Welcome to 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 impressive with mountains, ice-blue glaciers, deep green forests, lakes, and beautiful green valleys and pastures. Norway is one of the three Scandinavian countries; with Denmark and Sweden, Norway is ranked as one of the best countries to live in and has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
The Norwegian coastline is 25,148 km, but including the long fjords, mainland, and numerous small islands, the length is more than 100,000 km.
Every year in Oslo, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place by the Norwegian committee.
The northern lights and midnight sun
In the north of Norway, the sun never sets during the summer, so that you can see the sun 24/7. This fantastic view is called the midnight sun.
The sun never rises above the horizon in the winter, making northern Norway the perfect spot to watch the Northern Lights, and the season is from September to April.
In northern Norway, you can discover the Northern Lights from September to April, and the sun never rises above the horizon.
See more: Northern Lights and midnight sun in Tromsø
Norway´s major cities
Norway has borders with Finland, Sweden and Russia and the coastline face the North Atlantic Ocean. The Gulf stream runs along the Norwegian coast, and the climate here is mild and relatively wet, and to the north and east, the winters are longer and colder.
Oslo is the capital with about 635,000 inhabitants. Other major cities are Bergen, Trondheim, Tromsø and Stavanger . Europe´s northernmost point is North Cape.
See more: What to see and do in Oslo
The Norwegian fjords are world renown
Norway has the highest concentration of fjords in the world. The Geiranger Fjord and the Nærøy fjord is on the Unesco World Heritage List.
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 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 as the two most beloved sports. The Norwegians appreciate their family, friends and leisure activities, and on weekends they love hiking in nature, skiing, biking or other outdoor activities.
The best-known skiing areas are Lillehammer, Beitostolen, Dovrefjell, Rondane, Hallingdal and Valdres.
Many ski centres offer Alpine skiing and snowboarding, including Hafjell, Trysil, Kvitfjell and Hemsedal. The ski season lasts from November to Easter.
Extreme sports like freeskiing, kiteboarding, downhill and mountain bike racing, rock climbing, rafting, parachuting, and BASE jumping are becoming increasingly popular.
In 1957 The Outdoors Recreation Act (Allemannsretten) allowed everyone to access the open country, even private property. In Norway, there is a network of well-maintained trails and cabins.
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 democratic countries in the world. The parliament is called Stortinget.
Essential values in Norway are economic, social and gender equality and openness and equal rights in general – such as financial, social and gender equality.
In Norway are living 5.300 million people live, and Norway is the third happiest in the world, according to the 2022 World Happiness Report. Other top countries are their Nordic neighbours, Finland (no.1) and Denmark (no.2).
Norway is the world’s largest exporter of salmon.
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Famous people from Norway
Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen are widely regarded as influential figures in the history of art and literature.
Today noway is the world’s biggest exporter of black metal music. The so-called Nordic noir literary genre has been prevalent in recent years. Here we will mention authors like Jo Nesbø and Karin Fossum.
Major industries in Norway
The country has a very high standard of living and a sound 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.