Visit Norway to experience the magic of this stunning archipelago! In Norway, enjoy Norwegian cuisine and speak Norwegian language. This country gets most of its sea food, from the North and Baltic sea. In addition, the notable cuisine includes Fish that is either poached, smoked, grilled, fried, salted-dried or cured. Similarly, some of the famous Norwegian meals include fiskesuppe (fish soup), Røkt laks (smoked salmon), sild (pickled herring) and gravlaks (salmon filets) served with mustard sauce.
- Nordlysfestivalen (Northern Lights Festival), This week-long festival of classical and contemporary music in Jan, symbolises the return of the sun.
- Bergen International Festival, contemporary music festival that adds a real spring to Bergen’s summer fest.
- UKA Trondheim. 3.5 weeks Prestigious festival, one of Norway’s largest, featuring an array of international and domestic artists from classical music to rock, theatre to wrestling, juggling to crime writing, and much more.
Norway for First Time Visitors: Learn Norwegian Phrases
- Good Morning – God Morgen
- Cheers! – Skål!
- Good Night – God natt
- Sorry – Beklager
- Yes – Ja
- No – Nei
- Thank you – Takk
Norway Enjoys world’s Highest Standards of Living
The country exhibits unbelievable views of glaciers, mountains and fjord coastlines. The capital of Norway is Oslo, a hotbed for green spaces, museums, exciting food, music and culture. Also, Norway is famous for fishing, hiking and skiing activities. Bergen, on the other hand flaunts dramatic bright wooden houses along the Wharf. Likewise, Bryggen is an iconic facade, with tall and slim wooden townhouses along the quayside and are instantly recognisable as a symbol of Bergen.
As a matter of fact, Bryggen went from the brink of destruction, to being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Do visit the historical Viking ships displayed at Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum. In fact, you’ll find many potters, jewellers, artists, textile and leather crafters’ shops on the either side of the alleys between the historic houses.
Throughout the 1st World War, Norway was in principle of a neutral country
In reality, Norway was pressured by British, to hand over large parts of its merchant fleet to them at low rates. Norwegian merchant marine ships, were then sailing under the British flag at risk of being sunk by German submarines. Many Norwegian sailors and ships were lost in the process! Thereafter, world ranking of the Norwegian merchant navy, collapsed from fourth to sixth place. Above all, Norway is a founding member of the United Nations, Council of Europe, NATO, Antarctic Treaty and Nordic Council. It is also a member of the European Economic Area, the WTO and the OECD and a part of the Schengen Area. Officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign monarchy, that includes a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land. Until 1814, the Kingdom included the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland.
Norway from the Old Norse word means Northern way
Norway has two official names, Noreg in Nynorsk and Norge in Bokmål. The name Norway comes from the Old Norse word norðrvegr, meaning “northern way”. Norway has an extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea. In fact, it is bordered by Russia, Finland, Skagerrak Strait and Denmark. In fact, The country has extensive reserves of petroleum, natural gas, minerals, lumber, seafood, fresh water, and hydropower. Expect stunning landscapes throughout Norway! Above all, National Geographic has listed the Norwegian fjords as the world’s top tourist attraction.