Norway Fun & Facts

Norway Facts: Here you find out the latest, amazing and interesting fun and facts like; Geography, Maps, Flag, History, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Race, Religion, Literacy rate and Economy of it.

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  • Norway introduced Salmon Sushi to the Japanese in the 80s.
  • Norway was ranked the world's #1 country in the 2014 Prosperity Index for wealth and well-being.
  • Norway has the world's highest gas prices at $10.12 a gallon of premium gas.
  • In 2008, Norway knighted a penguin.
  • In Norway, stripping counts as an art form for tax purposes.
  • All prisoners in Norway have internet in their cells.
  • When you get a book published in Norway, the Government will buy a 1000 copies and distribute them to libraries.
  • Advertising to children under the age of 12 is illegal in Norway and Sweden.
  • Norway's public Universities are free for students from anywhere in the world.
  • The monarch of Norway's title is "Norway's King" rather than "King of Norway", signifying that he belongs to the country and not vice versa.
  • "Odd" and "Even" are popular names for males in Norway.
  • There's a town in Norway called Hell.
  • Sweden has run out of trash so it's importing garbage from Norway
  • 8.2% of people in Norway eat tacos every single Friday.
  • The late King Olav V of Norway used public transportation and always paid the tickets.
  • Norway was originally called "Nordweg," meaning the "Northern Way."
  • King Harald of Norway vowed to remain unmarried for life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. She became the Queen of Norway.
  • Norway's NRK TV channel shows include an 8-hour train ride, a 12-hour knitting show, a 12-hour log fire and 18-hours of salmon spawning.
  • Sweden and Norway formed a United Kingdom from 1814 to 1905.
  • Norway will be the first country to turn off FM radio in 2017 and switch completely to digital.
  • Norway owns an uninhabited frozen island located halfway between Africa and Antarctica.
  • Only 10 police officers have been killed in Norway since WWII.
  • It is illegal to spay or neuter your dog in Norway except under very specific circumstances.
  • Ikea names sofas, coffee tables and bookshelves after places in Sweden; beds, wardrobes and hall furniture after places in Norway; carpets after places in Denmark and dining tables and chairs after places in Finland.
  • In 2008, Norway donated US$1 billion to help save the Amazon rainforest.
  • Norway's first aircraft hijacking was resolved after the hijacker surrendered his weapon in exchange for more beer.
  • In Halden, a high-security prison in Norway, every cell has a flatscreen TV, an en-suite shower and fluffy, white towels.
  • Norway had a nationwide "butter crisis" in 2011: a single 250 g (8.8 oz) pack of butter would cost about US$50.
  • The eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia is believed to be the reason why the sky is red in Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream", set in Norway.
  • In 1999, Norway granted refuge to a U.S. drug smuggler because the Supreme Court declared that U.S. prisons do not meet "minimum humanitarian standards."
  • Norway is ranked as the country least likely to be affected by climate change. Chad is the most vulnerable.
  • In Norway , "Texas" is slang for "crazy."
  • The U.S. has more people of Norwegian descent than Norway.
  • It takes 3 years of higher education to become a police officer in Norway. Graduates get a bachelor's degree in "Police Studies."
  • Sami people in Norway castrate reindeers using their teeth.