Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. The capital, Oslo, is a city of green areas and museums. Preserved 9th-century Viking ships are displayed at Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum. Bergen, with colorful wooden houses, is the starting point for cruises to the dramatic Sognefjord. Norway is also known for fishing, hiking and skiing, notably at Lillehammer’s Olympic resort.
Norway is the world’s northernmost country and its capital city of Oslo is also the world’s northernmost city.
Norway is a country where it is really easy to use public transport, and we did, going around a lot of loops, up to the city and back.
On this trip, we saw the little island with the Santa house, so our first stop was at the Santa house.
The streets were busy, but the crowd dissipated when we reached the Santa house.
The outside of the Santa house was dominated by a huge tree with a door to the Santa’s house at one end and the entry to the shops in the middle.
The nation’s largest island, Svalbard, is also the world’s northernmost land.
With a population of only around five million people, Norway is one of the world’s smallest countries.
Norges Bank (Norway’s central bank) is the central bank of Norway. According to its own website, Norges Bank is an independent central bank, fully accountable to the Parliament of Norway.
Norway may be a name for the entire country, but in fact the country’s name is comprised of two different names, with the suffix “land” being derived from the Old Norse. This name originated in the 8th century, and is defined by Norway’s physical and geographical land features.
North and south of Norway sit the Scandinavian peninsula, which was ruled by the Danes in the early 10th century. But in 930, Norway was fully integrated into the growing Viking culture, and has remained a part of the Scandinavian nation since.
Norway is the least populous country on the list, but, since it is still a wealthy nation, this places it above the other members of the five-strong group of nations who can be classified as small.
Norway’s average income per person is more than double that of its southern neighbours Sweden and Denmark.
But as with most of the Scandinavian nations, Norway has only a small proportion of its population aged 65 and above.
At the other extreme, Spain and Portugal have large numbers of pensioners living in their countries.
Date of last update: 17. April, 2021