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Today, May 17, 2015, is the national holiday for Norway! Norway is an excellent country with nice people, breathtaking scenery's, and skiing! Shall we learn about a very awesome country?

Overview: 
Full name: Kingdom of Norway
Government type: Constitutional Monarchy
Capital: Olso
Population (2014): 5, 147, 792
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Literacy Rate: 100%
National Holiday: May 17
Independence Day: May 17, 1904
Official language: Norwegian Bokmål and Norwegian Nynorsk
Currency: Norwegian Krone
National Anthem: Ja Vi Elsker Dette Landet (Yes, we Love this Country)

Facts:
1. You know Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Fantastic Mr. Fox? James an the Giant Peach? Matilda? Those were all written by a Norwegian person we know as Roald Dahl.
2. You know the Scream? That was painted by a Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.
3. Of course I must bring Disney's Frozen. Frozen took place in Norway. Arendelle is based off Bergen, Norway.
4. The first recorded use of skiing was by the Norwegians and the Swedish and was used for military purposes. 
5. Norway is home to the oldest wood-built churches in Norway, the Stave churches.
6. Norway has a small population, which means their "big" cities are pretty small, too.
7. Norway has free public schools, as long it's not a private school.
8. Norway has luxurious prisons.  
9. You cannot advertise to kids in Norway. It's to prevent children begging for things. It's the same concept in Sweden and Quebec.
10. The Norwegian Fjord horse is one of the most purest breeds of horse due to lack of other breeds in Norway. And, of course, the Norwegian fjord horse originated on the fjords of Norway.
11. Norway has a very low crime rate.
12. Norway has a law that lets you explore any and all uncultivated land whenever you want to. And there is a lot of uncultivated land in Norway. This law is called "Allemannsrett", or in literal English translation, "All men's rights".
13. There is a place in Norway called "Kjeragbolten". It's a boulder stuck between two cliffs. And, you can stand on it.
14. On the Summer Solstice, the sun doesn't set for an entire 24 hours. This happens only at the Arctic Circle. This also happens at Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Russia and Alaska.
15. Norway has more lakes than the "Land of a thousand lakes", a.k.a. Finland.
16. Norway has the deepest lake (Hornindalsvatnet) in Europe and has the longest tunnel (Lærdalstunnelen) in the world, at 24.5 kilometers long (or, if you're American, that's about 15.5 miles).
17. Earlier when I mentioned Lærdalstunnelen (English: Lærdal road tunnel), the 24.5 kilometer long tunnel. The tunnel's walls is colored brightly to make it easier for the driver to get through. Also, for further notice, it takes about an average of 20 minutes to get through.
18. Norway has 240,000 islands and a coastline of 64,000 miles.
19. According to the United Nations World Happiness Report, Norway is the 2nd happiest happiest place on Earth (Denmark is the first, in case if you were wondering).
20. Due to the Gulf Stream effect, Norway's weather is perfect year-round. 
21. Norway's police force doesn't use firearms. So, how do they do it? Norwegian police officers deal with danger by using their smarts to form plans and go from there.
22. In November, Norwegians pay half off taxes so they have more money for when Christmas comes around.
23. Norway has knighted a penguin named Nils Olav.
24. Norway relies most on hydroelectric power, and is the biggest user in the world.
25. The Norwegian language is proven to be easier to learn than the English language.
26. Norwegians don't like long and lengthy introductions. They like things to be short, sweet, and to the point. And, they also like it simple.
27. There is more nature and uncultivated land than inhabited areas in Norway.
28. Norway is one of the richest countries in the world and Norway has the highest salaries in the world.
29. Speaking of high salaries, Norway also has excellent working conditions and workers are protected by law.
30. Norwegians are very active people and hiking and skiing are some of their favorite pass times.
31. Norway has two official languages: Norwegian Bokmål and Norwegian Nynorsk. Nynorsk is used more up north. There is also Sami, used by the Sami people.

Inventions:
Aerosol Can (inventor: Erik Rotheim)
Cheese slicers (inventor: Thor Bjørklund)
Skiing 

So, Norway may not be cheap, but it is worth it.

