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Norway , Noreg or Norga , officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a country in Northern Europe occupying the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, as well as Jan Mayen and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard under the Spitsbergen Treaty. The majority of the country shares a border to the east with Sweden; its northernmost region is bordered by Finland to the south and Russia to the east. The United Kingdom and Faroe Islands lie to its west across the North Sea, Iceland and Greenland lies to its west across the Norwegian Sea, and Denmark lies south of its southern tip across the Skagerrak Strait. Bouvet Island and Peter I Island are dependent territories of Norway, but not considered part of the Kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land, a claim that has been recognised by Australia, France, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Norway's extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea, is home to its famous fjords. After the Second World War, the country has experienced rapid economic growth, particularly as a result of large oil deposits discovered in the early 1970s. Today it ranks amongst the wealthiest countries in the world, with the largest capital reserve per capita of any nation. Norway is the world’s fourth largest oil exporter and the petroleum industry accounts for around a quarter of its GDP. Following the ongoing financial crisis of 2007-2009, bankers have deemed the Norwegian krone to be one of the most solid currencies in the world. Norway also has rich resources of gas fields, hydropower, fish, forests, and minerals. The country was the second largest exporter of seafood in 2006. Other main industries include shipping, food processing, shipbuilding, metals, chemicals, mining, fishing and pulp and paper products. Norway maintains a Scandinavian welfare model with universal healthcare, subsidised higher education and a comprehensive social security system. Norway was ranked highest of all countries in human development from 2001 to 2006. It was also rated the most peaceful country in the world in a 2007 survey by Global Peace Index. Although having rejected EU membership at two referendums, it maintains close ties with the Union and its member countries; as well as with the United States. It is considered a prominent participant in diplomacy and international development, having been heavily involved with the failed Oslo Accords and negotiated a truce between the Sri Lanka government and the Tamil Tigers. Norway remains one of the biggest financial contributors to the UN, and participates with forces in international missions, notably in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Sudan. A unitary state with administrative sub-divisions on two levels known as counties and municipalities , Norway is a constitutional, hereditary monarchy and parliamentary democracy, with King Harald V as its Head of State. The Sámi people have a certain amount of self-determination and influence over traditional territories through the Sámi Parliament and the Finnmark Act. It is a founding member of UN, NATO, the Council of Europe and the Nordic Council, and member of the European Economic Area, WTO and OECD.

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Norway: Money & Costs - Oslo
Norway: Money & Costs Norway can be very expensive, but if you tighten your belt there are ways to take out some of the sting. If you use only camping grounds and prepare your own meals you might squeak by for US$35.00 a day. If you stay at hostels, breakfast at a bakery, lunch at an inexpensive restaurant and shop at a grocery store for dinner, you should be able to get by for US$60.00 a day. If you stay at 'cheap' hotels that include a buffet breakfast, have one meal at a moderately priced restaurant and snack for the other meal, expect to spend US$85.00 a day. This is still pretty bare-bones - entertainment, alcohol and transport costs are all extra. Post offices and banks exchange major foreign currencies and accept all travellers' ...

Travel to Sortland:Norway's Blue City - Sortland
Travel to Sortland:Norway's Blue City If you're a native of Sortland, in Norway's Vesterålen region, you don't waste time writing nasty letters to the guidebook publishers--instead, you use 50,000 litres of paint to create The Blue City of the North. The inspiration for The Blue City came from Bjørn Elvenes (see photo), whose concept led to the formation of a private steering committee in 1998. Elvenes, a local artist, had chosen blue as a symbol of Sortland's maritime and fishing heritage. His idea was to paint all 17 blocks of the inner city in various shades of blue, with judicious use of contrasting colors to create a distinct identity and three-dimensional presence for each building within an overall design motif. The first buildings--mainly s...

An Insight Into Norway - Oslo
An Insight Into Norway Well, Norway is a very fascinating and gorgeous place which is considered a Scandinavian country being positioned in Northern Europe. So, over here you will come across a short passage of information which will be helpful should you wish to plan a trip or simply just learn more about the country! Well, Norway is country which is almost covered with a large region of mainland and is associated with island territories. Well, are you aware about its official name? The authorized name of Norway is as the Kingdom of Norway. The total mass area covered by Norway is about approximately 150,000 square miles. Well, If you make a comparison between New Mexico which is present in The United States and Norway than you will fin...

When To Go Norway - Oslo
When To Go Norway Norway is at its best and brightest from May to September. Late spring is a particularly pleasant time - fruit trees are in bloom, daylight hours are long, the weather is mild and most hostels and sights are open but uncrowded. Summers are marked by the phenomena of the midnight sun, especially north of the Arctic Circle. At Nordkapp, in the far north, the sun stays out from 13 May to 29 July, but nowhere in the country - even the far south, experiences true darkness between late May and late July. Unless you're heavily into winter skiing or searching for the Aurora Borealis of the polar nights, Norway's cold, dark winters are not the prime time to visit, and many hostels and camp grounds outside of major cities cl...

Adventure Tours in Norway - Lom
Adventure Tours in Norway The Adventure Tours in Norway adds the zing to your tours. It is all the more pleasurable because the land is with pure wilderness. You will find the most dramatic mountain country which is found in the Jotunheimen National Park and there is also the Rondane National Park. Both of these serve as just the right place for these Adventure Tours in Norway. You can go for the Adventure Tours in Norway only during the summer months when there is ample daylight. The Adventure Tours in Norway features some of the best mountain hiking in the whole of Europe. Participants in the Adventure Tours in Norway will get the chance to explore the towering saw tooth peaks, trek in the spray of beautiful yet powerful waterfalls, trave...