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Capital : Oslo
Language :  Norwegian
Currency :  Norwegian krone
Population : 5 236 826
Area : 323 802 km2

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Norway facts

1. Independence after the dissolution of the union with Sweden was obtained on June 7, 1905.
2. The population density is 13 people / km2.
3. The country is 1.2 times larger than Poland.
4. The main religion is Lutheranism, 83%.
5. The longest river is Glomma 623 km.
6. The full name of the country – the Kingdom of Norway.
7. Motto of the country – “Compliant and faithful until the fall of Dovrefjell”.
9. The highest peak is Galdhopiggen 2469 m above sea level.
10. The average temperature is in January -4 °C, in July 17 °C.

11. Most stores are closed on Sundays. Shopping can be done at newsstands and at gas stations

12. Norway is one of the world’s largest exporters of oil and natural gas, yet fuel prices are very high.

13. Wine and liqueur can be bought only at special liquor points called Vinmonopolet (there are usually 1-2 in each city).

14. A driver detained for driving under the influence of alcohol goes to prison for 30 days, loses his driving license and has to pay 10% of his annual income.

15. Speeding tickets are higher than for possession of drugs. Going 10 km / h there is a $500 ticket.

16. Norwegians love the frozen pizza.

17. Norwegians are considered unpleasant people. Bumping on someone, do not apologize, do not thank for help, rarely smile to people who do not know. Smiling at them or starting a conversation on a bus, for example, is considered strange.

Author: Turyst

18. The annual amount of the television subscription is $300, the lack of payment threatens with high fines.

19. You can sell sex, but you can not buy, i.e. clients are prosecuted, not prostitutes.

20. Until the end of the 1980s television broadcasts of boxing were completely banned, because boxing was considered immoral.

21. Leif Erikson, Norwegian Viking unofficially in 1003 as the first European set foot on the American continent.

22. The Norwegians in men’s football have never lost to Brazil (in four matches they won twice and twice tied).

Author: MR

23. The most popular cheese is brown.

24. The paper clip was invented by a Norwegian inventor named Johan Vaaler in 1899.

25. Norway is one of the few countries in the world where whales are still being hunted.

26. Most Norwegians drink oil on a daily basis.

Author: MR

27. Position in the best world army list:
      – 2015 year – 38 place,
      – 2018 year – 35 place.

28. There are over 26,500 professional soldiers and 46 000 reservists (2018).

29. Number of equipment:
      – 2014 year – 50 tanks, 630 armored vehicles, 100 jet aircraft and 33 helicopters,
      – 2018 year – 52 tanks, 684 armored vehicles, 126 jet aircraft and 35 helicopters.

30. Expenses for the army:
      – 2014 year – $7,000,000,000 ,
      – 2018 year – $7,000,000,000 .

31. Maritime fleet …
      – in 2014 , the year was around 75 ships, in 2018 of the year it’s about 73 ships.

Author: Kasia

32. There are more polar bears on the island of Svalbard than humans. Every inhabitant has a weapon.

Author: Kasia

33. The permissible blood alcohol content in a person driving a car is 0.2 promile.

Author: alfa

34. Most of the stores in Norway after the attacks of Anders Breivik in 2011, withdrew from the sale of war games.

Author: Martynka91

35. There are over 4,000 large food stores in Norway.

36. Over 100 Joker stores have also been opened on Sundays.

37. In the majority of hypermarkets cashier is given banknotes, and small coins are thrown into a special machine at the cash register, which issues the rest.

38. In Norway you can not buy alcohol on Sundays. From Monday to Friday it is sold until 20 and on Saturday until 18.

39. Cigarettes are sold in special machines at the cash desks in hypermarkets.

40. In Norway, you pay a deposit for plastic bottles.

Author: Kara

41. You can not buy a TV, or even a DVD, if you do not have a TV license paid for.

42. If you own a car, you must pay a road tax every year. The price depends on the model and the age of the car, an average of $500.

Author: Dali

43. Over 98% of electricity generated in Norway comes from ecological sources.

Author: Moniś

44. Norway provides the best quality of life in the world.

Author: Dayron

45. In Norway liquids that contain nicotine are banned.

Author: Asiek

46. Trollstingen called the Trollstigen is one of the most winding roads in Europe. When driving it, you have to overcome 11 serpentines turning at an angle of almost 180 degrees.

47. Cliff Preikestolen is one of the biggest attractions in Norway.

48. Hornelen is the highest cliff of Europe (860 m.n.p.m.).

49. The amount of remuneration is public and everyone can easily check how much you earn.

50. Hornindalsvatnet is the deepest lake in Europe (514 m).

Author: Grzegorz

51. Sognefjorden is the largest fjord in Europe and the second in the world. Its length is 203 km and the maximum depth is 1308 meters.

