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Norway
Airports

Bergen
Haugesund

Oslo - Gardemoen
Torp - Oslo

Tromso
Trondheim


Destination Norway
- Kongeriket Norge -

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For a quick brief check The CIA Factbook

Conventional long form: Kingdom of Norway conventional short form: Norway local short form: Norge local long form: Kongeriket Norge

Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav Tryggvason in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that was to last for more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king.

Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Norway remained neutral in World War I and proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II. Nevertheless, it was not able to avoid a five-year occupation by Nazi Germany (1940-1945). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. The current focus is on containing spending on the extensive welfare system and planning for the time when petroleum reserves are depleted. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU.

Border countries:

Finland 729 km
Sweden 1,619 km
Russia 196 km

Coast line: 21,925 km (includes mainland 3,419 km, large islands 2,413 km, long fjords, numerous small islands, and minor indentations 16,093 km)

Norway
Airports

Bergen
Haugesund

Oslo - Gardemoen
Torp - Oslo

Tromso
Trondheim

Area:

total: 324,220 sq km
land: 307,860 sq km
water: 16,360 sq km

Population:
4,546,123 (July 2003 est.)

Language:
Norwegian (official)
note: small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities

Climate:
temperate along coast, modified by North Atlantic Current; colder interior with increased precipitation and colder summers; rainy year-round on west coast


 
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