General Information about Norway
Norway is in Northern Europe bordered by the North Atlantic Ocean on the West, and Sweden on the East and Russia and Finland in the North East. Its capital is Oslo and its population is 4.7 million. Much of the country is mountainous with many glaciers, waterfalls and fjords with only 3% of arable land. In the summer months much of the northern part of Norway experiences the sun never setting or in some case 20 out of 24 hours of daylight.
Norway is the only country in Northern Europe to still have wooden churches (known as Stave Churches) from the Middle Ages still intact and the oldest one in Luster has made the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are also several places where you can find rock carvings going back to prehistoric times. It won't be a surprise but Norway has a history of skiing that dates back 4000 years, and Norway has an amazing number of snow related activities from snow kiting to cross country skiing. There are also many hiking, biking and fishing opportunities for the outdoor adventurers.
A good variety of accommodation is available in Norway to meet most budgets from camp sites, bed and breakfasts, apartments and hostels through to five star hotels. A Norwegian local tradition is the fisherman's cabin or rorbu, originally built to house fishermen during the long fishing season, many have been converted to holiday accommodation for both local and overseas tourists.
Find Out About The Climate In Norway
The warmest month to visit Norway in the inland regions is July while January and February are the coldest with temperatures falling below zero with heavy snowfall and strong winds. Norway can experience up to 100 days of rainy weather in the inlands while along the coast the average is 150-200 days.
Geographical Information On Norway
Norway can be found in Northern Europe west of Sweden along the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea. It has a coastline of 25,148 and a total land area of 307,442 square metres. Norway's highest peak is Jotunheimen Range which is 2470 metres high. Norway has over 160,000 lakes and the largest is Lake Mjosa measuring 368 square metres. The capital city is Oslo and the total population is over 4,627,926.
Learn About The Economy In Norway
Norway's natural resources play an important role in the country's Economy with petroleum and gas contributing up to one third of the economy. Other natural resources that are strong in the economy are minerals such as copper, iron, zinc, fish, and forestry. The agricultural industry is considerably low mainly because only 3 percent of the land is arable. The service industry on the other hand provides over 50 percent of the economy. The official currency of Norway is the Krone and can be divided into 100 Ore.
Festivals and Events
Discover What's On In Norway
There is so much to see and do in Norway all throughout the year for the entire family. One of the most important events on the calendar is Norwegian National Day held on the 17 of May each year. The day is full of celebrations with the towns people wearing national costumes marching through the streets. If you love boats then June is the month to visit to see the festivities of Helly Hansen Faerder'n with more than 1100 boats being featured in the famous Norwegian yacht race. August through to September is the time to visit to taste some traditional Norwegian food with the Norwegian Food Festival.
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European Explorer would like to wish you an enjoyable stay in Norway.