Quick Facts

  • Officially the Kingdom of Norway
  • Although Norway remained neutral in world war I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping.
  • In 1949, neutrality was abandoned when Norway became a member of NATO
  • Norway was also a founding member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and the Nordic Council
  • Norway is a member of the Eureopean Economic Area, the WTO, OECD, and Schengen Area
  • Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country;s extensive social safety net with aging population, and preserving economic competativeness
  • Norway has extensive reserves of petroleum, natural gas, minerals, lumber, seafood, fresh water, and hydro power
  • Norway has the fourth highest per capita income in the world
  • Norway maintains a Nordic welfare model with universal health care, subsidized higher education, and comprehensive social security system
  • Climate: glaciated; mostly high plateaus and rugged mountains broken by fertile valleys; small, scattered plains; coastline deeply indented by fjords; arctic tundra in north
  • Ethnic Groups: Norwegian 94.4%, other 5.6%
  • Languages: Bokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official) Sami is the official language in six Norwegian municipalities
  • Norway is divided into 19 administrative divisions (municipalities)
  • Religion: Church of Norway (Evangelical Lutheran – official) 85.7%, Roman Catholic 1%, Pentecostal 1%, other 12.3%
  • Population: 4.71 million
  • The Capital of Norway is Oslo
  • Literacy Rate: 100%
  • GDP per capita: $53,470
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy

  • King: King Harald V
  • Prime Minister: Jens Stoltenberg
  • President of the Storting: Dag Terje Andersen
  • Chief Justice: Tore Schei
  • Current Coalition: Red-Green Coalition

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 80.32 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 7/100,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate: 3.5/1,000 live births
  • Physicians Density: 4.076/1,000 population
  • Population with  HIV/AIDS: 0.1%
  • Obesity rate: 10%
  • Risk of infectious disease: LOW
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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