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Kingdom of Norway | Kongeriket Norge
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The Viking period (9th to 11th centuries) was one of national unification and expansion. The Norwegian royal line died out in 1387, and the country entered a period of union with Denmark. By 1586, Norway had become part of the Danish Kingdom.
In 1814, as a result of the Napoleonic wars, Norway was separated from Denmark and combined with Sweden. The union persisted until 1905, when Sweden recognized Norwegian independence.
The Norwegian Government offered the throne of Norway to Danish Prince Carl in 1905. After a plebiscite approving the establishment of a monarchy, the parliament unanimously elected him king. He took the name of Haakon VII, after the kings of independent Norway.
Norway was a nonbelligerent during World War I, but as a result of the German invasion and occupation during World War II, Norwegians generally became skeptical of the concept of neutrality and turned instead to collective security.
Norway was one of the signers of the North Atlantic Treaty in 1949 and was a founding member of the United Nations. The first UN General Secretary, Trygve Lie, was a Norwegian. Under the terms of the will of Alfred Nobel, the Storting (Parliament) elects the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee who award the Nobel Peace Prize to champions of peace.
Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. The current focus is on containing spending on the extensive welfare system and planning for the time when petroleum reserves are depleted.
In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU.
(Source: various sources)
border countries: Denmark, Finland, Russia, Sweden
short form: Norge
int'l long form: Kingdom of Norway
int'l short form: Norway
ISO Country Code: no
Time Zone: Central European Time (CET)
Local Time = UTC +1h
Actual Time: Thu-Jan-19 01:15
Daylight Saving Time (DST) 27 March - 30 October (UTC +2h)
Country Calling Code: +47
Capital City: Oslo
Bergen (236 000), Trondheim (153 000), Stavanger (111 000), Bærum (102 000).
Type: Hereditary constitutional monarchy.
Constitution: 17 May 1814.
Location: Northern Europe.
Area: : 323,802 km² (125,020 sq. mi.)
(not included the island territories of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (62,422 km²))
Terrain: Rugged with high plateaus, steep fjords, mountains, and fertile valleys.
Climate: Temperate along the coast, colder inland.
Nationality: Noun and adjective--Norwegian(s).
Population: 5 million (2012)
Ethnic Groups: Norwegian, Sami 20 000; foreign nationals (315 000) from Nordic and other countries.
Religions: Evangelical Lutheran, 86%; other Christian, 4%; Muslim.
Languages: Bokmaal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities, English is widely spoken.
Natural resources: Petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, titanium, pyrites, nickel, fish, timber, hydropower.
Agriculture products: Barley, wheat, potatoes; pork, beef, veal, milk; fish.
Industries: Petroleum and gas, food processing, shipbuilding, pulp and paper products, metals, chemicals, timber, mining, textiles, fishing.
Exports partners: UK 21.3%, Germany 13%, Netherlands 9.6%, USA 8.7%, France 8.2%, Sweden 7.4% (2003)
Imports partners: Sweden 16.1%, Germany 13.3%, Denmark 7.9%, UK 7.2%, USA 5.2%, Netherlands 4.5%, China 4.4%, France 4.3%, Italy 4% (2003)
Currency: Norwegian kroner, NOK
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Official Sites of NorwayDet Norske Kongehus
The Royal Family of Norway.
The Norwegian Parliament.
Statsministerens kontor (SMK)
Office of the Primeminister.
Government Administration Services, Norway's official government information portal.
Norwegian public information.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway.
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
Established in 1959 in order to promote a better understanding of international issues in Norway.
Norway - Mission to the United Nations
Site of the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN.
The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Norwegian Embassies and Delegations on the web
Norwegian Diplomatic Missions around the World.
Statistics Norway, Norway in figures.
Norwegian Meteorological Institute.
Map of Norway
Political Map of Norway.
Google Earth Norway
Searchable map and satellite view of Norway.
Google Earth Oslo
Searchable map and satellite view of Norway's capital city.
Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.
Norway's largest newspaper with national and international news (in Norwegian and English).
Norwegian News (in Norwegian).
Norway's second largest tabloid newspaper.
Norwegian largest tabloid newspaper.
Norway's leading business publication.
Norwegian online news in English.
Norwegian online portal with news in Norwegian.
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Arts & CultureCarte Blanche
The Norwegian Company of Contemporary Dance.
All about Henrik Ibsen.
The Kon-Tiki Museum
Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki Museum Institute for Pacific Research and Cultural history.
Culture Net Norway, the official gateway to Norwegian culture on the web (in Norwegian).
Lillehammer Art Museum
Norwegian visual art from the 1830s up until today.
The Edvard Munch Museum, Oslo.
Part of Kulturnett Norge, offers information about more than 800 Norwegian museums.
The National Gallery.
The National Museum of Contemporary Art
Norwegian and international contemporary art from 1945 until present.
The Northern Lights Planetarium, Norway's foremost planetarium, Tromsø.
A mythical world - Ultima Thule.
Den Norske Opera
Official site of the Norwegian National Opera.
Norwegian culture (in Norwegian).
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Business & EconomyNorges Bank
The Norwegian central bank.
Norway's Stock Exchange.
Oslo Chamber of Commerce.
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)
Europe's second most efficient airport in 2008.
NSB - Norges Statsbaner
Hurtigruten - Coastal Express
The world's most beautiful voyage - all along the Norwegian coast.
Products of Norway
Dale of Norway
Norwegian sweaters and cardigans.
Destination Norway - Travel and Tour GuidesThe Norwegian Tourist Guide
Official travel guide to Norway, a unique and exotic destination.
All about norway made in norway by norwegians.
Touristinformation for Mo i Rana and the Arctic Circle area.
Tourist Magazine Norway
Introduction to Norway inclusive "The History Of The Trolls".
The official website for Oslo.
The city of Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords.
City of Sortland
To celebrate the millennium, the city of Sortland, is being painted blue.
Hotels in Norway
Find a Hotel in Norway.
Homepage of the Sami Nation.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
EducationNorwegian University of Science and Technology
Universitetet i Bergen
University of Bergen.
University of Oslo
Norway's largest and oldest university, founded in 1811.
Universitetet i Tromsø
Environment & NatureMinistry for the Environment
Official website of the ministry with information about Norway's environmental policy.
Fjords, mountains, waterfalls and glaciers.
Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
Marine resources, marine environment, and aquaculture.
Norway Polar Institute
Norway's central institution for research, environmental monitoring and mapping of the polar regions.
HistoryOdin - The history of Norway
Article about Norway's history.
National Archives of Norway.
A chronology of important dates.
Norwegian Search Engine
Additional Information on NorwayBBC News Country Profile: Norway
The Columbia Encyclopedia: Norway
Governments on the WWW: Norway
Norway Basic Facts
Open Directory: Norway
The World Factbook -- Norway
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