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NorwayBy: Tia Peck, 7th hour, 4-20-15

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Population In 2012 Norway's population was about 5,006,470 people, and today Norway's population stands at 5.1 million people.

Physical Features Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums, including the Edvard Munch Museum and the Norsk Folkemuseum, a collection of open-air historic buildings. Preserved 10th-century Viking ships are displayed at the Vikingskipshuset. Norway is also known for fishing, hiking and skiing – notably at Lillehammer’s Olympic resort.

Economy Prior to the industrial revolution, Norway's economy was largely based on agriculture, timber, and fishing. Norwegians typically lived under conditions of considerable scarcity, though famine was rare.

Fun Facts Over 99% of the 5.1m population of Norway speak the official language, Norwegian. Norway is often described as the "Land of the Midnight Sun", because during the summer months of late May through to late July the sun never completely drops below the horizon

Government Norway is a constitutional monarchy governed under the constitution of 1814 as amended. The hereditary monarch is the head of state. The prime minister, who is the head of government, is appointed by the monarch with the approval of Parliament, as is the cabinet. Members of the 169-seat unicameral Parliament or Storting are popularly elected to four-year terms.

Climate With its northern location, Norway is often regarded as a cold and wet country. In some aspects this is true, because thay share the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia. But compared to these areas thay have a pleasant climate. Norway's climate is 22 degress celcius and and a average of 10 degress celcius.

Culture Simplicity and nature are the core of the Norwegian lifestyle. Tolerance, kindness to each other and independence are highly valued. Criticism of other people or others' systems is frowned upon. "Peace and progress" are mottos in the country that sponsors the Nobel Prizes. Norwegians treasure their landscape, outdoor activity, sailing, cross-country skiing, etc.


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