Interesting facts about Norway

interesting facts about norway

The country of Norway is officially known as the Kingdom of Norway.

Norway was originally called Nordweg, meaning the “Northern Way.”

Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway.

Norway has a population of about 5 million people.

Norway’s national symbol is the lion.

Norway is the most successful nation in the world at the Winter Olympics.

Norway is the world’s largest exporter of salmon.

Norway introduced Salmon Sushi to the Japanese in the 80s.

salmon-sushi

Norway was ranked the world’s #1 country in the 2014 Prosperity Index for wealth and well-being.

Norway is the most peaceful country, according to the Global Peace Index.

The cheese slicer was invented in Norway in 1925 by Thor Bjørklund.

In Norway, you can buy alcoholic beverages only from stores named Vinmonopolet. There are only two
in each city, and none in the countryside.

In 2008, Norway knighted a penguin. A penguin who was previously made a Colonel-in-Chief of the
Norwegian Army has been knighted at Edinburgh Zoo. Penguin Nils Olav has been an honorary member
and mascot of the Norwegian King’s Guard since 1972.

penguin knight

All prisoners in Norway have internet in their cells.

When you get a book published in Norway, the Government will buy a 1000 copies and distribute them
to libraries.

Norway’s public Universities are free for students from anywhere in the world.

The monarch of Norway’s title is “Norway’s King” rather than “King of Norway”, signifying that he
belongs to the country and not vice versa.

The late King Olav V of Norway used public transportation and always paid the tickets.

In 2008, Norway donated US$1 billion to help save the Amazon rainforest.

Norway is famous for its majestic fjords and mountainous terrain. Two of the country’s fjord’s
Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord are on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

norway-fjords

There are at least 450,000 fresh water lakes in Norway.

Norway along with Sweden and Denmark make up Scandinavia.

Norway shares a border with Finland, Russia and Sweden.

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