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Besøker Norge- Visit Norway!


Norway, homeland of the Vikings, the North Cape, hydrodynamic power, the Hurtigruten and Nobel Prize for peace. Modern in many ways but still in touch with their traditional heritage it stands tall in the north of Europe. As the western part of the Scandinavian peninsula, it offers 25.000 km of coastline to the Atlantic ocean, a major part of that is due the large number of fjords and bays. Without those geological landmarks formed over long times by glacial periods, the coast would be only 2650 km long. Off the coast you will find over 150000 islands, who ever got the wish to pass some time on a lonely island for a while should be able to do just that in Norway. More than 500 camping sites, 100 youth hostels, boarding houses, hotels and an uncountable number of holiday houses invite you to stay and explore Norway and spend some quality time. Bring your friends or your whole family, if you are looking for peace of mind or like action packed holidays, everything is possible in Norway.

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Country & Cities


The kingdom of Norway, with the head of state King Harald the 5th, has a population of about 5 million people. Most of the population is concentrated around the biggest cities, so you can find a third of the total population in and around the Area of Oslo, the capital of Norway. Oslo is a beautiful city with many sights to see, for instance there is the old town centre with the stronghold of Akeershus just to name one highlight. Further a must-see is the open air museum “Norskfolkemuseum”, the Nobel Peace Centre, the national gallery, which offers paintings of the famous artist Edward Munch and the Viking ship museum offer a glimpse into history and identity of Norway. If you are interested in architecture, you cannot get past the building of the new modern opera house, the unusual structure of Mortensrud church or the city devolvement project called “Vulcan” are really unique sights but still typical Norwegian style. The other great cities of Norway are Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger.

Climate


In geographic terms, although situated on the same latitude as Greenland or Siberia its far less cold there because of the warm winds the passing Gulf Stream carries along with its waters. The coastal waters are nearly ice free all year long and winters at the coast are offering a mild climate then. The South of Norway offers mostly a stable climate, over the summer the temperature can climb above 30 degrees and smaller lakes and bay reach comfortable warmth for taking a refreshing bath. In the mountains a quick change of weather is a common sight and over the winter months heavy rainfall plagues the coast even making the city of Bergen one of the wettest cities in Europe. Of Course the heavy rainfall provides a lot of snow in the inland where it may get a lot colder (common are double degrees below minus), but that is what you want if you plan on maintaining a long winter sports tradition and season.

Natur erleben




Norway is the place to be for nature lovers who thrive in visiting thundering waterfalls, deep gorges, remote forests and miles over miles of high plateaus. The wide south-north stretch of Norway provides a country with many different climate zones; therefore you will find many different plant and animal species there. In the north you may encounter habitants of arctic zones like arctic hares or foxes, in the middle of Norway muskoxen and in the South elks, badgers and Lynx. With the long coast that Norway provides it is only natural that there are vast numbers of sea birds like the Atlantic Puffin, Uria and other member of the Auk family. If you take trip by boat, watch out for whales and sea dogs.

The most fascinating of Norways geological structure are of course the majestic Fjords, that can be found along most of the coastline, reaching far into the heartland of Norway. The most famous among them is the spectacular Geirangerfjord, 15 km long and and acknowledged as UNESCO World Nature Heritage is worth a visit all year long. The Nærøyfjord is also Part of the World Nature Heritage and embedded in forests, meadows, glaciers and lofty mountains and especially suitable for canoe and kayak touring.

Unforgettable spectacles are colorful shimmering northern lights, which may be seen in Norway best at the months of March and September at the northern night sky. They are caused by sun winds who hit the magnetic field of the earth and are a real ray of hope in the long polar nights that are taking place during the winter months. The surrounding of the town Tromsö is deemed as one of the best place to witness the polar lights. The counterpart to the polar night is of course the midnight sun in the summer. In the district called Finmark close to the North Cape, the sun will not cross the horizon for six month and bathing the whole landscape into a mystic light.

Sports and activities


Foremost over all other activities Norway is known for its magnificent possibilities to fish. The countless lakes, streams and rivers offer a vast number of more than 40 different species of fresh-water fish. Famous for their salmon are the rivers Gaula, Surna und Suldalslågen, that are rumored to carry the world largest specimen of Atlantic salmon! Very impressive, not only for fishermen, is the so called “Saltstraumen”, the biggest tidal current in the world, which is said to offer rich fishing grounds.

For those out there who are not satisfied with watching the stretches of water from the strands, can borrow a canoe or kayak and explore the remote lakes or for instance the “Telemarks Sewer”, a fantastic adventure for the whole family! Those of the visitors, which are looking for the thrill of excitement, will be better of dashing into the wild waters of the Trysilelven River, one of the most beautiful wild streams the country has to offer. Nearly as wild is the river Sjoa, which also offers rafting for folks of all ages, just experience the power of the white waters and enjoy it.

Nearly as big as the field of water related sports are the possibilities for winter sports. From small ski regions like Sjusjøen over to larger ones like Trysil that offer over 60 slopes, you got the choice! Flood light slopes, fun parks, downhill slopes for children and cross-country ski tracks can be found in most of the ski regions. Other activities like ice skating, snow shoe hikes or curling can be done all over Norway during the winter time, the large numbers of frozen lakes and the snowy forests provide optimal conditions. Ski-jump fans have to visit the Holmenkollen-Jump, which also offers a museum highlighting the history of that sport.


Name: Kongeriket Norge (Königreich norway)
Staatsoberhaupt: SM König Harald V. von norway
Regierungssystem: parlamentarische Demokratie - König hat repräsentative Aufgaben
Provinzen (Fylke): 19
Einwohner: 4.979.252 (2009)
Fläche: 385.199 km² - 26% Wald, 3% Ackerland
Hauptstadt: Oslo
Landesgrenzen: 2 515 km, davon Finnland 729 km, Schweden 1 619 km, Russland 167 km
Küstenlinie: 21.347 km (ohne Inseln)
Anzahl der Inseln und Eilande:: ca. 150.000 (2.000 bewohnt)
Währung: Norwegische Krone
1 EUR ~ 7,7 NOK
Sprache: Norwegisch
Staatskirche: Kirche von norway
(evangelisch-lutherisch)
Nationalfeiertag: 17. Mai
Gerichtswesen: 1 Oberster Gerichtshof >>> 5 Höhere Gerichte >>> 100 Kreis- und Stadtgerichte

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