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Norway

Norway is situated in the western part of the Scandinavian peninsula. It extends about 1,100 mi (1,770 km) from the North Sea along the Norwegian Sea to more than 300 mi (483 km) above the Arctic Circle, the farthest north of any European country. It is slightly larger than New Mexico. Nearly 70% of Norway is uninhabitable and covered by mountains, glaciers, moors, and rivers.

 

System of government: Constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy
Head of government: Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Area: 385,155 square kilometers
Population: 5,137,679 inhabitants (as of 1 July 2014)
Capital city: Oslo
Languages: Norwegian bokmal, Norwegian nynorsk and Sami
Religion: Church of Norway (Protestant Christianity)
Currency: Norwegian kroner (NOK) 1 krone = 100 ore 
National day: 17 May

Famous in Norway:

Northern LightsNorthern lights:

The northern lights are a common natural phenomenon in Northern Norway, and are most commonly observed above the Arctic Circle between late autumn and early spring.

Fjords

Norway is famous for its fjords, two of which, the Geirangerfjord and the Naeroyfjord, feature on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Sognefjord, the longest of them all, and the Hardangerfjord, famed for its cherry and apple trees, are among the most visited.

Weather:

The weather in Norway is much milder than one would expect. Because of the Gulf Stream and warm air currents caused by the coriolis effect, temperatures along the coast of Norway are 5-8°C higher than at comparable latitudes elsewhere.

Midnight sunWinter sports:

Norway’s success in the Winter Olympics is unrivalled, and the country has a total of 329 medals (118 gold, 111 silver and 100 bronze) to its tally.

 

Midnight sun:

The sun does not set in summer over the Arctic Circle, meaning visitors to Northern Norway enjoy 24 hours of daylight this time of year.

 

Climate: The southern and western parts of Norway experience more precipitation and have milder winters than the south-eastern part. The lowlands around Oslo have the warmest and sunniest summers but also cold weather and snow in wintertime (especially inland). Because of Norway's high latitude, there are large seasonal variations in daylight. From late May to late July, the sun never completely descends beneath the horizon in areas north of the Arctic Circle (hence Norway's description as the "Land of the Midnight Sun"), and the rest of the country experiences up to 20 hours of daylight per day. Conversely, from late November to late January, the sun never rises above the horizon in the north, and daylight hours are very short in the rest of the country.

Stunning and dramatic scenery and landscape is found throughout Norway. The west coast of southern Norway and the coast of northern Norway present some of the most visually impressive coastal sceneries in the world. National Geographic has listed the Norwegian fjords as the world's top tourist attraction. The 2012 Environmental Performance Index put Norway in third place, based on the environmental performance of the country's policies.

UniversityEducation: Education is served by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, NorwayHigher education in Norway is offered by a range of seven universities, five specialized colleges, 25 university colleges as well as a range of private colleges. Education follows the Bologna Process involving Bachelor (3 years), Master (2 years) and PhD (3 years) degrees.

TransportationEconomy: Norwegians enjoy the second-highest GDP per-capita (after Luxembourg) and fourth-highest GDP (PPP) per-capita in the world. Today, Norway ranks as the second-wealthiest country in the world in monetary value, with the largest capital reserve per capita of any nation. Export revenues from oil and gas have risen to almost 50% of total exports and constitute more than 20% of the GDP.

Transport: Due to the low population density, narrow shape and long coastlines of Norway, its public transport is less developed than in many European countries, especially outside the major cities. The country has longstanding water transport traditions, but the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications has in recent years implemented rail, road and air transport through numerous subsidiaries to develop the country's infrastructure.

 

Regions in Norway

Akershus Aust-Agdr Buskerud Finmark
Hedmark Hordaland More og Romsdal Nord-Trondelag
Nordland Oppland Oslo Ostfold
Rogaland Sogn og Fjordane Sor-Trondelag Telemark
Troms Vest-Agder Vestfold

Regions within Norway:

A - B - F - H - M - N - O - R - S - T - V

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  Sogn og Fjordane
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Today's Rates: 1 NOK = 0.15236 $ 1 NOK = 0.09507 £ 1 NOK = 0.12034 €
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