NORWAY
Updated 29 August 2012
Kingdom of Norway is located in the north of the European Continent, with a population of 4,707,270, making it the
1
20th largest national population. Its capital and largest city is Oslo with a total population of 613,285. The country
encompasses 323,802 square kilometers making it the 61st largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with
Arctic Ocean, Barents Sea, Russia, Finland, Sweden, North Sea, Atlantic Ocean and Norwegian Sea.

King Harald V is recognized as the chief of state and, along with Heir Apparent Prince Haakon Magnus, achieves that
status through heredity and holds that position for life or abdication. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is recognized as
the Head of Government and achieves that status following parliamentary elections, when the leader of the majority
party or the leader of the majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the monarch with the approval of
the parliament. Its form of government is a constitutional monarchy and they celebrate the creation of their
constitution on the 17th of May 1814.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Bokmal Norwegian, Nynorsk Norwegian as well as small Sami and
Finnish speaking minorities. It counts among its major religions Church of Norway, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic,
other Christian, Muslim and other faiths. As sources of mass communication it has 5 AM, 650 FM, 1 Short Wave and
360 Television stations.

Major geographical features are Galdhopiggen, its highest point at 2,469 meters and the Norwegian Sea, its lowest
point at 0 meters. Its principal waterways are the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea which
measure 2,542 kilometers of coastline.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are petroleum and gas, food
processing, ship building, pulp and paper products, metals, chemicals, timber, mining, textiles, fishing. Its official
currency is the Norwegian Krone.

Here’s something you may not know about Norway. Norway is called “The Land of the Midnight Sun.” It lies so far
north that from about mid-May to the end of June the sun never sets.
Church at Stavkirke
End of the road
Vigrestad
City of Vik on the
Norwegian Sea-
Norway's lowest point
Galdhopiggen-
Norway's highest point
Glacier in
Smorstabbreen
Hafrsfjord Swords in
Mollebukta
Norwegian women in
traditional clothing
Akershus Castle in
Oslo- Norway's capital
and largest city
Lafoten Island
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Sami people in
traditional clothing
Vardo Fort on the
Barents Sea- Norway's
easternmost point
View of Fagerenes
Longyearbyen- the
largest settlement on
Svalbard Island,
Norway's northernmost
island chain
Stappen bird nesting
cliff on Bjornoya Island
The Otra River flowing
through Kristiansand-
Norway's southernmost
city
Smalahove- a
Norwegian delicacy
comprise of half of the
head of a lamb
Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
0.1% (2009 est.)

4,000

less than 100
Biellogaisa from
Skibotn on Norway's
border with Finland
Moss in southern
Norway near the
border with Sweden
Utvaer- Norway's
westernmost point on
the Norwegian Sea
Treriksroeysa-
Norway's tri-border
with Finland and Russia
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