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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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Culture of Norway - Oslo
Culture of Norway Culture of Norway is distinct from any other European country. Situated far from centers of culture such as Florence, Rome and Paris, Norwegian culture has often been isolated from major European cultural trends and developments. Yet you will find a strong cultural background of Norway. Constituting many tourist attractions, Culture of Norway facilitates tourism in Norway. The main influence on the Culture of Norway is that of the Vikings. Findings from burial sites of Vikings indicate that they were great shipbuilders with a strongly-developed artistic tradition represented in crafts, wood carving and jewelry. These significant aspects of Culture of Norway passed on to those parts of Europe which the Vikings occup...

New Year in Norway - Oslo
New Year in Norway New Year in Norway is a time of celebrations, merry making and revelry. It is a time to usher in the New Year with happiness and joy. It is the festive season for Norwegians who celebrates this festival with enthusiasm and passion. The people of Norway like to welcome the New Year in style and immerse themselves in the festivities. When it comes to celebrating the New Year's Eve in Norway, Norway has its own distinctness and its own style and way of celebrating it. Families, friends, old and young and small and big all come together to share the joy and revel in the festive mood. It is the time of partying and carousing. It is both a social and a family occasion where people reserve their time for friends and famil...

Weather in Norway - Oslo
Weather in Norway Weather in Norway is much warmer than what might be expected from its location geographically. It is due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream that most of the land of Norway falls within the zone of the temperate climate. Weather in Norway varies significantly from the coastal to the inland areas. The regions near the coast have a climate that has mild winters. The summer months are considerably cooler. The interior parts of Norway have a continental climate along with winters that are much cooler. But the summers are quite warmer. Oslo has this particular kind of climate. Norway is a Scandinavian country and it has a climate that fluctuates considerably from year to year. This happens especially in most of the north...

Festivals and Events in Norway - Oslo
Festivals and Events in Norway There are a number of Festivals and Events in Norway that draw a large number of tourists from all over the world. The colorful and glamorous Norway Festivals and Events give you a great chance to come close to the culture and heritage of the local folks. If you want to celebrate your familiar festivals in a different way, be a part of the festivities in Norway. Festivals and Events in Norway facilitate tourism in Norway as well. Norway Festivals provide you with the ideal space to enjoy the carnivals. Festivals and Events in Norway not only include traditional festivals like Christmas and New Year, some events that are characteristically Norwegian are also a part of the Festivals and Events in Norway. Some of the m...

Shopping in Norway - Oslo
Shopping in Norway Your visit to the land would be incomplete if you do not indulge in Shopping in Norway. There are numerous articles that you might want to purchase. There might be a special souvenir that you would like to carry back home from your tour from Norway. Shopping in Norway is bound to be a pleasurable experience because of the large varieties of things that are there. Do visit the malls to have a wonderful shopping spree in Norway. In the cities and villages of Norway you will find numerous shops that specialize in the different traditional arts and crafts. This is not all. You will also find the as new designs that are inspired by tradition. Shopping in Norway will surely be a pleasure filled experience. The reason ...