Map of Norway
Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The Kingdom of Norway is a Nordic country
west of Sweden on the Scandinavian Peninsula.
It has a very elongated form and has an extensive
coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean,
where Norway's famous fjords are found.
It borders Sweden, Russia and Finland.
The nearby island territories of Svalbard and
Jan Mayen are under Norwegian sovereignty.
Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic Ocean
and Peter I Island in the South Pacific
Ocean are Norwegian dependencies.
Additionally, Norway has a claim for
Dronning Maud Land in the Antarctica.
Official languages; Norwegian, with Saami in special regions.
King; Harald V
Prime minister; Kjell Magne Bondevik
Area; 386,000 kmē
Declared - June 7, 1905
Recognised - Separation from Sweden - October 26, 1905
Time zone; UTC +1
National anthem; Ja, vi elsker dette landet
Internet TLD; .NO
Phone Calling Code; 47
The Viking period (9th to 11th centuries) was
one of national unification and expansion.
The Norwegian royal line died out in 1387,
and the country entered a period of union
with Denmark, since 1450 bound by treaty.
This marked the start of what is known in
Norway as the "400-year night", as the
weaker part in a union with Denmark.
After Denmark sided with Napoleon,
Norway was ceded to Sweden in 1814.
Growing Norwegian irritation during the
19th century with having to deal with
a government in Stockholm spawned the
dissolution of the Norway-Sweden union
in 1905, when the Norwegian government
offered the throne of Norway
to Danish Prince Carl.
After a plebiscite approving the
establishment of a monarchy, the
Parliament unanimously elected him king.
He took the name of Haakon VII,
after the kings of independent Norway.
Norway was a nonbelligerent during
World War I, but as a result of
the German invasion and occupation
during World War II, Norwegians
generally became skeptical of the
concept of neutrality and turned
instead to collective security.
Norway was one of the signers of the
North Atlantic Treaty in 1949 and
was a founding member of the United Nations.
Norway has twice voted against joining
the European Union (in 1972 and 1994),
but is associated with it via the
European Economic Area.
Official governmental portal
For a more information about
Norway see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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