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About Norway Norway has a population of about 5 million and covers an area of 385,155 square kilometres. The official Head of State is King Harald V. Facts about Norway System of government: Constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy Head of government: Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg Area: 385,155 square kilometres Population: 5,003,000 inhabitants (as of 1 April 2012) Capital city: Oslo Languages: Norwegian bokmål, Norwegian nynorsk and Sami Religion: Church of Norway (Protestant Christianity) Currency: Norwegian kroner (NOK) 1 krone = 100 øre Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1 hour National day: 17 May Fjords Norway is famous for its fjords, two of which, the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord, 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. Read more about the Norwegian fjords. Northern 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. Read more about the northern lights. 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. Read more about the midnight sun. Weather The weather in Norway is much milder than one would expect. Because of the Gulf Stream, temperatures along the coast of Norway are 5-8°C higher than at comparable latitudes elsewhere. Read more about season, weather and climate in Norway or check out the weather for your area. Vikings The Vikings have a bad reputation as raiders, but they were also traders, explorers and settlers, and the legacy from the Viking Age (AD 800-1050) lives on. Read more about the Vikings. The Sami people The Sami are the indigenous people of Norway. Known for their colourful clothes and the huge herds of reindeer they look after, the Sami have been living in northern Scandinavia for over 10,000 years, and today they have their own parliament in Karasjok. Read more about the Sami. Winter sports Norway’s success in the Winter Olympics is unrivalled, and the country has a total of 303 medals (107 gold, 106 silver and 90 bronze) to its tally. The best ever games for Norway were the Lillehammer winter games in 1994, when Norway, which was competing on home turf, topped the medal table, having won 26 medals, of which 10 gold. Read more about the history of skiing and winter in Norway. Famous Norwegians These include explorers Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen and Thor Heyerdahl, composer Edvard Grieg, violin virtuoso Ole Bull, artist Edvard Munch, playwright Henrik Ibsen, novelist Knut Hamsun, and politician Gro Harlem Brundtland, among many others. Read more about polar explorers. The Royal Family King Harald V, the King of Norway, and Queen Sonja have two children: a son, Crown Prince Haakon, who is married to Crown Princess Mette-Marit, with whom he has two children and a daughter, Princess Martha Louise, who is married to Ari Mikael Behn. Trolls Trolls are an important part of Norwegian folklore. They vary in size and appearance, but are invariably ugly and messy creatures, and always mischievous (if not downright nasty). They usually live in caves or deep in the forest, and only emerge from their hiding places after sunset - legend has it that they turn to stone upon contact with the sun. Several places in Western and Northern Norway have been named after them, such as Trollheimen, Trollstigen, Trollhatten and Trollveggen. Credits: Visitnorway.com
lol @alise @nollakolla stop trying to market for your own country ! @Sofiamuller ok here ismy words !Those country pretty much the same in nature and culture. YOu would not see much different. In norway, you would see a lot of moutain, and fjord , in Finland you would see more lake. And in Sweden, hmm you would seemore beautiful girls :P
@sofiamuller758 hehe do not believe in Alise! Finland is more beautiful than Sweden :P. We have more lakes in here ! And could you imagine yourself to be in middle of the night, next to the lake, the sun still shine, and few bottle of beer??
@sofiamuller758 heheh not only in Norway that you could view the midnight sun ! You could come to ther north of Sweden as well :P Summer is really beautiful there !!
The midnight sun !! I would love to experience it !! It would be so weird to see the sun at midnight !! heheh How could Norwegian sleep at night ! I am wondering !
Awesome information, Tap! What a lovely, lovely country.
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