36 Stunning Facts About Norway

Norway is one of the most beautiful Scandinavian countries, with a rich history, stunning scenery, and friendly people. Norwegians benefit from natural resources such as fish, forests, minerals, and petroleum. It is located between Sweden and the Norwegian Sea. Norway is famous for its fjords, mountains, and the midnight sun. Jante Law is a pillar of Norway’s strictly egalitarian culture. Jante Law prioritizes values such as humility, respect, simplicity, and equality.

  1. The official name of the country is the kingdom of Norway. Whereas in the Norwegian language, the country is called Norge.
  2. The country shares a major of its border with Sweden to the east, Finland and Russia to the north-east, Skagerrak strait, and Denmark to the south. It has an extensive coastline facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents sea.
  3. In Norway, all the income and wealth of all residents are on public records. So that means citizens of the country can legally go through the tax return of every citizen.
  4. There are two ways of writing the official Norwegian language bokmål and Nynorsk.
  5. The purple heather is the national flower of the country.
    Purple Heather FLowers ©Pixabay
  6. Since the year 1901, all the Nobel prizes in physics, chemistry, physiology, or medicine are awarded in the Oslo state of Norway.
  7. Some great inventions were made by the nordic. Some of them are the heart rate monitor, the speakers, the three-pointed set belt, cambered ice skis, the cheese cutter, and the trip trap chair.
  8. According to the world happiness index, Norway is the third happiest country globally with a score of 7.554. Finland comes on the first, and Denmark attains the second spot.
  9. The country does have a national fish which is the codfish.
  10. Norway has the world’s northernmost above the sea level volcano known as the Beerenberg. It is also the only active volcano in the country and was last erupted in the year 1985.
    Volcano In Norway ©Pixabay
  11. Norway is the best country and takes the first rank in the entire planet in terms of the press freedom index.
  12. The country has eight world heritage sites, including seven cultural and one natural site.
  13. There is also one transnational site that is shared among nine other countries and is known as the Struve Geodetic Arc.
  14. There is a village in the western part of the country named hell.
  15. The Lærdal Tunnel, located approximately 175-200 kilometers(109-124 miles) northeast of the city of Bergen, is the longest road tunnel in the world. The length is 24.51 kilometers long, connecting the municipalities of Lærdal and Aurland in Vestland county.
    Longest tunnel in norway the Lærdal Tunnel ©Pixabay
  16. The salmon sushi, which is quite a popular dish in Japan, was actually introduced by Norway in the 1980s.
  17. The country has midnight sun in the summers and polar nights in the winters. This means that the sun keeps shining for 24 hours in the summers, and in winters, the sun does not rise for several weeks, resulting in complete darkness for 24 hours.
  18. Norway has 450,000 lakes, out of which Mjøsa lake is the biggest covering 362 km2.
  19. Norway has the 11th highest per capita income in the world and one of the highest in Europe, with around $71,800.
  20. Bouvet Island of Norway is the most remote island on planet earth. The closest land to the islands is the queen maud land of Antarctica which is over 1,750 km (1,090 mi) away to the south.
    Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center. via Wikimedia Commons (Bouvet-Island)
  21. Norway tops the charts in terms of human development index (HDI) with a score of 0.954. Switzerland is second, and Ireland comes third.
  22. The country has the 2nd most coffee consumption per capita on the planet.
  23. Galdhøpiggen is the highest mountain peak in the country, with an elevation of 2,469 meters (8100 ft).
  24. Jostedalsbreen glacier is the largest glacier in the European continent and is situated in the Westland county of Fjord, Norway. It covers 487 square kilometers with ice up to 600 meters thick.
  25. Norway has the biggest coastline in Europe and 2nd biggest in the world, with a coastline of 58,133 Km just after Canada.
    A Coastline In Norway ©Unsplash
  26. Almost 23 percent, or 72000 km2 of the total land of Norway, is covered in productive forests.
  27. The top 5 exports of Norway are:
    • Petroleum Gas ($37.2 Billion).
    • Crude Petroleum ($33 Billion).
    • Refined petroleum ($6.97 Billion).
    • Non-fillet Fresh Fish ($6.79 Billion).
    • Raw Aluminium ($3.29 Billion).
  28. Norway has 47 national parks in total, out of which 40 are on the mainland and 7 on Svalbard.
  29. Tønsberg is the oldest city in Norway and was founded by Vikings in the 9th century.
  30. Norway has 9 out of the 20 highest waterfalls on the planet earth.
    A Waterfall in Norway ©Pixabay
  31. Norway was one of the first countries that allowed women to vote. Women were allowed to vote in the year 1907.
  32. Despite Being one of the top exporters of gasoline, the country comes on the 4th spot in terms of most expensive gasoline prices in the world.
  33. The royal national animal of Norway is the lion, and the white-throated dipper is its national bird.
  34. Norway has a national horse, too, which is the Fjord horse.
  35. Northern lights or often called auroras, can be seen in the country from the month of October to march.
    Northern Lights In Norway ©Pixabay
  36. The country is the 7th least corrupted in the world.

  • POPULATION: 53.7 lakhs
  • GDP NOMINAL: $443 billion
  • GDP RANK: 22nd
  • CURRENCY: Norwegian krone
  • FOUNDED: 17 May 1814
  • FATHER OF THE NATION: Einar Gerhardsen
  • TOTAL AREA: 385,203 km2
  • AREA RANK: 41st worldwide
  • CONTINENT: Europe
  • ARMY STRENGTH: 23,250
  • ARMY RANK: 31st
  • LITERACY RATE: around 99 %
  • PER CAPITA INCOME: 69,610 PPP dollars (2019)


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