Friday, August 1, 2014

Did you know facts about Norway?

Random interesting facts and trivia about Norway 

Although Finland has been named “land of 1000 lakes”, Norway’s countless lakes does in fact far outnumber Finland’s. About 450,000 (half million) lakes in Norway are identified, compared to a mere 60,000 lakes in Finland.

As of 2011, 37% of Norwegians have completed post secondary education, making them the best educated people in Europe.

As per Encyclopedia Britannica, Norwegians read more than any other population in the world.

Because food prices in Norway are amongst the highest in the world, many Norwegians, and especially those living close to the Swedish border, travel to Sweden on a regular basis to buy groceries.

During the summer months, the sun literally does not set.

Even when the weather is awful, Norwegians are the happiest people.
Oslo (Own photo)
Food stores are not allowed to stay open on Sundays, but petrol stations and kiosks selling groceries are. You can only by wine and liquor from special liquor outlets called Vinmonopol.

Grandiosa frozen pizza is unofficially named as the Norwegian national dish.

Half of the schools and homes in Norway’s capital are heated by burning garbage to generate electricity.

Hornindalsvatnet in Nordfjord district is the deepest lake in Europe and the 12th deepest in the world (at least 514 meters), but only 50 square kilometers surface area. This lake is only 50 meters which means that most of the lakes volume is below sea level.

In Tromsø, Norway, you can actually chase the Northern Lights. And actually climb a glacier.

It is said that the paper clip made from a thin wire has long (probably incorrectly) been assumed to be invented and patented by a Norwegian.

It is believed that the name Norway means “Path to the North”.

Many Norwegians take a daily mouthful of cod liver oil ("tran") for health reasons, particularly to avoid  rickets (English disease) in children.

Norway’s government hired an in-house philosopher to ensure the country’s money is being used morally.

Norway has won more Winter Olympic medals than any other country on Earth, with a grand total of 303 medals (including 107 gold medals) as of 2012, 50 more than the USA. Norway also has the highest number of combined Summer and Winter Olympic medals per capita, with 451 medals for 4.7 million inhabitants, or 95.9 medals per million people.

Norway has one of the lowest income inequality in the world, along with other Scandinavian countries.

Norway has one of the most generous maternity/paternity leave scheme, allowing mothers to take 44 weeks (13 months) off at 80% of their salary, or 34 weeks (10.5 months) at 100%. An extra 12 weeks paid leave is reserved for the father.

Norway knighted a penguin.

Norway is officially known as The Kingdom of Norway.

Norway is home to the most regal Ruff, a small bird that looks like a tiny Queen Elizabeth I.

Norway was ranked as the best country for the State of the World's Mothers 2012 by Save the Children.

Norway was rated the most peaceful country in the world, in a survey conducted by Global Peace Index in 2007.

Norwegians love frozen pizza.

Norwegians are so efficient with their waste, they have to import trash from other countries.

Norwegian citizens don’t have to pay college tuition.

Norwegians rejected EU membership twice in referendums, but the country have implemented more EU directives than any of the actual EU member states.

One can run a marathon at midnight, in broad daylight or reserve a midnight coffee time.

One of the most popular kinds of cheese in Norway is brown, a caramelized whey cheese known as brunost.

Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the world. In 2012 it was ranked most expensive European city by the Economist Intelligence Unit and by ECA International.

Pagan Gods, like Odin and Thor, were worshiped in Norway before it converted to Christianity, in 995.

Speeding fines are stricter than the fines issued to people caught with small amounts of class A drugs.

The aerosol spray can was invented in 1926 by the chemical engineer Erik Rotheim from Oslo.

The American movie „Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back” (episode V) was partly recorded at Finse, near the Oslo-Bergen railway, in March 1979. The Finse area appears in the movie as Hoth, the snow and ice planet.

The arctic region of Norway, north of Tromsø, has been traditionally inhabited by the Sami people (also referred to as the Laps), the descendants from the Mesolithic inhabitants of Fennoscandia, are speaking various Uralic languages related to Finnish (or Suomi). Genetic studies confirmed that the Sami are also closely related to the Finns.

The Christmas tree, which stands in Trafalgar Square in London, has been presented by „City of Oslo” to the UK, for over 50 years.

The distance from Oslo to Hammerfest is as far as Oslo to Athens.

The Eiksund tunnel, 287 meters deep between Volda and Ulstein in western Norway, is the world's deepest underwater tunnel  of its kind.

The Internet web browser Opera is Norwegian.

The Kingdom of Norway also includes Svalbard and Jan Mayen in the North, and the Bouvet Island, Peter I Island and Queen Maud Land in the Antarctic.

The last peacetime execution in Norway happened in 1876.

The Lærdal road tunnel on road E16 is the world’s longest road tunnel (24.5 kilometers/15 miles).

The magical Kingdom of Arendelle in “Frozen” was based.

The Norwegian monarchy goes back around the year 885 when Harald Hårfagre (Fairhair) united the many kingships of Norway into one country, and today’s Norwegian modern monarchy is well respected among it's people, mostly because the Norwegian King Harald V and his family are taking part in common people's life in a unique, and positive way.

The Norwegian national football team is one of the few teams to have never lost against Brazil?
2 victories and 1 draw is Norwegian record against the five times World Champions.

The Norwegians claim to have invented modern skiing as a sport.

The official religion in Norway is Protestant Christianity.

The original cheese slicer (“ostehøvel”) was invented and patented by Thor Bjørklund, a Norwegian carpenter, in 1925.

There are 3 official languages in Norway: Bokmål, Nynorsk and the Sami language.

There are about 30 stave churches, medieval Scandinavian wooden churches using the post and lintel technique built mostly in the 12th and 13th centuries, and all but one of the original surviving to this day are found in Norway. The other one is in Sweden.

Toll roads have popped up all over the country.

Traditional Norwegian seafood dish and by many considered to be a delicacy. This delicacy is basically a fish that has been immersed in lye and then rinsed in water.

Trolls are so important in Norwegian folklore, there are numerous towns named after them.

Vinnufossen is Europe's highest waterfall (860 m/ 2,822 ft) and the world's sixth tallest.

Whale hunting - More like a Norwegian phenomenon than just a hunt. The entire world objects to Norway’s ‘barbaric’ whale hunt, but Norwegians in general consider this to be unfair criticism and an insult to their culture and way of life.

Source: TrueNomads, VisitNorway, Eupedia