Friday, 26 August 2016

Forty Facts about Norway (Part 2)

Another twenty exciting facts about Norway. 

Forty Facts about Norway (Part 2)

21. Norway can boast the largest length of fjords in the world. Fjord is a wide, often curved and deep channel with rocky coasts, piercing inside the mainland for many kilometers. Fjords can be found in Canada, Chile and New Zealand. But the ones in Norway are the most beautiful! 

22. Norwegians are a bit reserved but friendly with the foreigners. The Norwegians have no problem with asking foreigners over, sharing food or giving a piece of advice. You can find good friends there! 

23. It is quite difficult to learn Norsk – the Norwegian language. It has many tones that go up and down, many various-root words. But if you are really diligent, two years may be enough to start communicating. 

24. Domestic and international flights in Norway are extremely cheap. And the services’ quality is higher than in European low-cost airlines. The ticket from Bergen to Dubrovnik (3.5 hours) may cost 40 euros, from Oslo to Amsterdam – 35. 

Forty Facts about Norway (Part 2)

25. Norway fights smoking with very high prices. In the same time, the Norwegians like this habit. Many buy cut filler in bricks and roll cigarettes. Sometimes they buy cigarettes in duty free shops. 

26. Norway has the largest number of tunnels in Europe – hundreds of them and everywhere. One goes under the sea strait at the depth of around four km. Some tunnels and bridges are paid. 

27. Renting a car in Norway is expensive, usually it is two or three times more costly comparing with some other European countries. Petrol is rare; diesel is much more widespread. 

28. Norway has Nordkapp (North Cape) – the northernmost point of mainland Europe. It is located on the edge of a rock far in the north. In clear weather, you may see the glaciers of Arctic. 

29. Norway, with its numerous islands and sea straits, has a developed network of ferries. They cruise almost everywhere, and you may save several hours of the road by taking one – even together with your car. Ferries are usually large, comfortable and relatively cheap. 

Forty Facts about Norway (Part 2)

30. In Norway, it is allowed to catch sea crab, but lobster is prohibited. If lobster gets into your crab trap, as happens quite often, you must release it according to the rules. Answering the question “What do you do with lobsters?”, the majority of the Norwegians will say that they free them – and cunningly wink in the same time. Lobsters are sold at fish markets and there are strict quotas for catching them. 

31. Silver in Norway is relatively inexpensive and of good quality. 

32. Domestic animals, especially dogs, are well-trained: they do not bark, they are friendly and they do not bother their masters. 

33. Energy supplies in Norway are insanely expensive. Electricity used for four weeks in a family of five may cost roughly 1,000 euros or even more. 

34. The largest part of state budget income of Norway comes from fuel sales. Then goes deep-sea fishing, shipbuilding, engineering and construction of deep-water offshore platforms. 

Forty Facts about Norway (Part 2)

35. Along the roads, you may often see small pyramids made of stones. Initially they were made as landmarks after a snowfall or for thick fog. But now it is just a nice tradition. 

36. If the hosts are at home, they usually hoist the national flag in the flagstaff at the house. Many households have one. When they leave, they haul it down. 

37. Respect to private property is everywhere. In the daylight, many people do not lock their houses – with the exception of big cities – and it is fully safe. 

38. While travelling in Norway, do not be greedy and present yourself with an authentic traditional woolen sweater. It may cost a lot, starting from 300 euros, but the quality is outstanding, you will wear it for years! 

Forty Facts about Norway (Part 2)

39. The English word “Thursday” derives from Thor, the Norwegian god of thunder. Initially the day was called “Thor’s day”. 

40. In summer, the Norwegians like to visit warm countries that also have mountains, like Montenegro, Croatia or western Italy. 

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