Monday, 22 August 2016

Forty Facts About Norway (Part 1)

Twenty compelling facts about Norway. 

Forty Facts About Norway (Part 1)

1. Norway is a fantastic country. Rich and diverse nature, huge stock of energy resources and the responsible use of them make the Norwegians a wealthy nation. 
2. Population of Norway slightly exceeds five million people. More than 1.5 live in Oslo and its suburbs. Any town with a population of more than 30 thousand inhabitants is considered a city. 
3. 100 per cent of the Norwegians speak, read and write in English. Children start to learn the language from 5-6 years or even earlier. 
4. The majority of TV shows are in English, maximum – with the Norwegian subtitles. To be honest, it is pretty convenient. 
5. The Norwegians love and value the sea. They prefer to live no more than 200-300 meters from the water. Those who live deep inside the country prefer to buy the second house at the seacoast. Eighty per cent of people have boats. 
6. The climate of Norway is incredibly changeable. Fog, sun, strong wind, rain, fog again may change at a fantastic speed. As the Norwegians say, if you do not like our weather, just wait for 15 minutes! 

Forty Facts About Norway (Part 1)

7. The nature here is majestic and varied: forests, mountains, lakes, rivers – and everything is untouched by the human. The Norwegians care about nature, there are practically no poachers or garbage. Thanks to the sea – there is practically no annoying insects. Summers are not hot… Is it heaven? 
8. According to the law, any citizen or tourist have wayleave to all natural resources in the forest or in the sea. You may walk or swim whenever you want. If the land is private or fenced – ask the permission first. 
9. It is true that Norway is very very expensive. In general, all goods are costly; you may easily go to a supermarket and spend 200 euros without buying anything substantial. Prices for services – like taxi or building – are just unreal. The taxes are insane. Prices for gasoline are skyrocketing. In the same time, Norway is the second largest oil exporter in Europe. The giants like Shell and Statoil are Norwegian companies. 
10. Food in Norway is of the highest quality, especially dairy products. By the way, Norwegian hamburgers are the most expensive in Europe. Other fast-foods cost a lot as well. 

Forty Facts About Norway (Part 1)

11. Laws are strictly observed in Norway, criminal cases are at minimum. Theft is unthinkable for the majority of citizens. Only large retail chains have anti-theft detectors or security cameras. 
12. Practically all population is connected to the high-speed Internet. Because of the climate and big distances, the Norwegians spend a lot of time online. 
13. The Norwegians like and protect their monarchy. Especially the older generation is proud that they kept the royal family. 
14. Sea and fresh-water fishing in Norway is a dream come true for experts. Fish and seafood like crabs, mussels and perrywinkles, are abundant there. Fishing regions are in the north, there is no fishing industry starting from Bergen and to the south. You may catch a fish always in every weather and practically everywhere. 

Forty Facts About Norway (Part 1)

15. It is difficult to buy strong alcohol in Norway. You should go to a special shop chain called Vinmonopolet, or “monopoly on alcohol”. The monopolist is the state. These shops are open from Monday until Friday. Alcohol is really expensive there. 
16. The locals like to drink but do not know how to drink. They get soon inebrious and act in a noisy and a strange way. 
17. You may drive the whole day in the central part of Norway (or in any other part of Norway) and do not come across a police car – or a police officer. But a tractor on the road going at 40 km per hour is a common thing. 
18. The life is very calm and slow-paced there. The workday usually starts at 10 a.m. and finishes already at 4 p.m. On weekends, only restaurants or supermarkets are open. People do not rush anywhere. 
19. Usually next to a farm you may find a table with fruit, vegetables, price information, scales, bags for the purchase and a can for money. It is a kind of self-service, nobody is near. 
20. Young and middle-aged Norwegians are fond of sci-fi and fantasy. Films like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings are very popular. 


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