22 Interesting Facts About Norway

22 Interesting Facts About Norway

  1. The name “Norway” means “path to the North”.
  2. Norway along with Sweden and Denmark make up Scandinavia.
  3. The Jostedalsbreen, in Norway, is the largest glacier in Northern Europe.
  4. Norway has over 20,000 km of coastline.
  5. Gas prices are among the highest in the world, even though Norway is one of the biggest exporters of oil in the world.
  6. The Laerdal road tunnel is the world’s longest road tunnel at 24.5 km (15 miles)
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  7. Norway also has the world’s deepest underwater tunnel at 287 meters deep.
  8. Norway is one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
  9. It is also the most peaceful country, according to the Global Peace Index.22 Interesting Facts About Norway
  10. The official Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square in London has come from Oslo for over the last fifty years.
  11. The cheese slicer was invented in Norway.
  12. Norway is the 6th largest country in Europe, but only ranks 28th as far as population.
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  13. You can only buy alcohol from stores called Vinmonopolet. There are only one or two in each city, and none in the countryside towns.
  14. If caught driving under the influence, there is an automatic 30 days in jail, lose your license for a year, and pay fines up to 10% of your annual income!
  15. Binge drinking on the weekends is a well-established tradition. Just don’t drive home!
  16. Food stores cannot be open on Sundays. If you need groceries then, you have to get them at the local gas station, which are allowed to sell food on Sundays.22 Interesting Facts About Norway
  17. Food prices are so high in Norway that many people travel to Sweden to buy their groceries.
  18. The Grandiosa frozen pizza is the unofficial national food dish.
  19. Norway is the birthplace of modern skiing. The word “ski” is Norwegian for “piece of wood”.
  20. There are about 450,000 lakes in Norway, 200 or so that are 4 square miles or more in size.
  21. There are as many Norwegian descendants living in the US as there are Norwegians living in Norway, especially the states of North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  22. If you own a TV in Norway, you have to pay an annual fee of $300 USD.

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10 thoughts on “22 Interesting Facts About Norway

  1. SoletravelleronReply


    You can actually buy alcohol in the supermarkets as well, but only up to 4,5%. So beer and cider mostly. 🙂



  2. NorskamerikaneronReply

    #13 is not correct. Cities have quite a few Vinmonopolet stores. Trondheim, for example, has 6.
    #16 is also incorrect. In order for any establishment to be open on Sundays or holidays, they must obtain a special license. Most restaurants are open, as are movie theaters, and some museums (during tourist season). Stores that are open on Sundays have a maximum square footage allowance; many stores have a small section blocked off that is only open on Sundays, offering nearly an entire store in 1/8 of the space! It is quite impressive really 😉
    Another fun fact regarding alcohol: Vinmonopolet has limited hours, and only Monday-Sat. Any alcohol purchased at a grocery store has to be done so during mandated hours. There is no sale of alcohol after 20.00 (8pm) on weekdays, and none after 18.00 (6pm) on Saturdays. It is also illegal to have “sales” on alcohol…so we don’t have happy-hour priced drinks over here 😉

  3. VegardonReply

    So manny errors here.

    -You can buy alkahol in normal stores, but mostly 4,5%. any hard licor, wine and etc has to be purchased on the shop called Vinmonopolet.

    -And there’s no limit on how manny Vinmonopolet shops there can be in a city. In Oslo (capitol of Norway) there are at least 11 Vinmonopolet shops. (took me less than a minute to find out)

    – It’s mostly right on the fact on our stores beeing closed on sundays. But we have a shop called Bunnpris that has open on sundays, but there are restrictions to how large erea that can be open then.

    – Resturants and etc can be open on Sundays, there is no restriction there.

    – As Norway is a christian country sunday is considered a holy day, that’s why our shops are closed then.

    – Norway also ranks as #1 at Human Development Index (HDI)

    Wikipedia link to HDI:

  4. Houston-TrondonReply

    A few more corrections; I know they are overlapping with “Norskamerikaner” and Vegard, but I just copied them from a Facebook post I wrote:

    4. The mainland alone has 28 953km. With the islands, it’s 100 915km, the world’s 2nd longest.

    9. The current GPI (2014) has Norway ranked 10 (Iceland is 1st).

    10. It has actually been each year since 1947, so it was 68 years last year.

    13. As Brit says. Also, there are 29 stores in Oslo, 11 in Bergen, 6 in Trondheim, and a lot of countryside towns has one (even Nittedal).

    14. Only if your BAC is 0.12 or above, and the minimum jail time is “only” 21 days; the fine is usually 1.5 month salary, and you loose the license for 2-5 years. For BAC 0.05-0.12, you usually get the fine, a suspended sentence, and 1 year license loss. For BAC 0.02-0.05, usually only the fine.

    16. Stores smaller than a certain size may sell food on Sundays.

    18. Fortunately, that’s a joke. Mostly.

    20. Surprised me as well, and I am only able to find that number in tabloid newspapers and wikipedia, without confirmed sources.

    A couple of additional facts that should be just as interesting for tourists, especially from US or UK:

    23. The public right of access (Allemannsretten) entitles us to recreational activities in the countryside, even on privately owned land (under certain conditions). A US citizen will be surprised by the lack of fences and “no trespassing” signs.

    24. It is illegal to make noise, like mowing your lawn or using other motorized machinery, on Sundays. This used to be in respect of the christian holiday, but is now national law.

  5. DaveonReply

    Planning a trip to Scandinavia soon. My grandmother was born in Horton, Kansas (USA) but her parents were Norwegian immigrants – both whose families are from the Moi area in Rogalund. Their ancestors lived in the countryside and small towns from Sirdal & Mysse to Songdalen. Most recent surnames were Torkelsen & Tollacksen. Many modern-day Torkelsons live in the NE corner of Kansas, and my great-grandparents are buried in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Everst, Kansas. My mother’s father was born in Sweden in 1885 and came to Chicago in 1911 – his surname was Pedderssen (Peterson). I am reitirng, so a long trip to the Norse countries is a longtime dream. My mother always wished to stay the summer in Norway, but she never had the chance to go.

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