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?
Full name: Kingdom of Norway
Government type: Constitutional Monarchy
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)
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.
Aerosol Can (inventor: Erik Rotheim)
Cheese slicers (inventor: Thor Bjørklund)
So, Norway may not be cheap, but it is worth it.
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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!