The Culture:

Peoples associations with Norwegian history and culture vary a lot. Some would mention the vikings or the sami, and others would point to Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Grieg, Liv Ullmann and Edvard Munch. Some may even say smoked salmon, lutefisk, reindeer meat, shrimps or cloudberries. One thing is certain - Norway is more than untouched nature. The country has a rich history!

Official name:

Kingdom of Norway

System of government:

Harald V, King of Norway, born 21 February 1937
Sonja, Queen of Norway, born 4 July 1937
Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, born 20 July 1973
Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway, born 19 August 1973
Ingrid Alexandra, Princess of Norway, born 21 January 2004
Sverre Magnus, Prince of Norway, born 3 December 2005

Head of Government:

Prime Minister Erna Solberg


385,155 square kilometres


5 Million inhabitants (as of March 2012)

Capital city:



Norwegian bokmål, Norwegian nynorsk and Sami


Church of Norway (Protestant Christianity)


Norwegian kroner (NOK) 1 krone = 100 øre
100 kroner equals approximately € 12,5

Time zone:

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1 hour

National day:

17th of May

Average life expectancy:

Female: 82.5 years, male: 77.7 years


The two Norwegian languages are both used in public administration, in schools, churches, and on radio and television.
Books, magazines and newspapers are published in both languages. Everyone who speaks Norwegian, whether it is a local dialect or one of the two standard official languages, can be understood by other Norwegians. The Sami language of Norway’s indigenous people has equal status with Norwegian in parts of the counties of Troms and Finnmark in Northern Norway. Norwegian is a North Germanic language of the West Scandinavian
branch, existing in the two norms – Bokmål (Dano-Norwegian) and Nynorsk (New Norwegian). Bokmål stems from the written Danish introduced during the union of Denmark and Norway (1380–1814). Nynorsk was created as a written language by the language scholar Ivar Aasen during the mid-19th century, primarily from the dialects of the western and central rural districts, in order to carry on the tradition of Old Norse.

Coast & Coastal Culture:

There are people living along almost the entire length of the Norwegian coast, which is punctuated by long beaches, bustling coastal towns, world-famous fjords, thriving fishing villages and restored fishermen’s shacks. The islands along the coast are inhabited and full of natural gems, bird colonies and local culture. The south coast is where the Norwegian summer is at its best. Here you can lie out on a rock and soak up the sun with agood book. The west coast is the place to enjoy your favourite water-based activities. Deep-sea rafting gets the adrenalin pumping and sea fishing provides both relaxation and excitement at the same time. Up in the north, you can visit small fishing villages that are still going strong. Eagle and whale safaris bring you closer to the local wildlife. Many of the shacks where the fishermen lived during the fishing season in times gone by have been restored and converted into unusual accommodation.Along the coast, you will also find lighthouses which have gradually been decommissioned, and instead now offer accommodation at the mouth of the fjords.


Today Norway enjoys religious freedom, but the evangelical Lutheran faith is the official religion. 86% of the population are members of the Church of Norway, which is organised as a state church. However, we can see increasing religious and lifestyle diversity, with tolerance and openness in the greater part of the population. Islam is an example. Scandinavia’s largest mosque is in Grønland in Oslo.


The Northern Light is here

Watch nature's own theatre unfold above you,
as the most spectacular light installation takes the stage:
The northern lights with you on the front row!

Try one of our winter tours ....

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UNESCO includes Norwegian fjords on World Heritage List

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The Magazine has ranked the Norwegian fjords as a top destination!

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For weather check ups:

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Try Norway Catalog

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