52. Norway has repeatedly occupied first place in the indicators of social development.

Author: Grzegorz

53. In this country there is no minimum wage set by the government.

54. In 2018, the average monthly salary in this country is 44 310 kr.

55. The amount of income tax in Norway is 27%.

56. Men and women can retire at the age of 67.

57. The unemployment rate in 2018 is 3.9% .

Author: Daria

58. 10 Norwegians have accumulated assets greater than one billion US dollars.

59. The richest of them is Odd Reitan with assets worth over $5.2 billion (about 20 billion zlotys).

Author: $$$NaBogato$$$

60. In Norway, an average person consumes about 7.7 liters of pure alcohol per year.

Author: AlkoWorld

61. National alcohol is Akevitt.

62. The most beer is beer – 44%, then wine – 35%, spirit – 19%, and other alcoholic beverages – 2%.

Author: AlkoWorld

63. In this country, compulsory education lasts 11 years.

Author: EduKacJa

64. The beginning of education begins at the age of 6.

65. The average IQ level is 100.

Author: EduKacJa

66. In this country there are 5% of people above 15 years of age who can not read or write (approximately 260 745 people).

Author: Reebeka

67. The change from daylight saving time to winter time (turning clockwise back one hour) is the last Sunday in October.

Author: Adrianna

68. Built-up area allowed speed depending on the area varies from 30 to 50 km / h.

69. Outside built-up areas, the permitted speed on the usual road is 80 km / h, and on highways from 90 to 110 km / h.

70. The permissible blood alcohol content in a person driving a car is 0.2 promile.

71. In 2013, 187 people lost their lives due to traffic accidents.

72. 17% of fatal accidents caused people who were under the influence of alcohol.

73. In this country, over 3,672,000 motor vehicles are registered (704 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants).

Author: AutoMania

74. In 1849, a powerful storm struck the Lofoten area and killed over 500 people.

Author: Fiorella

75. In this country there are over 93 870 km of paved roads including over 407 km of expressways (0.15% of all roads in the world).

76. In this country there are 95 airports, 67 with paved surface.

77. In this country there are over 4,237 km of railway tracks.

78. In Oslo, there is an 86-meter metro line (97 stations). It was opened in 1966. Around 88 million people use it annually.

Author: Marlène

79. In this country, over 4,974,000 (2015) 5 311 892 (2018) people have access to internet (about 102% of the population).

80. Around 3,200,000 (2015) 3,400,000 (2018) accounts on Facebook.

81. The average internet connection speed is 16.4 Mb / s, and the maximum rate is 55.9 Mb / s (data from the end of 2015).

Author: NET

82. The national top-level domain is .no . There are over 558 210 websites with such an extension.

83. The most popular pages with the extension .no are: google.no, vg.no and finn.no.

Author: http

84. This country has 2018 over year $64 536 000 000 of foreign exchange reserves (0.52% of foreign exchange reserves of all countries of the world).

Author: Vinamra

85. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) …
      – in 2015 the year is $523,188,000,000 ,
      – in 2018 the year is $399,000,000,000 .

86. Internal debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 year was 26.4% GDP, or around: $138 121 632 000 ,
      – 2018 of the year was 36.2% GDP, or around: $144 438 000 000 . To pay it off, each citizen would have to give around $27,697.

87. Foreign debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 the year was around: $661,200,000,000 ,
      – 2018 of the year is around: $275,155,000,000 .

Author: Komornik

88. 22% of adults living in this country are overweight.

Author: Łasuch

89. In this country an adult person smokes an average of 45 cigarettes a month.

Author: VViki

90. In this country homosexual marriages are legal from January 1, 2009.

Author: Tęczowy

91. The lowest temperature: -51,4 °C was measured in Karasjok.

92. The highest temperature: 35.6 °C was measured at Buskerud.

Author: weather

93. The most deadly disease in this country is heart failure.

Author: medi

94. The average life expectancy in this country is 81.3 years (women – 83.4 years and men – 79.2 years).

Author: Wilga

95. 13 Norwegians were awarded the Nobel Prize.

Author: redsun

96. Norway is one of the 12 countries in the world that on April 4, 1949, after signing the North Atlantic Treaty, formed a political and military organization called NATO.

