25 Nifty Facts About Norway
Looking to boost your knowledge of the world? Why not start off with these 25 interesting facts about Norway!
- Norway is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe.
- It is bordered by Finland and Russia to the northeast and Sweden to the east. It also has a coastline along the North Sea to the south, the Norwegian Sea to the west and the Barents Sea to the north.
- To explore the magical fjords for yourself, head for the coordinates of 61.0000° N, 8.0000° E to find yourself in Norway!
- The terrain in the centre of this wonderful country is a mix of high plateaus and rugged mountains, dispersed by fertile valleys. In the north there is arctic tundra, whilst along the coastline there are the many beautiful fjords which Norway is famous for.
- The total land area of Norway is 125,004 square miles (323,758 square kilometres)…
- …that’s slightly smaller than Germany.
- Norway’s population was 5,207,689 in 2015…
- …that’s around 1/40th of the population of Germany!
- Residents here are known as Norwegians.
- The capital is Oslo; it covers an area of 175 square miles (454 square kilometres) and had a population of 986,000 in 2015.
- Norwegians enjoy a temperate climate along the coastline, whilst the temperatures drop further inland.
- At 15.2 miles long, the Lærdal Tunnel in Norway is the longest road tunnel in the world!
- The official language of Norway is Norwegian.
- The cheese slicer was invented in 1925 by Thor Bjørklund, a Norwegian inventor!
- If you’d like to sample some Reker, a Norwegian dish of prawns served on fresh bread, topped with lemon juice, mayonnaise and dill (sounds delicious doesn’t it!), you’ll need to exchange your GBP to Norwegian Krone, the official currency here.
- In 2011, Norway suffered a ‘butter crisis’ where packs of butter were sold within minutes of delivery to shops! This was caused by heavy rain reducing the grazing for cattle, resulting in a 250g pack of butter selling for around £32!
- Norwegians live for an average of 82 years.
- Did you know that Norway introduced salmon sushi to Japan in the 1970’s?
- In 2008 Norway knighted a penguin that, despite living in Edinburgh Zoo, is considered a part of the Norwegian Army! Baffled? We certainly are!
- It is illegal to have your dog neutered in Norway as it is seen as cruel.
- Norway grows wheat, barley and potatoes; they also rear pigs and catch fish.
- Its industry includes petroleum and gas, pulp and paper products, food processing and shipbuilding.
- The main exports consist of petroleum and petroleum products, metals, machinery and equipment, ships, chemicals and fish.
- Despite being an exporter of petroleum, Norwegians pay some of the highest prices in Europe at the petrol pumps!
- Norway is a very ‘green’ country when it comes to electricity production; around 98% of the country’s electricity comes from renewable sources!