Norway Facts | Interesting Info about the Norway: Norway, officially called as the Kingdom of Norway is a sovereign and unitary monarchy. Here are the interesting Norway facts which we should know:
- In Norway, stripping counts as an art form for tax purposes.
- Advertising to children under the age of 12 is illegal in Norway and Sweden.
- Sweden and Norway formed the United Kingdom from 1814 to 1905.
- It is illegal to spay or neuter your dog in Norway except under very particular circumstances.
- There’s a town in Norway called Hell.
- Rjukan (Norway) and Viganella (Italy) are both situated in deep valleys where mountains block the sun’s rays for up to 6 months every year, so they built large mirrors to reflect daylight downwards.
- Norway owns an uninhabited frosted island located halfway between Africa and Antarctica.
- 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.
- 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 has run out of garbage, so it’s importing garbage from Norway
Norway’s King and Government:
- 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.
- The late King Olav V of Norway used public transportation and always paid the tickets.
- It takes around three years of higher education to become a police officer in Norway. Graduates get a bachelor’s degree in “Police Studies.”
- Only ten police officers have been killed in Norway since WW2.
- In Norway, no one can disguise their earnings, as every citizen’s tax returns are made available for everyone else in the country to inspect.
- King Harald of Norway vowed to stay unmarried for life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. Then She became the Queen of Norway.
- When you get a book published in Norway, the Government will buy 1000 copies and distribute them to libraries.
Unknown Facts about Norway:
- Norway has the world’s highest gas values at $10.12 a gallon of premium gas.
- Norway was originally called “Nordweg,” meaning the “Northern Way.”
- In Norway, “Texas” is slang for “crazy.”
- 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 areas in Finland.
- 8.2% of people in Norway have tacos every single Friday.
- “Odd” and “Even” are popular names for males in Norway.
- Norway’s coastline is long enough to circle the planet two and a half times.
- Norway is ranked as the country least likely to be affected by climate change. Chad is the most vulnerable.
- Norway’s public Universities are fully free for students from anywhere in the world.
- Norway had a nationwide “butter crisis” in 2011: a single 250 g (8.8 oz) pack of butter would cost about US$50.
Norway – Year by Year:
- Norway was ranked the world’s #1 country in the 2014 Prosperity Index for wealth and well-being.
- Norway introduced Salmon Sushi to the Japanese in the 80s.
- 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.”
- In 2008, Norway donated US$1 billion to help save the Amazon rainforest.
- In 2017, Norway became the first country to turn off FM radio and switch entirely to digital.
- In 2008, Norway knighted a penguin.
- Norway’s first aircraft hijacking was resolved after the hijacker surrendered his weapon in exchange for more beer.
- All prisoners in Norway have internet in their cells.
- Norway’s maximum prison sentence is for 21 years after it abolished life in jail in 1971.
- In Halden, a high-security prison in Norway, every cell has a flatscreen TV, an en-suite shower and fluffy, white towels.
These are various Norway Facts.