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Norway (officially the Kingdom of Norway) is a country in Northern Europe. Oslo is the capital of Norway. From the right side, it borders Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. From the left side, it borders a few seas – North Sea, Norwegian Sea, and the Barents Sea. Norway has a lot of islands, but the biggest are Spitsbergen (37,673 km2), Nordaustlandet (14,467 km2), Edgeøya (5,073 km2), Hinnøya (2,205 km2) and Senja (1,586 km2). Most of the islands are in the Norwegian Sea, some are in the Barents Sea and the Greenland Sea and Spitsbergen border the Arctic Ocean. Norway covers 385,207 square kilometers (148,729 sq mi). Latest population data states that Norway has 5 312 300 inhabitants. Norway is a member of the United Nations, NATO, European Free Trade Association, Antarctic Treaty. Norwegian language is very similar to Danish and Swedish.

The territory of Norway is very different. You can sunbathe and swim in one of their seas and you can climb un the mountains where you can see snow all year around. Its’ terrain is very complex and there are a lot of places with a low number of inhabitants (0-1 person per km2). The climate in Norway is also very different. It can be +20 Celsium in Oslo and -10 Celsium in the mountains.

If we look at the GDP of Norway it may seem not so good. In 2018 it is $443 billion which is 22nd place in the world. But if we look at the same index just per capita we can see that it is $82,711 and that is 3rd place in the world which is impressive and this index shows how strong economy of Norway is. Norway takes first place in Gini index as well as HDI index. 

History of Norway goes as far as 872 A.D (Prior unification established). 1263 (Old Kingdom of Norway). May 17, 1814, is considered as the official day of independence of Norway. It is the day Norway got full independence from Sweden and Denmark.

Most of the people living in Norway are native Norwegians and Sami (indigenous status). Minority status in Norway – Jewish, Traveller, Forest Finn, Romani, Kven. Some minorities have official minority language status – Kven, Romani, and Romanes. Norwegians speak Norwegian (Bokmal and Nynorsk – old and new Norwegian). 

Main industries in Norway are petroleum, natural gas, shipping, fishing, aquaculture, food processing, shipbuilding, pulp and paper, metals, chemicals, timber, mining, textiles. Most of this is exported to the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Belgium, Denmark, and the United States. Total export size of Norway is calculated at $102.8 billion (2017). The average salary in Norway in 2018 was EUR 4713 (gross), EUR 3452 (net). Unemployment in Norway is incredibly low – only 3.9% (2019). Most of the people work in the service sector (78.6%), industry (19.3%), agriculture (2.1%). Petroleum and fish industry make Norway strong. There are a lot of oil and gas fields all around Norway in the seas. Norway is almost electricity independent, its hydroelectric plants produce 98-99% of their electrical needs.

Largest cities in Norway are Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger/Sandnes, Trondheim, Drammen, Fredrikstad/Sarpsborg, Porsgrunn/Skien, Kristiansand, Alesund, Tonsberg. Norway consists of multiple countries: Østfold, Akershus, Oslo, Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud, Vestfold, Telemark, Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder, Rogaland, Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane, Møre og Romsdal, Trøndelag, Nordland, Troms, Finnmark. 

Government Pension Fund is just fantastic, it has a value of $1 trillion (which is $190 000 per capita) and it is more than the current GDP of Norway. You are entitled to a pension if you have lived and worked in Norway for 40 years after you reach the age of 16. If so, you are eligible for the standard pension, it can be bigger if your income was good when you worked. Pension is 1689 EUR per month and it is one of the biggest pensions in Europe. You can retire at the age of 67. If you worked less then you can still get the pension, but it will be less. Since Norway is a wealthy country it can afford to pay good pensions for elders.

There are many places in Norway worth visiting. Most beautiful places of them all are the Lofoten Islands, Bergen, Oslo, The Geirangerfjord, Flåm. Big cities, small villages, mountains, and fjords, it all can be seen and found in Norway. Norway is the TOP10 destination in the world because of its nature. 

Let’s talk about the Lofoten Islands. These islands are popular because they are not crowded. There are multiple small towns and not a lot of people. You will fall in love with its nature, because of the midnight sun and northern lights. These islands are Sustainable Destination certified, this means they are working hard to reduce the negative impact of tourism. If you are here you should visit the Lofotr Viking Museum, Norwegian Fishing Village Museum. If you are looking for something more romantic you will love Northern Lights Riding Tour, where you have a chance to whiteness Northern lights in real life.

Bergen is a bit more populated and louder than The Lofoten Islands. Nightlife is also more attractive here. This city is well maintained as most of the cities in Norway. There are several buildings still standing from the 12th century and 60 of building you can see in Bergen are in the list of UNESCO World Heritage. If you like to fish you should visit local restaurants, because you will get fresh fish here, fishing is very popular here the same as in any town next to the sea in Norway. You can also visit Bergen Fish Market where you can buy any fish for your taste. A very beautiful place is Fantoft Stave Church, unfortunately, it is not the same as it was built because it burned down in 1992 (originally built in 1150), now there is a close copy of this church. Bergen is also considered as The Gateway to the Fjords. Bergen is connected to a lot of fjords, so you should take ship tour to see them all. There are daily cruises to Hurtigruten, so you can’t miss it.

After a lot of nature, you can come back to metropole of Norway – Oslo. It is the capital of Norway and a must-see city. One of the top places is Frogner Park, it was made the 20th century. There are a lot of sculptures – 212, half of them are different people. If you are having a walk in the Oslo go to see Aker Brygge. For 150 years it was a shipyard, but now it offers great dining places. If you feel that you would like to see great looking fortress from the 13th century then you should visit Akershus Fortress. It is well maintained, you will enjoy it. In the 18th and 19th centuries, this fortress was a prison, Gjest Baardsen was also imprisoned here. If you would like to have the best experience here – visit in summer. A lot of homemade food can be found at Mathallen Food Hall, find your taste of Norway here. 

Next nice place which is worth visiting and mentioning is The Geirangerfjord. None of the pictures can describe how beautiful this place is. These fjords have so much power when you look at them. Green below and full of snow at the top… The view is just amazing. This is a quite similar feeling to seeing The Grand Canyon in the USA, but much closer if you are European. Take a ship to enjoy fjords or choose a bus tour to go as high as possible in the mountains for an amazing sky view. There are multiple great viewpoints to see most of the fjords – Ørnesvingen-eagle Road, Flydalsjuvet Rock, Dalsnibba Mountain Plateau, Mehdi’s Viewpoint, Norwegian Fjord Centre, Geiranger Fjord Viewpoint.

Flåm is a small village in Norway, but it is not a problem to attract many tourists and cruise ships. Flåm has one of the most scenic views and beautiful train lines in the world. It provides a ride for an hour thru the mountains and it provides a fantastic view. Waterfall, mountains, snow and green grass it all is combined during this train ride. 

As always after visiting all major cities and after seeing most scenic views we must have a break and enjoy beautiful girls of Norway. There are plenty of good places to pick up girls in Oslo, a lot of strip clubs. But anyway… I always recommend to call-in the girl, rather than pick her up at strip-club, but if you are interested to visit strip club here are some in the center of Oslo. Paradise Showbar (Rådhusgata 4, 0151 Oslo, Norway), String Showbar (Skippergata 21, 0154 Oslo, Norway), Lotus showbar (Dronningens gate 17, 0154 Oslo, Norway), Blaze Go-Go Bar (Grensen 1 Inngang fra, Møllergata, 0159 Oslo, Norway), Xposed show bar (Bernt Ankers gate 5, 0183 Oslo, Norway).