Norway may not be the most important, biggest, or powerful country in the world. Indeed, a Norwegian prime minister once stated this from the rostrum of the national assembly: “Norway is a country in the world”. What he meant to say was “a small country”. Yet, Norway is probably one of the most important small countries of the world. This is, among us Norwegians, a well-established matter of fact.
DERSOM DU LESER NORSK kan du slå opp 700 artikler og 13000 bilder fra Norge på Sandalsand Norge.
IF YOU READ NORWEGIAN, or want to have a go with an automatic translator, check out 700 articles and 13,000 images from Norway on Sandalsand Norge.
Find all entries from Norway in the illustrated list at the bottom of this page, or open one of these sections.
Posts from Norway
In late July each year 250,000 gather in Stavanger to take part in Scandinavia's leading food festival. Gladmat, literally meaning...
The view from the tower on the Holmenkollen hill is tremendous. Behind us is the huge forest of Nordmarka, ahead is Oslo and the wide fjord. Below...
This year's National Day celebration was even more spectacular than previously. The Norwegians are celebrating the 200th anniversary of...
The ingredients of the last part of our road trip in Norway are fjord, snow, fruit trees, industrial plants, a waterfall and a stave church. Denne...
Heading south on the Sørfjord on our Hardanger road trip we paid a visit to the unique hamlet of Agatunet, one of the very original farm villages of...
There is more to Utne than we imagined before arriving here. The evening we spent was perfect and the next morning offered an insight into Norwegian...
Our second day on the road in beautiful, sunny Hardanger, Norway offered blossoming fruit trees, snowcapped mountains, a blue fjord, and a surprise...
It was a beautiful morning in Rosendal, on the second day of our Hardanger Road Trip. After a lovely breakfast at the centrally located,...
Read about two and a half days on the road in picturesque Hardanger, Norway. It is spring, the fruit trees are in blossom, the snow has still not...
Førde was previously rated the ugliest town in Norway. There are unfortunately many contenders for this unfavourable title and I sincerely doubt...
Førde is a medium-sized town in Western Norway. It is set at the end of Sunnfjord, amidst high mountains. Førde is now transforming into a much more...
This film is from a series of hikes on the coastal strip of Jæren, in south-western Norway. This one is from the hike between Varhaug and Kvassheim....
A fact sheet
This is Wikipedia’s introduction to Norway.
- Official name: Kingdom of Norway
- Capital and largest city: Oslo
- Official languages: Norwegian; Sami
- Official minority languages: Kven, Romani, Romanes
- Writing system: Latin
- Ethnic groups: Norwegian
- Indigenous status: Sami
- Minority status: Jewish, Traveller, Forest Finn, Romani, Kven
- Religion: Lutheran
- Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
- Legislature: Storting
- Area: 385,203 km2
- Population 2018 estimate: 5,295,619
- Density: 15.8/km2
- GDP (PPP) 2018 estimate: Total: $397 billion; Per capita: $74,065
- GDP (nominal) 2018 estimate: Total: $443 billion; Per capita: $82,711
- Gini (2014): 23.5 low
- HDI (2015): 0.949 very high
Norway has a total area of 385,252 square kilometres and a population of 5,258,317 (as of January 2017). The country shares a long eastern border with Sweden (1,619 km). Norway is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east, and the Skagerrak strait to the south, with Denmark on the other side. Norway has an extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea.
King Harald V of the Dano-German House of Glücksburg is the current King of Norway. Erna Solberg became Prime Minister in 2013, and was reelected in September 2017. Erna Solberg replaced Jens Stoltenberg who was the Prime Minister between 2000 and 2001 and 2005–2013. A constitutional monarchy, Norway divides state power between the Parliament, the cabinet and the Supreme Court, as determined by the 1814 Constitution. The kingdom was established as a merger of a large number of petty kingdoms. By the traditional count from the year 872, the kingdom has existed continuously for 1,145 years, and the list of Norwegian monarchs includes over sixty kings and earls.
Norway has both administrative and political subdivisions on two levels: counties and municipalities. The Sámi people have a certain amount of self-determination and influence over traditional territories through the Sámi Parliament and the Finnmark Act. Norway maintains close ties with both the European Union and the United States. Norway is a founding member of the United Nations, NATO, the European Free Trade Association, the Council of Europe, the Antarctic Treaty, and the Nordic Council; a member of the European Economic Area, the WTO, and the OECD; and a part of the Schengen Area.
Life in Norway
Norway maintains Nordic welfare model with universal health care and a comprehensive social security system, and Norwegian Society’s values are rooted in egalitarian ideals. Defined as a 21st century socialism, the Norwegian state owns key industrial sectors such as oil (Statoil) or hydropower (Statkraft), having extensive reserves of petroleum, natural gas, minerals, lumber, seafood, and fresh water. The petroleum industry accounts for around a quarter of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). On a per-capita basis, Norway is the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas outside the Middle East.
The country has the fourth-highest per capita income in the world on the World Bank and IMF lists. On the CIA’s GDP (PPP) per capita list (2015 estimate) which includes autonomous territories and regions, Norway ranks as number eleven. It has the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, with a value of USD 1 trillion. Norway has had the highest Human Development Index ranking in the world since 2009, a position also held previously between 2001 and 2006. It also has the highest inequality-adjusted ranking. Norway ranks first on the World Happiness Report, the OECD Better Life Index, the Index of Public Integrity, and the Democracy Index. Norway also has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
Norway has always had a small population and a scarcely populated land. That might be one reason why Norwegians have a drive to travel abroad. The World champion of chess, Magnus Carlsen is one of them:
I got the travel bug when I was quite young. My parents took me and my sisters out of school and we travelled all over Europe. It was an eye-opening experience and, although I love Norway, I also enjoy visiting new countries. I don’t get homesick. (Magnus Carlsen)