Norway, officially named Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarch, situated in the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. The word Norway actually means ‘path to north’. It offers many beautiful tourist spots and hence, has been a popular holiday destination. Here are some facts about Norway-
1.Ever wondered why Noble peace prize are awarded in Oslo, Norway every year? It has been since 1901 because of their outstanding efforts in keeping peace. The Norwegian King Harald V is also present at the award ceremony in Oslo.
2.Gulf Stream and warm air currents caused by the Coriolis Effect leads to much milder weather than expected. Temperature along the coast of Norway is 5-8°C higher than at comparable latitudes elsewhere.
3.It is the sixth largest country in Europe, but ranks only 28th as far as population is concerned.
4.It is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and according to the global Peace Index, the most peaceful too. Inspite of being one of the biggest exporters of oil in the world, gas prices are amongst the highest in Norway. Also, food prices are so high that many people choose to travel to Sweden to buy their groceries in bulk.
5.When in Norway, don’t even think about drinking and driving. Strict laws and their enforcements have been successfully kept crime at bay. For example, if caught driving under the influence, there is an automatic 30 days in jail, lose your license for a year, and pay fines up to 10% of your annual income. Binge drinking on the weekends is a well-established tradition. Just don’t drive home!
6.Norway is a beautiful place to be. It is a host to a whopping 450,000 lakes. 200 or so are about 4 square miles or more in size.
7.Remember this fact if ever you wish to visit Norway! Grandiosa pizza should be on the top of your ‘must eat’ list. It is the unofficial national food of the country. Nearly 25 million Grandiosa pizzas are eaten by small population of 5 million people.
8.The Viking festival: The festival offers activities and entertainment for all ages. Visitors are invited to participate in craft activities, join a historical sports competition or row a Viking ship. There will also be opportunities to watch a magician, learn how Viking warriors prepared for combat, listen to lectures and learn about life during the Viking Age.
9.Norway has the world’s deepest underwater tunnel at 287 meters deep.It is also the birthpace of cheese slicer and modern day skiing. The word ‘ski’ in Norwegian means for ‘piece of wood’.
10.There are a few rules which might puzzle you, for example- If you own a TV in Norway, you have to pay an annual fee of $300 USD.Food stores cannot be open on Sundays. If you need groceries then, you have to get them at the local gas station, which are allowed to sell food on Sundays.Prisons in Norway are amongst the most glamorous in the entire world. In fact, most Norwagein prisons are higher class than most hotel rooms found in the United States. Having no death penalty and no life sentences one would think that the country would have high crime rate. However, they have one of the lowest in the world. Around 72 inmates per 100,000 people!