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Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums. Preserved 9th-century Viking ships are displayed at Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum. Bergen, with colorful wooden houses, is the starting point for cruises to the dramatic Sognefjord. Norway is also known for fishing, hiking and skiing, notably at Lillehammer’s Olympic resort.

Languages: Bokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities; note - Sami is official in six municipalities

Ethnic Groups: Norwegian 94.4% (includes Sami, about 60,000), other European 3.6%, other 2%

Belief Systems: Church of Norway 85.7%, Pentecostal 1%, Roman Catholic 1%, other Christian 2.4%, Muslim 1.8%, other 8.1%


Population: 5.02 million people (World Rank: 118th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 42.8 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 210th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.635 %/yr (World Rank: 151st) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 81.5 years (World Rank: 15th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 38.7 years (World Rank: 33rd) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Norway

Country Profile for Norway
United Nations


Current News in Norway

Norway - Facts and Information 1

Norway - Facts and Information 2
World Factbook

Culture and Tourism:

Traveling to Norway 1

Traveling to Norway 2

Events in Norway

Travel Guide for Norway

Language Resources:

Norwegian language, alphabet, and pronunciation

Learn Norwegian Online

Government Related:

Embassy of Norway

Government Websites of Norway
by Gunnar Anzinger.

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