Quick Facts About Norway
Norway is officially known as Kingdom of Norway. It is a Nordic country located in northern Europe. It is part of the Scandinavian Peninsula and has a total area of 385,252 km². It has a population of approximately 4.8 million, one of the most sparsely populated in Europe.
1.) Norway is rank as the third wealthiest country in the world in monetary value, with the largest capital reserve per capita of any nation.
2.) Norway was ranked highest of all countries in human development from 2001 to 2007 and then again in 2009.
3.) From the month of May to July, the sun never completely descends beneath the horizon. For this reason, Norway is descriptively known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. During the same period, the rest of Norway experiences up to 20 hours of daylight per day.
4.) On the opposite, from the month of November to January, the sun never ascends above the horizon in the northern part of Norway. During the same period, daylight hours are very short in the rest of the country.
5.) Main source of Norway’s wealth comes from oil and natural gas from North Sea and Norwegian Sea.
6.) Norway is the 5th largest oil exporter in the world.
7.) Norwegian krone, the country’s currency unit, is one of the most solid currencies in the world.
8.) As exporter of sea foods, Norway was the second largest exporter in 2006, next to People’s Republic of China.
9.) Norway maintains a Scandinavian welfare model with universal health-care, subsidized higher education, and a comprehensive social security system.
10.) Norway was rated as the world’s most peaceful country in 2007 based on a survey by Global Peace Index.
11.) Norway has a king that acts as the head of state making the country a constitutional monarchy.
12.) As a parliamentary democracy, Norway’s government is run by a prime minister.
13.) Norway is one of the few European countries that rejected membership to the European Union (EU).
14.) Norway remains one of the biggest financial contributors to the United Nations and participates with UN forces in international missions.
15.) According to a recent Gallup poll, only 20% of Norwegians say that religion occupies an important place in their life, making Norway one of the most secular countries of the world.