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Countries of the World: Norway
Resources about Norway including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Norway GDP (2010): $433 billion. Annual growth rate (2008): 2.1%. Per capita GDP (2009, purchasing power parity): $52,561. Natural resources: Petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, titanium, pyrites, nickel, fish, timber, hydropower Arable land: 2.7%. Agriculture: Products--dairy, livestock, grain (barley, oats, wheat), potatoes and other vegetables, fruits and berries, furs, wool, pork, beef, veal, fish. Industry: Types--petroleum and gas, food processing, shipbuilding, pulp and paper products, aluminum, ferroalloys, iron and steel, nickel, zinc, nitrogen, fertilizers, petrochemicals, hydroelectric power, refinery products, timber, mining, textiles, fishing, transport equipment, electronics. Trade (2009): Exports (f.o.b.)--$177 billion. Major markets- -U.K. 23%, Germany 12.5%, Netherlands 11%, France 8%, Sweden 6%, U.S. 5%. Imports (f.o.b.)--$115 billion. Major suppliers--Sweden 14%, Germany 13%, China 8%, Denmark 7%, U.K. 6%, U.S. 6%. GDP by activity (2009): Oil and gas--22%; general government--16%; manufacturing, mining, electricity, building and construction--15%; value added tax (VAT), etc.- -11%; commodities, vehicle repairs, etc.--7%; communication and transport--5%; agriculture, forestry, and fishing--1%; other services (commercial, housing, financial, private health/education, hotel and catering, etc.)--23%.

Geography of Norway Area (including the island territories of Svalbard and Jan Mayen): 385,199 sq. km. (148,726 sq. miles); approximately the same size as New Mexico. Cities (January 2010 est.): Capital--Oslo (pop. 586,860). Other cities--Bergen (256,580), Trondheim (170,940), Stavanger (123,840). Terrain: Rugged with high plateaus, steep fjords, mountains, and fertile valleys. Climate: Temperate along the coast, colder inland.

Government of Norway Type: Hereditary constitutional monarchy. Independence: 1905. Constitution: May 17, 1814. Branches: Executive--king (chief of state), prime minister (head of government), Council of Ministers (cabinet). The Council is appointed by the monarch in accordance with the will of the Storting, to which the Council is responsible. Legislative--modified unicameral parliament (Storting, 169 members, elected for 4 years by universal adult suffrage). Judicial--Supreme Court, appellate courts, city and county courts. Political parties: Labor, Progress, Conservative, Socialist Left, Christian Democratic, Center, Liberal. Suffrage: Universal over 18. Administrative subdivisions: 19 fylker (counties) and 430 municipalities, and Svalbard.

Map of Norway This Map of Norway shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Oslo the capital of Norway. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Norway The Official Name of Norway is the Kingdom of Norway. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Norway Nationality: Noun and adjective--Norwegian(s). Population (July 2010 est.): 4,888,000. Annual population growth rate (2009): 1.3%. Density (2009): 16 per sq. km. (excluding inland water). Ethnic groups: Norwegian (Nordic, Alpine, Baltic); Sami, a racial-cultural minority; foreign nationals from Nordic and other countries. Religion (2009): Church of Norway (Lutheran), 80.7%; Roman Catholic, 1.2%; Pentecostal Christian, 0.8%; other Christian, 2.9%; Muslim, 1.9%; other, none, or unknown, 12.5%. Languages: Bokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities, English is widely spoken (Sami is official in six municipalities). Education: Years compulsory--10. Literacy--100%. Health: Infant mortality rate (2009)--3.1 deaths/1,000. Life expectancy (2009 est.)--men 78.6 yrs; women 83.1 yrs. Work force (2009) 2.6 million: Legislators, senior officials, and managers--6%; professionals--13%; technicians and associate professionals--25.3%; clerks--6.8%; service workers and market sales workers--23.7%; agricultural, forestry, and fishery workers--2.4%; craft and related trades workers--10.7%; plant and machine operators and assemblers--7.0%; other occupations and unspecified--5.2%.

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