Facts about Norway
Visit Norway with the enchanting and famous Norwegian fjords and discover Norway's culture, cities, nature and much more...
Norway is world-famous for its beautiful nature, especially the Norwegian fjords. Also, the many national parks are impressing with mountains, ice-blue glaciers, deep green forests, lakes, and beautiful green valleys and pastures. Norway is one of the three Scandinavian countries, together with Denmark and Sweden and Norway is ranked as one of the best countries to live in and it has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
The Norwegian coastline is 25,148 km, but including the long fjords, mainland and the numerous small islands the length is more than 57,000 km. At the west coast, the coastline is deeply indented by fjords, and many cruise companies have tours in that area.
Every year in Oslo the Nobel Pease Prize is awarded by the Norwegian committee.
Discover the northern lights and midnight sun in northern Norway
In the winter the sun never rises above the horizon and this makes northern Norway the perfect spot to watch the northern lights. The northern light season is from September to April
In northern Norway, you can from September to April discover the Northern Lights and the sun never rises above the horizon.
Norway´s major cities
Norway has borders to Finland, Sweden and Russia and the coastline facing the North Atlantic Ocean. The Gulf stream is running along the Norwegian coast and the climate here is mild and quite wet and to the north and east, the winters are longer and colder.
See more: What to see and do in Oslo
The Norwegian fjords are world renown
Norwegian nature can be just as wild as it is beautiful. The weather may change quickly in the mountains – from bright sunshine to rain, dense fog and strong winds.
See more: Experience the Norwegian Fjords
Norway is the home of skiing
A Norwegian proverb claims that ‘Norwegians are born with skis on their feet’ and Norway is undoubtedly a winter sports nation, with skiing and cross-country in particular as the two most beloved sports.
Norway is undoubtedly a winter sports nation, with skiing and cross-country in particular as the two most beloved sports. The Norwegians appreciate their family, friends and leisure activities, and on weekends they love to go hiking in nature, skiing, biking or other outdoor activities. Norwegians are "born with skis on their feet" goes the saying. The best-known skiing areas are in Lillehammer, Beitostolen, Dovrefjell, Rondane, Hallingdal and Valdres.
Alpine skiing and snowboarding are offered more than 500 ski centres here to mention Hafjell, Trysil, Kvitfjell and Hemsedal. The ski season lasts from November to Easter.
Today extreme sports like freeskiing, kiteboarding, downhill and mountain bike racing, rock climbing, rafting, parachuting, and BASE jumping are becoming increasingly popular.
More Norway facts
King Harald V. has been the head of state since 1991. The king has no political power but performs ceremonial duties. Norway has a parliamentary democracy and is one of the most democracies countries in the world. The parliament is called Stortinget.
Important values in Norway are economic, social and gender equality and openness and equal rights in general – such as economic, social and gender equality.
In Norway are living 5.300 million people and Norway is the third happiest people in the world, according to the 2019 World Happiness Report. Other top countries on the list are their Nordic neighbours, Finland (no.1) and Denmark (no.2).
Norway is the world’s largest exporter of salmon.
Famous people from Norway
Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen are widely regarded as influential figures in the history of art and literature.
Today, actually Noway is the world’s biggest exporter of black metal music and the recent years the so-called Nordic noir literary genre has been very popular and here to mention are authors as Jo Nesbø and Karin Fossum
Norway is still a major exporter of culture …. ( and is actually the world’s biggest exporter of black metal music). Another global hit in recent years has been the so-called Nordic noir literary genre, led by the authors Jo Nesbø and Karin Fossum, among others.
Norway - and Allemannsretten
The country has a very high standard of living and a good health system like the other Nordic countries. The major industries in Norway are chemicals, food processing, metals, gas and oil, shipping, pulp, and paper products.
In 1957 The Outdoors Recreation Act (Allemannsretten) gave the possibility for everyone to get access to the open country, even if it is private property. In Norway, there is a network of well-maintained trails and cabins.