Author: Weteran

97. In this country, men and women can get married at the age of 18.

98. In this country, women having their first child on average 28.5 years old.

99. 10 women give birth to 19 children on average

Author: Nadia

100. The average age of people living in this country is 39.1 years.

101. The country is around:
943 000 people (18.08%) in the age range 0-14 years.
3,420,000 individuals (65.59%) in the 15-64 age range.
851 400 people (16.33%) over 65 years old.

102. In this country, about 63.000 children are born each year (1.2% of the population), and about 42,300 people die (0.8% of the population).

Author: Sara19

103. The biggest attraction is one of the most famous rock carvings in Europe and in the world. Among the silhouettes carved in the rock, you can recognize the reindeer, moose, bear and even a man skiing. The most intriguing, however, is the rite, depicting a skier with a stick in his hand. Like the reindeer, it was reproduced in natural proportions.

Author: Dominika

104. In this country you will not find premises known for the world-known American chain of KFC quick service bars.

Author: Lutra

105. Norwegians read a lot of books. Each Norwegian spends about 1,200 crowns a year on books.

106. The town of Fjærland is known as the city of books. There are 250,000 books, even though the town has only 300 inhabitants.

107. A characteristic feature of Norwegians is their closeness to nature.

Author: Lukas

108. The percentage share in the global economy of Norway in 2015 is 0.68% (for comparison, Poland’s share is 0.74%, and the United States – 23.32%).

Author: Setar

109. The Kingdom of Norway is one of the 12 monarchies in Europe.

Author: KAsia

110. Norway has more than a trillion dollars in reserves of money accumulated mainly from the sale of oil and gas.

111. Each paper book in Norway must also be released in a digital version.

Author: Luiza

112. The name of the country comes from Old Norse words: “nord vegen” which means “way north”.

113. In 2007, Norwegian policemen did not give a single shot from the pistol.

Author: Wanda

114. Norway is the first country in the world that turns off the analog FM radio and will be replaced by the DAB + digital radio.


Author: Pepp 

116. In this country, a person of 15 years of age is subject to criminal liability.

117. In Norway there are 9980 km2 of agricultural land (3% of the country’s area).

Author: Statyk

118. 313 people out of 1000 possess firearms.

119. Finse is the highest located town in the country.

120. In this country, women have the right to vote since 1913.

Author: Statyk

121. In this country, the formalities associated with setting up a business last 13 days.

122. The country joined the UN on November 27, 1945.

123. The work week is 37.5 hours.

Author: Statyk

124. 79% of the country’s population live in urban areas.

125. 94214 km2 of the country is covered by forests (31%)

126. The last death penalty was carried out in 1948.

Author: Statyk

127. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 38.52%, and for companies 24% (2018).

128. The tax on goods and services is 25% (2018).

129. The level of inflation in 2018 is 3%.

Author: Fan%

130. The youngest billionaire in 2018 is 22-year-old Norwegian – Alexandra Anderson. Her fortune is estimated at $1,400,000,000.

Author: $$$NaBogato$$$

131. The Norwegians laugh at themselves that the frozen Pizza Grandiosa is their national meal.

Author: Kasieńka

What is the highest peak in Norway?
The highest peak in Norway is Galdhøpiggen (2469 m above sea level).

answer: Marta

What is the largest river in Norway?
The largest river in Norway is Glomma 623 km.

answer: Marta

What is the largest lake in Norway?
we’re waiting for a response …


What is the national dish?
The national dish of Norway is Pizza Grandiosa.

answer: Kasieńka 

Which Norway has national colors?
National colors: red white and blue.

answer: Marta

What is national alcohol?
National alcohol is Akevitt.

answer: Marta

What is the national animal?
we’re waiting for a response …


What is the national sport?
Cross-country skiing is a national sport.

answer: Marta

Which countries borders Norway?
Norway borders with such countries as: Finland 727 km, Sweden 1,619 km, Russia 196 km.

answer: Marta

What is the average age of people living in this country?
The average age of people living in this country is 39.1 years.

answer: Marta

What is the minimum wage?
we’re waiting for a response …


What is the population density in Norway?
The population density is 17 people per km2.

answer: Marta

What is the motto of this country?
Motto of the country – “Compliant and faithful until the fall of Dovrefjell”.

answer: Marta

What is the highest temperature recorded in this country?
The highest temperature: 35.6 ° C was measured at Buskerud.

answer: Marta

What is the lowest temperature recorded in this country?
The lowest temperature: -51,4 ° C was measured in Karasjok.

answer: Marta

With how many years can you legally buy alcohol?
In this country, alcohol can be bought at the age of 18. Alcohols over 22% for 20 years.

answer: Marta