Norway sits at the far north of Europe, to the west of Sweden, Finland and Russia. Part of Scandinavia, Norway is shaped a bit like a rasher of bacon, bordering Sweden at its bottom and middle, and Finland and Russia at its top end.
Norway is a very beautiful country, with many magnificent mountains and narrow fingers of sea - known as ‘fjords’ - which run between its cliffs. The country has 2665 km of wonderful coastline, and some of the largest glaciers in Europe which form to the north in parts of the Arctic circle. Over a quarter of Norway is made up of huge forests.
Of course Norway’s most famous, or rather infamous, export were the Vikings. The men with the horned helmets, blonde hair and white beards came from these parts, sailing to the UK and many other parts of Europe to explore.
Norway, like Sweden, is also known as the 'land of the midnight sun'. Between May and June, most of the country is bathed in sunlight for up to 19 hours every single day. However the downside to this is that most of the country has very few daylight hours in winter, from December to January.
What a lot of people don’t know is that many world famous writers, composers, actors and painters have come from Norway, and that they also have a monarchy.
Take a look at the Vikings, their history, the impacts on our life today in Viking Saga.
Most of us know very little about the Norwegian people - what food they eat, their schools and their love of sport. Find out all about these and more in Life.
To sign off, why not check out some of the weird and wonderful facts about Norway and its famous people in Amazing Facts.
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