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Norway

Description of Norway

The head of the country is His Majesty King Harald V. The head of the Government is a Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg. The Kingdom of Norway (Norge) is located in the western and northern parts of the Scandinavian Peninsula, and also includes the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, the island of Jan Mayen, the island of Peter the Great, the Bouvet Island and the Queen Maud Land in the Southern Hemisphere.

The total area of Norway is of 385 155 square kilometers. According to this, Norway is the sixth largest country of Western Europe. However, Norway is rarely populated. On 1 January 2006 the total number of inhabitants, according to official data, was of 4,640,219 people. This allows it to take only the 28th place among the European countries. The population density is 12.1 people per square kilometer. The coastline of the Kingdom of Norway, including fjords and bays, is more than 20,000 kilometers.

Norway's geographical location and characteristics of settlement of the country took part in the development of a large number of local and regional dialects, which are still preserved and play an important role in the country. There are two official written versions of Norwegian, bokmal and nynorsk. Bokmal is based on the Danish-Norwegian language, and has developed on the basis of written Danish adapted to the dialects of Eastern Norway. Nynorsk was created by a linguist Ivar Aasen in the 1850s, based on the dialects of western Norway.

Some facts about Norway

Population of country 4,907,000 people
Area of Norway 324,220 sq. kilometers
Located on the continent Europe (EU)
Capital of Norway Oslo
Currency at Norway Krone (NOK)
Domain Zone .no
Phone country code 47
FIPS code of Norway NO

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More information about Norway

Climate of Norway:
  • temperate along coast, modified by North Atlantic Current
  • colder interior with increased precipitation and colder summers
  • rainy year-round on west coast
Terrain of Norway:
  • glaciated
  • mostly high plateaus and rugged mountains broken by fertile valleys
  • small, scattered plains
  • coastline deeply indented by fjords
  • arctic tundra in north
Norway also has such useful resources as: petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, titanium, pyrites, nickel, fish, timber, hydropower.

Top cities of Norway


City Name Population State Coordinates
1 Oslo 580,000 people Oslo 59.91273 x 10.74609
2 Bergen 213,585 people Hordaland Fylke 60.39299 x 5.32415
3 Trondheim 147,139 people Sor-Trondelag Fylke 63.43049 x 10.39506
4 Stavanger 121,610 people Rogaland Fylke 58.97005 x 5.73332
5 Drammen 90,722 people Buskerud Fylke 59.74389 x 10.20449
6 Fredrikstad 72,760 people Ostfold 59.2181 x 10.9298
7 Kristiansand 63,814 people Vest-Agder Fylke 58.14671 x 7.9956
8 Sandnes 63,032 people Rogaland Fylke 58.85244 x 5.73521
9 Tromso 52,436 people Troms Fylke 69.6489 x 18.95508
10 Sarpsborg 52,159 people Ostfold 59.28391 x 11.10962
11 Skien 50,595 people Telemark Fylke 59.20962 x 9.60897
12 Alesund 44,096 people More og Romsdal fylke 62.47225 x 6.15492
13 Sandefjord 42,654 people Vestfold Fylke 59.13118 x 10.21665
14 Haugesund 40,321 people Rogaland Fylke 59.41378 x 5.268
15 Tonsberg 38,914 people Vestfold Fylke 59.26754 x 10.40762
16 Moss 34,492 people Ostfold 59.43403 x 10.65771
17 Porsgrunn 34,377 people Telemark Fylke 59.14054 x 9.6561
18 Bodo 34,073 people Nordland Fylke 67.28 x 14.40501
19 Arendal 30,916 people Aust-Agder Fylke 58.46151 x 8.77253
20 Hamar 29,479 people Hedmark Fylke 60.7945 x 11.06798
21 Ytrebygda 24,044 people Hordaland Fylke 60.30504 x 5.28236
22 Larvik 23,113 people Vestfold Fylke 59.05328 x 10.03517
23 Halden 21,970 people Ostfold 59.12478 x 11.38754
24 Steinkjer 20,000 people Nord-Trondelag Fylke 64.01487 x 11.49537
25 Harstad 19,433 people Troms Fylke 68.79833 x 16.54165
26 Lillehammer 19,096 people Oppland Fylke 61.11514 x 10.46628
27 Molde 18,594 people More og Romsdal fylke 62.73752 x 7.15912
28 Mo i Rana 17,853 people Nordland Fylke 66.31278 x 14.14278
29 Kongsberg 17,667 people Buskerud Fylke 59.66858 x 9.65017
30 Horten 17,660 people Vestfold Fylke 59.41721 x 10.48343

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