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Kongeriket Norge

Kingdom of Norway

Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994; conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, Norway abandoned neutrality and became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway’s economic fortunes. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country’s extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.

Tourism Information...
Norway
www.visitnorway.com
The Best of Norway...
Norway's Most Popular Sights...

Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  

  • Alesund
  • Atlantic Ocean Road
  • Bergen
    • The Hanseatic Wharf
    • Hardanger Fjord
    • Mount Ulriken
  • Flåm
  • Geiranger Fjord
  • Lillehammer
  • Lofoten Islands
  • Lysefjord – Stavanger
  • Oslo
    • Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
    • Norwegian Opera House
    • Vigeland Museum
    • Vigelandsparken
    • Viking Ship Museum
  • Pulpit Rock-Forsand
  • Sognefjord
  • Svalbard Islands
  • Trondheim
  • TromsoTrolltunga – Odda

Flag_of_NorwayCounties of Norway…

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Akershus
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Aust-Agder
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Buskerud
Flag_of_Finnmark_County.svg
Finnmark
Flag_of_Hedmark_County.svg
Hedmark
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Hordaland
Flag_of_Møre_og_Romsdal_County.svg
Møre_og_Romsdal
Flag_of_Nord-Trøndelag_County.svg
Nord-Trøndelag
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Nordland
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Oppland
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Oslo
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Rogaland
141px-Flag_of_Sogn_og_Fjordane.svg
Sogn_og_Fjordane
Flag_of_Sør-Trøndelag_County.svg
Sør-Trøndelag
Flag_of_Telemark_County.svg
Telemark
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Troms
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Vest-Agder
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Vestfold
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Østfold
 

Country Information...
 
Capital Oslo
Largest City Oslo
Government Constitutional Monarchy and Parliamentary Democracy
Currency Kroner (NOK)
Area total: 323,802 km2 water: 19,520 km2 land: 304,282 km2ranked
Population 5,265,158 (July 2016 est.) ranked 121st
Language Bokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities
note: Sami is an official language in nine municipalities
Ethnic Groups Norwegian 94.4% (includes Sami, about 60,000), other European 3.6%, other 2% (2007 est.)
Religion Church of Norway (Evangelical Lutheran – official) 82.1%, other Christian 3.9%, Muslim 2.3%, Roman Catholic 1.8%, other 2.4%, unspecified 7.5% (2011 est.)
Electricity 230V, 50Hz (European or Italian plug)
Country code +47
Internet TLD .no
Time Zone CET (UTC+1)
Drives on the Right
Anthem Ja, vi esker dette lander ” Yes We Love This Country “
Motto Alt for Norge “Everything for Norway”
Monarch Harald V
Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Holidays and Observances in Norway in 2020
Date   Name Type Flag Day
Jan 1 Wednesday New Year’s Day National holiday
Jan 21 Tuesday Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s day Flag day
Feb 6 Thursday The Saami people’s day Flag day
Feb 9 Sunday Mother’s Day Observance  
Feb 14 Friday Valentine’s Day Observance  
Feb 21 Friday King Harald V’s day Flag day
Feb 23 Sunday Carnival Observance  
Mar 20 Friday March Equinox Season  
Mar 29 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts Clock change/Daylight Saving Time  
Apr 5 Sunday Palm Sunday Observance  
Apr 9 Thursday Maundy Thursday National holiday  
Apr 10 Friday Good Friday National holiday  
Apr 11 Saturday Holy Saturday Observance  
Apr 12 Sunday Easter Sunday National holiday
Apr 13 Monday Easter Monday National holiday  
May 1 Friday Labor day National holiday, Flag day
May 8 Friday Day of liberation Observance, Flag day
May 17 Sunday 17 May Constitution Day (1814) National holiday, Flag day
May 21 Thursday Ascension Day National holiday  
May 30 Saturday Pentecost Eve Observance  
May 31 Sunday Whit Sunday National holiday
Jun 1 Monday Whit Monday National holiday  
Jun 7 Sunday Dissolution of union with Sweden (1905) Flag day
Jun 20 Saturday June Solstice Season  
Jun 23 Tuesday Midsummer Eve Observance  
Jun 24 Wednesday St. John’s day Observance  
Jul 4 Saturday Queen Sonja’s day Flag day
Jul 20 Monday Crown Prince Haakon’s day Flag day
Jul 29 Wednesday St. Olaf’s day Flag day
Aug 19 Wednesday Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s day Flag day
Sep 22 Tuesday September Equinox Season  
Oct 24 Saturday United Nations Day Observance  
Oct 25 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends Clock change/Daylight Saving Time  
Oct 31 Saturday Halloween Observance  
Nov 8 Sunday Father’s Day Observance  
Nov 29 Sunday First Advent Sunday National holiday  
Dec 6 Sunday Second Advent Sunday National holiday  
Dec 13 Sunday Third Advent Sunday National holiday  
Dec 20 Sunday Fourth Advent Sunday National holiday  
Dec 21 Monday December Solstice Season  
Dec 24 Thursday Christmas Eve Observance  
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day National holiday
Dec 26 Saturday Boxing Day National holiday  
Dec 31 Thursday New Year’s Eve Observance