Norwegian fjords and mountains are known all over the world, but there are so many things about this European country that rare people know. Today through this blog, I am going to introduce you to some Fascinating Facts About Norway that will knock you out.
Norway is full of impressive facts that anyone can count upon. Hence we have come up with the top 15 interesting facts about Norway. These facts will introduce you to a different Norway that everyone wasn’t familiar with.
List of Interesting Facts about Norway
1. Norway has the world’s longest road tunnel
Do you know Where is the world’s longest road tunnel is? If your answer is no, then it will be an interesting question to ask in your quiz competition. The world’s longest road tunnel is located in Norway and its name is the Lærdal tunnel. The overall length of the Lærdal tunnel is 24.5 kilometers and it connects Lærdal with Aurland in Vestland county. This tunnel was built between 1995-2000 and had taken nearly 1 billion Norwegian kroner to build this longest road tunnel.
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2. Norway has a village named “Hell”
Now Norwegian can take the proverb ”Go to Hell” literally. There is a village in Norway named Hell, this village is spread in 104 hectares of landmass and has nearly 2000 inhabitants. These 2000 inhabitants can now proudly say that they are living in Hell. If you want to reach hell village in Norway then you have to take a flight to Trondheim’s international airport.
3. The Nobel peace prize ceremony is held in Oslo, Norway every year
One of the most fascinating facts about Oslo, Norway is that the Nobel peace prize ceremony is held here every year.
4. It’s not Japan that introduced the salmon sushi, it’s actually Norway
Salmon sushi is a famous cuisine of Japan that raises a myth in the minds of people that these dishes were introduced by any Japanese in Japan, But in reality, salmon sushi was actually introduced in Norway.
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5. First U.N. The Secretary-General was a Norwegian
Trygve Lie was the First U.N. Secretary-General who held the post from 1946 to 1953. Mr. Lie was a Norwegian lawyer and politician and he has stated that the position is one of the most difficult jobs in the world.
6. The Norwegian language has two versions
Norwegian people can read and write in two different variants. The first one is the Bokmål that is common among all and the second one is the Nynorsk that is only popular among people living in rural areas.
7. Norwegians are obsessed with Skiing
Many of us are unaware of the fact that Norway is the country that wins the maximum number of medals in the winter Olympics. Additionally, we should also know that Norwegians are obsessed with Skiing. Even on the international level, Norway has won so many medals and awards. Sondre Norheim, who is a Norwegian, is the father of modern Skiing.
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8. Norway is the home to the maximum number of wild reindeer in Europe
Until the publishing of this blog, you all might be in misconception that reindeer are widely found in the Arctic region. But You might be astounded to hear that they aren’t found in the Arctic but in Hardangervidda. There are around 25,000 species of Reindeer in the world among which 7000 are found in Hardangervidda. If next time someone asks you where you will find a large number of Reindeers, you know what to answer them.
9. Norway features the world’s most remote island
Bouvet Island is said to be the world’s remotest island and it is located in the South of the Atlantic Ocean. Norway has approx fifty square kilometers of land occupied by water bodies. These water bodies feature a plethora of islands from tiny ones to large ones. It also features the remotest island that you’ll never get to visit. There is no airport on this island and no one is allowed to visit there unless he is a scientist or doing research on it.
10. Norway isn’t the correct way to pronounce Norway
You people might be going by its name, but Norway isn’t the correct way to pronounce it. It’s actually pronounced as ‘Noreg’. We actually pronounce Norway in English, but in the Typical Norwegian language, we have to pronounce it Noreg. So, don’t get confused when you hear Noreg for the next time from Norwegians.
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11. It isn’t oil that has boosted the economy of Norway, it is actually hydroelectric power plants
Certainly, people believe that Norway is the prime oil producer and exporter and it has boosted the economy of the country. But this is not actually true. Undoubtedly, Norway is the largest producer of oil but hydroelectric power plants in Norway are the main sector that has boosted the economy. This might be because the vast landmasses in Norway are covered with natural water that enables people to set up hydroelectric power plants.
12. Norway has acquired the second position in the Largest coastline after Canada
Everyone is aware of Norway’s stunning mountains and pristine fjords. But are you familiar with the fact that Norway is the second country after Canada that has the Largest coastline? The overall length of coastline including the coastline of all the islands is more than 1 lakh km. This number keeps changing depending on the contraction and expansion of the land.
13. London gets a huge Christmas tree every year from Norway
London has contributed a lot to help Norway at the time of World war 2nd. So, as a gesture of thanks Norway every year sends a huge Christmas tree to London. The Norwegian brought this tree from the Oslo forest and this Christmas tree was placed in Trafalgar Square. Locals decorate this tree in typical Norwegian style by installing white lights on it.
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14. Oslo is not the first and only capital of Norway
Centuries back in 1040, there was a place named Ânslo or Áslo that is said to be the capital of Norway. Later in 1624, the major part of the city got destroyed due to fire and then people decided to shift and rebuild the capital city. Due to a change in location, the name couldn’t be the same. So they have to rename the capital, and the new capital becomes Christiania. Later in between the 18th and 19th centuries, the co-official capital decided to respell the capital and it became Kristiania. Finally, in 1925, it was again changed and now it was named after its original name Oslo. Oslo also has a nickname, Tigerstaden (the City of Tigers).
15. More than 30% of students in Norway received higher education
Unlike other countries, where people have to invest a huge part of their earnings in the education of students, Norway is winning hearts by providing free education. This can be counted as the most interesting fact about Norway that Norwegian colleges and universities don’t charge tuition fees from students. Regardless of nationality, students can opt for reasonable education from any college or university in Norway.
Now you can impress your friends just by telling these Unique facts about Norway. One thing I can assure you is that they are definitely unaware of these interesting facts. So have a quiz test at your place and ask for some informational quotations about Norway. Your friends will be surprised to see how you know this much about Norway.