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TyraSaturday 08th of May 2004 05:55:55 PM
Looking to know more about Norway - Hello, I am of Norwegian descent and sadly I don't know a lot about Norway I would love to learn more and maybe some of the language just email me at:tyragrimstad@yahoo.ca
ayodejiisSaturday 04th of September 2004 07:36:51 AM
- You aint the only one Tyra that wants to learn about
Norway. I could surely do with some knowledge also, so lets hope someone will help you out soon. Then i can also be helped out by You in turn.




Peter fra LAWednesday 15th of September 2004 11:26:50 PM
Information about the country Norway - The Kingdom of Norway enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world.

Its prosperity is due in large part to the discovery in the late 1960s of off-shore oil and gas deposits.

More than half of Norway's exports come from this sector.

Overview
Norway declared its independence in 1905 when the union with Sweden was dissolved. Norway's people value their independence and prosperity highly. The Norwegians rejected membership of the then European Economic Community in 1972, and of the European Union in 1994, despite being urged by their governments to vote "yes".

Over the last decade, Norway has forged a stronger role for itself in international politics. It has mediated between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, and fostered contact between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil separatists.

Norway has a rich, sea-faring tradition and its lengthy, rugged coastline has been central to its development. More than one-thousand years ago, Viking raids on the coasts of Britain and France were commonplace. The Vikings also mounted expeditions to the coast of North America.

Later, the Norwegians began to trade. Originally, the coastal waters provided fish for export. Today, Norway is among the world's largest exporters of fuels and fuel products.

Norway registered objections to the 1986 International Whaling Commission (IWC) ban on whaling and resumed the practice on a commercal basis in 1993. It argues that whaling is no more cruel than fishing and that stocks are sufficient to allow it to continue. Conservationists disagree.

Facts

  • Population: 4.5 million (UN, 2003)

  • Capital: Oslo

  • Area: 323,759 sq km (125,004 sq miles)

  • Major language: Norwegian

  • Major religion: Christianity

  • Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 82 years (women) (UN)

  • Monetary unit: 1 Norwegian krone = 100 ore

  • Main exports: Fuels and fuel products, machinery, metal products

  • GNI per capita: US $38,730 (World Bank, 2002)

  • Internet domain: .no

  • International dialling code: +47



Most of these facts are pulled from the United Nations. If you want more in depth information I can pull data from the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on this country.

Leaders

King: Harald V
Prime minister: Kjell Magne Bondevik

Prime Minister Bondevik

Mr Bondevik, a Lutheran priest, heads a centre-right coalition which took power in October 2001 after the Labour Party suffered its worst general election result in 90 years.

It is a minority alliance, with just 62 of 165 seats in parliament, comprising Mr Bondevik's Christian People's Party, the bigger Conservative Party and the small Liberal Party.

The parties won voter favour by promising to improve public services, while cutting taxes and using more of the oil wealth to make up the difference.

The three parties agreed not to broach the question of a renewed Norwegian application for membership in the European Union (EU).

Mr Bondevik included eight women among his 19 ministers in line with a Norwegian tradition to have at least 40% women in government.

This is Mr Bondevik's second term as prime minister. He held the job from 1997 until March 2000, when an environmental dispute brought down his centrist minority coalition.


  • Foreign minister: Jan Petersen

  • Finance minister: Per-Kristian Foss

  • Defence minister: Kristin Krohn Devold



Media

Norway's public broadcaster, NRK, monopolised the airwaves until 1981, when the first local radio and TV stations opened. Since then, private local and national stations have built up substantial audiences, competing with NRK for listeners and viewers.

Digital television - via cable and satellite - is growing in popularity and offers a wide range of specialist channels. Plans are afoot for a digital terrestrial TV service.

Norwegians are among the world's keenest newspaper readers. The number of publications is impressive, given the country's small population. Most of the press is privately-owned and openly partisan.

Press freedom is guaranteed by the constitution and public radio and TV broadcast without interference from the government.

The Press

  • VG - large-circulation national daily

  • The Norway Post - English-language

  • Aftenposten - daily

  • Aftenposten - English-language page

  • Dagbladet - mass-circulation national daily

  • Morgenbladet - weekly



Television

  • NRK - public broadcaster, operates national channels NRK-1 and NRK-2

  • TV2 - national, commercial; NRK's main competitor

  • TV3 Norge - commercial, via satellite

  • TV Norge - commercial, via satellite and terrestrially



Radio

  • NRK - public broadcaster, operates three national stations and local services

  • P4 - national, commercial

  • Kanal 24 - national, commercial

  • Radio 1 - commercial, music