10 Amazing Facts About Norway

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. Norway is a land of unparalleled beauty wealth and mystery. It given its off-the-grid status as well as how expensive it is to even visit. It has an area of 323,802 square km. The country’s capital and largest city is Oslo. Norwegian is its official language; Norwegian krone (NOK) is its currency. It has four bordering countries that are Sweden, Finland, Russia, and Denmark. The country has an extensive coastline facing the North Atlantic Ocean. With these facts about Norway, let us learn more about its history, geography, culture, people, economy and many other interesting facts. Here are the top 10 awesome facts about Norway:

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1. Laerdal Tunnel 

The world's longest road tunnel is in Norway named the Lærdal Tunnel. It is a 24.51-kilometre-long (15.23 mi) road tunnel connecting the municipalities of Lærdal and Aurland in Vestland county, Norway, and located approximately 175–200 kilometres (109–124 mi) northeast of Bergen.

2. Beautiful Oslo 

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo. The Norwegian capital has been the proud venue of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony every year since 1901. In fact, now Oslo is specifically recognized in a variety of surveys as being one of the most expensive cities in the world. Mercer's cost of living survey for 2015 ranked Oslo as the 38th most expensive city in the world out of 207 cities ranking higher than Paris Melbourne and Washington DC. While Norwegians themselves are in high salaries and the high tax burden pays for their well-functioning welfare system. It cannot be denied that Norway is an expensive place to live or even visit. So if you ever want to experience paying something like $15 for a beer, then you might want to head on over to Oslo to get that experience despite the high cost of living. There's also a very high standard of living and most no regions end up doing quite well in life whether they earn a tremendous amount of money or not. Yeah, The cost of living in Norway is known to be one of the highest in the world. Norway has one of the highest cost of living rates in the world. Although studying at any college is free of charge you still have to pay for books which can be very costly. The food market is very expensive in Norway. Most Norwegians will actually travel to Sweden to buy their groceries and will spend nearly 2 billion US dollars a year by doing this.

3. The Viking Festival

Much like renaissance festivals, Norway will hold annual Viking festivals. Most events will take place in a Viking farmland at Buquet. The farm has several reconstructed buildings from the Viking Age and the buildings helped to create the unique atmosphere of the festival. One can expect recreations and reenactments of the Viking Age, sword fighting interactive games for kids, souvenir shops, music, and the best part lots and lots of food.


4. Oil Wealth 

Norway has one huge advantage compared to other Nordic countries and that is oil wealth. In the 1960s the Norwegian government seized control over the NCS or Norwegian continental shelf in the hopes of taking advantage of possible oil reserves that might be there and take advantage they did. The government spent a great deal of money on exploration in an effort to find the juicy oil spots and once they did, the black goal started to flow and the rest is history. One interesting thing the Norwegian government is done in contrast to many other countries with access to large quantities of oil is to put money earned via the oil way in terms of saving. In 1990s a Norwegian government set up a sovereign oil fund. The government pension fund global as a place of store the profits from its oil riches and save for future generations. The fund is largely financed by high oil taxes oil companies are taxed up to a whopping 70 percent of their profits from Norway oil and the government only spends 4 percent of the funds assets per year. Today Norway is put away over 1 trillion dollars in money save for emergencies and future generations and the oil seems to continue to be flowing. So there is no sign of this thrift disappearing.

5. Sushi Come from Norway

Norway introduced salmon sushi to Japan. While sushi is absolutely a Japanese invention, they did not use salmon in the dish until it was suggested by a Norwegian delegation in 1980s.


6. Inventions 

Perhaps the biggest invention to come out of Norway is the modern cheese slicer also called a cheese plain, which was invented by Thor Buckland in 1925. Perhaps a more life-changing invention by a Norwegian though his mineral fertilizer which was invented in the early 20th century and by accident. Today farmers across the globe depend on mineral fertilizer to feed their crops and ultimately keep up with the ever progressing demand for food. Other breakthrough inventions include the aerosol spray can and the gas turbine.

7. Norway is Home for Various of Unique Animals

Europe's biggest herd of wild reindeer lives in Norway. The number of wild reindeer in winter totals around 25,000 animals.


8. Norwegian Cuisine

Norwegian food consists of a lot of wild game and fish that are hunted within the region. It's not uncommon for Norwegians to eat reindeer meat and smoked salmon. One of the more popular dishes in Norway is served around Christmas time and is called pinnacle. This dish is typically served with pureed Swede potatoes beer and akavit. A very interesting dish to mention that Norwegians crave is grandiose a frozen pizza. It's considered the unofficial food of Norway by Norwegians and nearly 25 million grandioso pieces are eaten every year by the small population of 5 million people.

9. Living Allowance from the Government

The income and wealth of all residents are on public record. Everyone living in Norway has to publish three figures: their annual income, income tax paid, and total wealth.  

10. Norway Isn't Powered by Oil

Around 98 percent of Norway's domestic power usage is drawn from hydroelectric power plants. Norway gets 98 percent of its electricity from hydroelectric power, but electricity rates are relatively high compared to the rest of the world. Furthermore, Norway is one of the highest crude oil exporters in the world, but will boast some of the highest petrol prices for its citizens. (Data: YT Top Lists, Prepistan, Top 10 Archive and AroundTheWorld).

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