by Kimberly Brown
Where is Norway?
- Norway is located in the Norwegian Sea. It shares a border with Sweden and is close to Finland. Norway is also just north of the United Kingdom (England) and is a close neighbor to Russia.
- Oslo is the capital city of Norway.
- Norway is 125,021 square miles (this is just slightly bigger than New Mexico).
- Norway is home to over 5.1 million people.
- Norway has many mountains.
- Norway has over 1,500 glaciers (floating ice).
Climate and Weather
Norway has a mild temperature along the coast.
Norway get a lot of rain and the summers are pretty cool.
Norway is often described as the "Land of the Midnight Sun", because during the summer months (May through to late July) the sun never completely drops below the horizon in the northern areas of the country and other areas have around 20 hours of sunlight a day. In the winter there is very little sunlight during the day.
- Lefse is a special treat Norwegians eat for holiday celebrations. It is a potato flat bread with butter and sugar sprinkled on top. It is delicious! (See the photo below).
- Lutefisk is another famous dish in Norway. It is a type of fish. It is a very smelly fish, but it is very popular!
- Most people in Norway speak Norwegian.
- Many people speak both English and Norwegian.
Holidays and Traditions
- Common holidays celebrated in Norway are Christmas (Jul or Jol) and Easter (Påske).
- During the holidays family is very important.
- Norwegian Constitution Day is on 17 May. This is when Norwegians celebrate that the country established its first constitution on May 17, 1814.
- Constitution Day is a public holiday.
- Birthdays, weddings, and baptisms are all very important traditions celebrated in Norway.
- Norway is home to a number of Arctic animals such as reindeer, wolverines, polar bear, the puffin bird and the Arctic fox.
- The troll plays a significant part in Norwegian and Scandinavian folktales. The troll is an ugly, messy, nasty creature that lives in caves or forests and will turn to stone if sunlight hits them. There are even a few areas in Norway that have been named after the troll.
- Norway is home to the world's longest road tunnel, with a length of 24.5 km's (15.3 miles) the tunnel has become a tourist attraction in itself.