Norway Fast Facts

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  • Name: Norway
    (long form) Kingdom of Norway
    (local short form) Norge
  • Capital City: Oslo (875,000 pop.)
  • Norway Population: 4,722,701 (2013 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: Norwegian Krone - (plural) Kroner
    (conversion rates)

    Norwegian Krone
    100 Norwegian Krones
  • Ethnicity: Norwegian 94.4%, other European 3.6%, other 2% (2007 estimate)
  • Holidays
  • GDP total: $278.1 billion (2012 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $55,300 (2012 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: Bokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Fredrikstad. Note that the Oslo metro area now exceeds 1.1 million.
  • Name: Some medieval texts attribute the name to the mythical King Norr. However, it's generally assumed the name is derived from Old Norse "norovegr," meaning "the northern route" (the way northwards).
  • National Day: May 17, Constitution Day
  • Religion: Church of Norway 85.7%, Pentecostal 1%, Roman Catholic 1%, other Christian 2.4%, Muslim 1.8%, other 8.1% (2004)
  • Symbols

Norway Photographs

Stavanger Norway

Steep cobblestone street in Stavanger, Norway