See pictures of Norway here:
photosofnorway.com/
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…
www.pinterest.com/aliciad8300/…

Sources:
www.cia.gov/library/publicatio…
country-facts.findthedata.com/…
pinetribe.com/6-things-didnt-k…
www.norwegianclass101.com/
www.visitnorway.com/us/about-n…
wtffunfact.com/post/1165879499…
wtffunfact.com/post/1100279670…
Horse and Pony Handbook by Miles Kelly
wonderopolis.org/wonder/where-…
www.allwonders.com/infographic…
wtffunfact.com/
www.pinterest.com/pin/50813277…
www.pinterest.com/pin/14861885…
www.buzzfeed.com/keelyflaherty…
www.pinterest.com/pin/54768000…
www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12…
www.ibtimes.com/worlds-happies…

ALL information has been cited in the "sources" section and information has been paraphrased to the best of my ability. If you want original information, go to the "sources" section and look for it. If you can't find what you are looking for, I'll be happy to help! You can also find more facts in the sources!

Idea by me as a tribute to Norway on their national holiday.
Also, I can speak (intermediate) Norwegian. 

Questions? Comments? Ideas? Grammatical errors? Have another cool fact about Norway? Inaccurate fact? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy May 17th Norway!
Glad Syttende Mai, Norge!

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Alicia
Artist | Student | Traditional Art
United States
I like helping animals.
However, I like learning about the world, and foreign languages around the world.
I'm working on becoming fluent in different languages. It's a work in progress.
My languages:
1st: American English, as you can see.
2nd: Japanese (I tried but I'm not learning it anymore)
3rd: German, taking classes for it.
4th: Norwegian, working my butt off to be fluent.
Hopefully making my 5th language Swedish (I have a lot of languages I want to learn, but Swedish is my next target language).
I work hard learning languages, as you can see. I love to learn, so language learning is perfect for me.
Why am I so interested in learning languages?
1. Well, I wish to travel around the world some day, and I think it's silly not going to a foreign country not knowing the language(s), unless if you have a tour guide, but I think it'll be more fun and more memorable if you know the language, so you know what going on and knowing what you're doing, if you know what I mean. 2. I love to learn.

I also love to listen to music while learning languages. The reason for this is, music actually helps the brain in many ways, music can help memory.

I also love animals, but you figured that out already.

I respect all countries and all nationalities.

If you have a mean thought, PLEASE keep it to yourself. I do not like mean comments anywhere. I DO NOT want to hear your mean thought, and probably no one else wants to hear it, either. No one likes a mean people. In conclusion, please keep your mean thoughts to yourself.
And, also, please, if your going to comment, please spell things out and spell correctly and use correct punctuation. I really don't like spending time trying to figure out what you are trying to tell me because you can't spell simple words, or put punctuation in the right places. I'm pretty sure you were and are required to take a English class in middle and high school, and you learned punctuation and how to spell in second grade. English isn't a hard language, guys. So, please spell and punctuate correctly.
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:iconelbrethali:
elbrethali Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
hello, thanks for favs:-) they are my OTP in HetaliaXD
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vocaloidwuver Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
you're welcome! I'll probably keep looking at your work.
P.S. I know this sounds weird that I don't know what an OTP is. I always wondered what that is. Can you explain it to me?
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ASKJapanTheOtaku Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Arigato for the watch
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vocaloidwuver Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Do itashimashite! 
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ASKJapanTheOtaku Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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vocaloidwuver Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Hey, Japan, in case you haven't read: vocaloidwuver.deviantart.com/j… , I'm wondering if you have any topics I could write about?
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isachook Featured By Owner Edited Feb 20, 2015
i know you care about animals but do not support peta.
just a reminder, peta euthanises animals that are really sick and have no homes for them.
the peta kills animals website was made up by center for customer freedom which was made up by KFC, outback steakhouse, mcdonalds, and philip wallen who kill millions of innocent animals each year.

please, for more information, go to
www.whypetaeuthanises.com

keep up the good work 
okami 🐾

P.S. this is NOT a peta website.
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FluffyTheWolfX Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Please help this is ergent! A bill is being lifted meaning they will not be protected..follow this link to help!!

action.endangered.org/p/dia/ac…

If that don't work tell me
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vocaloidwuver Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I have a question, which is it?
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FluffyTheWolfX Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
The wolves
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