Norway lies on the west coast of Scandinavia, surrounded by the sea and the mountains. Long serpent roads, steep fjords and colorful fishing settlements dominate the Norwegian landscape. Norway shares most of its border with Sweden to the east, but also touches Finland and Russia in the north. This troll-loving country has Norwegian and Sami as main languages. Kven (Finnic language), Tavringer (Scandinavian-Romanic language) and Romani are regionally recognized due to travellers and settlements. The currency is the Norwegian Krone (NOK).
385 178 km²
Norway is a country that seems to have it all: stunning, untouched nature, but also elegant and vibrant cities. From the fjords to the mountains, the uncompromising beauty of the landscape is steeped in a rich mythology of trolls, monsters, and heroes of a bygone age. Oslo, the capital, is synonymous with modern Scandinavian minimalism and style, and is home to world-famous architects and designers.
A beautiful park in the in the center of Oslo, Vigeland Park contains over 200 obscure sculptures by the artist Gustav Vigeland. It took Vigeland approximately 10 years to carve out the statues to this majestic garden. You have to see it to believe it.
Among other Scandinavians, especially Swedes, the Norwegian people have a reputation for being cheerful and friendly (in contrast to the more reserved Finns). Despite the small population and long distances between cities, sometimes even houses, Norwegians have not grown shy to interaction. Jolly Norwegians, perhaps even more so than the people of other Nordic countries, have a particularly strong connection to their history. This is exemplified in their frequent use of the Norwegian national dress, bunad. Bunad is often worn at folk dances, weddings, baptisms, confirmations and especially the May 17 National Day celebrations.
The Norwegian people are also very proud of the stunning natural landscape of their country. The fjords, mountains and forests of Norway represent something wild, untamed and pure, and are deeply rooted in the national consciousness. This contributes to the best of the Norwegian character: a hearty, wholesome people, as ready to go hiking up Galdhøpiggen (Norway’s highest mountain) as to share an øl (beer) with a friendly traveller.