About Norway

April 22nd, 2009
Map of Norway (LonelyPlanet)

Map of Norway (LonelyPlanet)

Opening Presentation – “Norway in Ten Days”

Download a ZIP file that includes the PPT of the “Norway in Ten Days: Hold onto your Cheese Slicers” slideshow.  You are free to use the images in the slideshow if you credit the source.

Download the ZIP (26MB) here.

Facts about Norway

Official name

Kingdom of Norway

System of government

Constitutional monarchy
Parliamentary democracy

The Royal House of Norway

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

Population

4 737 171 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008
Norway has an indigenous Sami population as well as five national minorities, defined as groups with long association with Norway.

Official languages

Norwegian (the two forms Bokmål and Nynorsk)
Sami (equal status with Norwegian in parts of Troms and Finnmark counties)

Religion

Protestant Christianity

Information from: Statistics Norway (http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/00/minifakta_en/en/)

Suggested Reading

Dear UNO Traveler,

For those of you interested in some light or heavy reading about Norway between now and your departure in May, some great resources are listed below.

From One of Your Hosts in Kristiansand:

This resource could be of interest: http://www.studyinnorway.no/Living-in-Norway/Norwegian-society

There is also the book from UiA where one of the authors will give a keynote for you in Norway.
(Andreas Aase): http://www.portalforlag.no/?articleid=32

The Norwegian Embassy has also suggested some books below.  Enjoy!
http://www.norway.org/culture/literature/bokliste.htm

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