Introduction

Norway is a country with beautiful coastlines, deep fjords, snow-capped mountains and with the high north as one of Europe's absolute natural gems. There are so many opportunities and sights in the country that also count pleasant cities, towns and villages.

Oslo is king Christian IV's old capital, and you can still see the city's street network from his days in central Oslo. Around here, there are beautiful neighborhoods in modern Oslo as the Norwegian capital, which spreads to the water with, among other things, famous Aker Brygge and the city's recently designed opera house.

Along the Norwegian coast, cities are located on the seafront as pearls on a string. Among the most famous ones are Kristiansand, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø, all of which are diverse in their history and their surrounding nature.

The Norwegian coast can be explored with the Hurtigruten boats from Bergen around the Northern Cape to Kirkenes on the Russian border. Inland Norway you can experience on road trips, hiking trails, skiing or with the beautifully constructed railway lines between Oslo and Bergen and other Norwegian cities. And you can choose to fly away to the top of Europe at Svalbard.

Biggest cities
  • Oslo: 1,000,467
  • Bergen: 255,464
  • Stavanger: 222,697
  • Trondheim: 183,378
  • Drammen: 117,510
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Holidays
  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • January 6: Epiphany
  • Date varies: Maundy Thursday
  • Date varies: Good Friday
  • Date varies: Easter Day
  • Date varies: Easter Monday
  • May 1: May 1st
  • May 17: Constitution Day
  • Date varies: Ascension Day
  • Date varies: Pentecost
  • Date varies: Whit Monday
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 26: Boxing Day
  • December 31: New Year's Eve
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Practical info
  • Official name: Kingdom of Norway
  • Capital: Oslo
  • National Anthem: Yes, we love this country / Ja, vi elsker dette landet
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Population (2019): 5,328,212
  • Primary religion: Christianity
  • Currency: Krone (NOK)
  • Drives in: Right side
  • Domain: .no
  • Phone code: +47
  • Time Zone: UTC + 1
  • Power and plugs: 230 V / 50 Hz, plug type C, F
Geography
  • Area: 385,207 km² / 148,730 sq mi
  • Highest point: Galdhøpiggen 2,469 m / 8,100 feet
  • Longest river: Glomma 600 km / 373 mi
  • Largest lake: Mjøsa 362 km² / 140 sq mi
  • Largest island: Spitsbergen 37,673 km² / 14,546 sq mi
  • Boundaries: North: Barents Sea. South:  North Sea, Skagerrak, Sweden. East: Finland, Russia, Sweden. West: North Sea, the Norwegian Sea
Celebrities
  • Olaf Tryggvason: King, 968-1000
  • Sverre Sigurdsson: King, 1151-1202
  • Ludvig Holberg: Author, 1684-1754
  • Henrik Ibsen: Author, 1828-1906
  • Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson: Author, 1832-1910
  • Edvard Grieg: Composer, 1843-1907
  • Knut Hamsun: Author, 1859-1952
  • Fridtjof Nansen: Polar Scientist, 1861-1930
  • Edvard Munch: Painter, 1863-1944
  • Kristian Birkeland: Physicist, 1867-1917
  • Gustav Vigeland: Sculptor, 1869-1943
  • Roald Amundsen: Polar Scientist, 1872-1928
  • Knowledge Quisling: Politician, 1887-1945
  • Fred Olsen: Shipowner, 1891-1986
  • Sonia Henie: Ice Skater and Actor, 1912-1969
  • Thor Heyerdahl: Adventurer, 1914-2002
  • Rolv Wesenlund: Comedian, 1936-2013
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland: Politician, 1939-
  • Anni-Frid Lyngstad: Singer, 1945-
  • Morten Harket: Singer, 1959-
  • Jo Nesbø: Author, 1960-
  • Vegard Ulvang: Skier, 1963-
  • Bjørn Dæhlie: Skier, 1967-
  • Lene Nystrøm: Singer, 1973-
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjær: Football player, 1973-
  • Jon Arne Riise: Football player, 1980-