Norway is a nation in Europe that contains mountains, glaciers, and deep coastal fjords. Its capital city Oslo is known as the home of the green space museum. Norway is the safest, most productive and happiest country in the world. It is the home to amazing culture, structures, and terrain. Norway has many amazing fun facts, and here are some of the most interesting facts.
Fun Facts About Norway
- Norwegians can only buy alcoholic drinks from specific shops and stores in town. The stores are referred to as Vinmonopolet and in every city there are at most two Vinmonopolet stores or shops.
- There are ancient carvings in Rødøy in Norland County that could indicate that Norwegians began skiing as early as 4,000 years ago. However, modern skiing considers that the origin of this sport was the county of Telemark in the nineteenth century.
- The region Hammerfest proclaimed itself the most northern part of the world. However, in reality, an area called Knivskjelodden, which is located in Norway, is scientifically the most northern part of the world. The region sticks a long finger up north to a distance of approximately 4,780 feet.
- It is a fact that Norway played a significant role in bringing about civilization to the western world during the Viking age. The era was named plundering after an English monastery in the early 793.
- Gasoline prices in Norway are the highest in the entire globe. The cost is estimated to be US$9.79 per single gallon of gasoline. However, Norway exports gas in large quantities.
- In 985, the father of Erik the Red, Thorvald Asvaldsson, was banished from Norway for committing murder. Twenty-five ships accompanied him, but fourteen of them docked in Greenland, from which two communities developed.
- During the kingdoms era, an alliance created by farmers murdered the former king of Norway, Olav II Haraldsson, for his religion, Christianity. The farmers considered this new religion as an abomination.
- The official language of Norway is Norwegian of Norsk and is written in two official forms, Bokmål or Nynorsk. The language came from ancient languages of the people who inhabited the land, for example during the time of Danish dominance a language was developed from the native Danish languages.
- During the Second World War, Malta became the region that was most hit by bomb attacks and the second position is bestowed to the Norwegian mining town of Kirkenes.
- The potato-based drink Akevitt is Norway's national drink. The alcohol is prepared from potatoes and mixed with caraway seeds. The Akevitt was invented in 1831 from whiskey, which was developed initially by Eske Bille. The first drink brewed was sent directly to the Archbishop Olav Engelbrektsson. The archbishop referred to this drink as the remedy for all diseases.
- Coffee is the first non-alcoholic drink in Norway. Experts estimate that coffee came into use in Norway about 280 years ago, but it was not until the 1870s that coffee was legally accepted in the nation.