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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.

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Norway Tourism Information…

Agder
East Norway
Northern Norway
Trøndelag
Western Norway

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Norway Tourism Information…

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

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Norway Country Information…

Capital:

Oslo

Largest City:

Oslo

Government:

Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Currency:

Kroner (NOK)

Area:

total: 323,802 km2 water: 19,520 km2 land: 304,282 km2ranked

Climate:

Temperate along coast, modified by North Atlantic Current; colder interior with increased precipitation and colder summers; rainy year- round on west coast

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 plug C, F )

Telephone Code:

+47

Local Emergency Phone Number:

112, 110

Internet TLD:

.no

Time Zone:

CET (UTC+1) Summer CEST (UTC+2) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Road Driving Side:

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

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Holidays and Observances in Norway in 2020

Date NameTypeFlag Day
Jan 1WednesdayNew Year’s DayNational holiday
Jan 21TuesdayPrincess Ingrid Alexandra’s dayFlag day
Feb 6ThursdayThe Saami people’s dayFlag day
Feb 9SundayMother’s DayObservance 
Feb 14FridayValentine’s DayObservance 
Feb 21FridayKing Harald V’s dayFlag day
Feb 23SundayCarnivalObservance 
Mar 20FridayMarch EquinoxSeason 
Mar 29SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Apr 5SundayPalm SundayObservance 
Apr 9ThursdayMaundy ThursdayNational holiday 
Apr 10FridayGood FridayNational holiday 
Apr 11SaturdayHoly SaturdayObservance 
Apr 12SundayEaster SundayNational holiday
Apr 13MondayEaster MondayNational holiday 
May 1FridayLabor dayNational holiday, Flag day
May 8FridayDay of liberationObservance, Flag day
May 17Sunday17 May Constitution Day (1814)National holiday, Flag day
May 21ThursdayAscension DayNational holiday 
May 30SaturdayPentecost EveObservance 
May 31SundayWhit SundayNational holiday
Jun 1MondayWhit MondayNational holiday 
Jun 7SundayDissolution of union with Sweden (1905)Flag day
Jun 20SaturdayJune SolsticeSeason 
Jun 23TuesdayMidsummer EveObservance 
Jun 24WednesdaySt. John’s dayObservance 
Jul 4SaturdayQueen Sonja’s dayFlag day
Jul 20MondayCrown Prince Haakon’s dayFlag day
Jul 29WednesdaySt. Olaf’s dayFlag day
Aug 19WednesdayCrown Princess Mette-Marit’s dayFlag day
Sep 22TuesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason 
Oct 24SaturdayUnited Nations DayObservance 
Oct 25SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Oct 31SaturdayHalloweenObservance 
Nov 8SundayFather’s DayObservance 
Nov 29SundayFirst Advent SundayNational holiday 
Dec 6SundaySecond Advent SundayNational holiday 
Dec 13SundayThird Advent SundayNational holiday 
Dec 20SundayFourth Advent SundayNational holiday 
Dec 21MondayDecember SolsticeSeason 
Dec 24ThursdayChristmas EveObservance 
Dec 25FridayChristmas DayNational holiday
Dec 26SaturdayBoxing DayNational holiday 
Dec 31ThursdayNew Year’s EveObservance