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Norway is probably one of the most beautiful countries in the world. 

Here you can find quite a lot of mountains to trekk in. The views, the mixture between snowcovered mountains and the blue water of the fjords, can not be seen in many places of the world.

Almost one third of the surface is located north of the Polar Circle. The country is divied in five mainregions: Västlandet, Östlandet, Sörlandet, Nord Norge and Tröndelag.

For lovers of outdoorliving, Norway offers almost everything you want. The frequent raining is regretfully a negative point.

Norway is absolutely one of my favourite countries and I have visited it during all the seasons. Wintertime it offers fine skiing possibilities, crosscountry as well as downhill.

In the springtime or during summer you can visit some of the most beautiful places in the world. 
The fjords with fruittrees reflected in the deep blue water, and the snowcovered mountains wrapped around the area, is a view you never will forget.

One of the most beautiful places, I visited, is the island of Senja, located between Tromsö and Lofoten. Here you can find wild and steep, snowcovered mountains abruptly descending into the sea with seaeagles flying above them. 

Unforgetably is also fishing on the Varanger-peninsula in the midnightsun, or to visit some of the birdmountains that can be found here.

Visit Norway - you will not be disappointed!

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Springtime at the 

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Midnigthsun at Nordkap

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The island Senja

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Fishing on Senja

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Olympic Games in Lillehammer

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Sulitelma area

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Röldal village

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The famous Låtefossen 


Basic facts:

Conventional longform: Kongerike Norge

Area, total: 323 802 sq km
25 148 km
4 692 000
Population/sq km:
Oslo / 522 000

Lowest point: Norwegian Sea 0 m
Highest point: Galdhöppigen (2 469 m)
Largest river:
Largest lake:

Pop. growth rate: 0.33 %
Infant mortility rate: 
(deaths / 1 000 live births)
Life expectancy at birth (years):
Male / Female  79 / 83

Ethnic groups: Norwegians 94.4 % (incl. approx. 60 000 sami), other european 3.6 %, other 2.0
Religion: Evangelic Lutheran 85.7 %, Roman Catholic 1.0 %other Christian religions 2.4 %, Muslims 1.8 %, other religions and none 9.1 %  
Literacy; % pop. over 15 years:
Male / Female 99.9 / 99.9

Independence:  October 26, 1905 from Sweden
National holiday:
 May 17, Constitution Day

GNP/capita: USD 84 543 
 Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Tourists (annually): 4 440 000

Mobile telephones: 5 525 000
Internet users:
4 431 000
Railways: 4 169 km
93 247 km

Source: CIA World Factbook 2012/02 

Map over Norway

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The base in the norwegian flag is the danish flag "Dannebrogen", which also was Norways flag during the long period under danish superior, 1380 - 1814.  
In 1814 Norway and Sweden were unified. A few years after the union the blue cross was added to the flag. In 1905 when Norway and Sweden separated the flag was chonsen for the indenpendt Norway.

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In the norwegian crest you can find a lion with a battle ax and a crown. These symbols can be traced till the beginning of the 13th century. The lion is a symbol for power and the battle axe was the traditional norwegian wapon in wars. The axe is also a symbol for the protector of the country, the Saint S:t Olof.

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