Tuesday, January 08, 2008

norway tourism

About Norway
In Norway, nature is a majestic gift to mankind. The scenery is refreshingly unconventional, as the nature is unspoilt, exotic and mystical. Visitors will get to know the most beautiful and enchanting places they have ever seen. With miles of unspoilt fjords, towering mountains and tumbling waterfalls, Norway is receiving more visitors every year—visitors in search of untouched natural habitats and rich culture. The country attracts visitors all year round, not only thanks to the diversity of the landscape, but also its vital energy and contrast of lights, shades and seasons, which offer new discoveries with every visit. The country is noted for its natural phenomena, particularly the midnight sun and the Northern Lights. From the middle of May to the end of July, the sun is visible 24 hours per day in three of the northernmost counties. From November to February is the best time to see the Northern Lights. Watching these shimmering sheets of light chasing across the Arctic sky is magnificent. Norway extends so far to the north that distances can take a long time to cover. The drive from the south to the North Cape covers about 2,500 km. However, these great distances allow the visitor to experience dramatic variations in the landscape. Norway is one of the few countries in the world with fjords, deep indentations in the coastline formed by the scouring action of glaciers millions of years ago. For those on a quest for action, Norway’s pristine nature offers great potential for outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, skiing, river rafting and kayaking. Norway is truly the traveller’s dream!
Population: 4,604,800, as of 1 Jan. 2005 Capital: Oslo Head of State: His Majesty King Harald V of Norway Prime Minister: Jens Stoltenberg Currency: Norsk Krona Language: Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk) (In some districts, Sámi is also an official language) Total Area: The Kingdom of Norway: 385,155km2 Religion: Church of Norway (Evangelical Lutheran) Location: Norway is located in Northern Europe, bordering the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Sweden. Form of Government: Constitutional Monarchy

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