15 Facts About Norway

1. In 1999, Norway granted refuge to an US drug smuggler because the Norwegian Supreme Court declared that US prisons do not meet "minimum humanitarian standards.

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2. In 1999, Norway granted refuge to an US drug smuggler because the Norwegian Supreme Court declared that US prisons do not meet "minimum humanitarian standards.

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3. In 1999, Norway granted refuge to an US drug smuggler because the Norwegian Supreme Court declared that US prisons do not meet "minimum humanitarian standards.

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4. On Wednesday, the IDB said Norway has contributed to its Transparency Fund since its inception in 2007 and in 2018, the government donated an additional US$1.1 million to the fund.

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5. On 1 January 2017, Norway made the church independent of the state, but retained the Church's status as the "people's church".

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6. Since the late 20th century, Norway has attracted immigrants from southern and central Europe, the Mideast, Africa, Asia and beyond.

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7. In March 2014, Norway became the first country where over 1 in every 100 passenger cars on the roads is a plug-in electric.

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8. The northern coast of Norway would thus be ice-covered if not for the Gulf Stream.

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9. The Vikings from Norway were most active in the northern and western British Isles and eastern North America isles.

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10. The earliest traces of human occupation in Norway are found along the coast, where the huge ice shelf of the last ice age first melted between 11,000 and 8,000 BC.

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11. The English name Norway comes from the Old English word Norþweg mentioned in 880, meaning "northern way" or "way leading to the north", which is how the Anglo-Saxons referred to the coastline of Atlantic Norway similar to scientific consensus about the origin of the Norwegian language name.

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12. The highest FIFA ranking Norway has achieved is 2nd, a position it has held twice, in 1993 and in 1995.

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13. In the first quarter of 2009, the GNP of Norway surpassed Sweden's for the first time in history, although its population is half the size.

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14. As of 1 January 2017, the Church of Norway is a separate legal entity, and no longer a branch of the civil service.

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15. From the Middle ages to 1814 Norway was part of the Danish kingdom.

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