.01.2012

    Norway celebrates a variety of traditional and religious holidays. With 1407 working hours a year, 84% of Norwegians claim to be satisfied with their life.

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  • Transportation

    31.01.2017

    Norway can be reached through an extensive selection of international flights and ferry connections. Once in Norway, travelling by car and public transportation is easy.  

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  • Government

    31.01.2017

    The Norwegian national assembly has served as the highest political body in Norway since 1884. Elections are held every fourth year, and mandates are distributed in proportional representation. The Government is selected o...

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  • Economy

    12.10.2011

    Norway has the second largest GDP per capita in the world and has fared better than most through the recent financial crisis. Norway owes its success to its massive petroleum wealth, combined with prudent fiscal management...

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