Oslo Norway

is a land of pine-topped mountain ranges, valleys gouged out by glaciers and narrow deep-sided inlets from the sea know as fjords. It became an independent nation in 1905 and has a population of about 4 1/2 million.

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During the 1970's offshore drilling for oil & natural gas expanded rapidly, allowing Norway to enlarge its already extensive social welfare system.

Norway is one of the world's leading fishing nations. It accounts for about 3% of the world's total catch.

Check out the Viking ships - in remarkable condition - recovered at the end of the 19th century.Three long boats are on display at the Viking Ship Museum, including an 1100 year old vessel found buried in clay.

Oslo is the nation's capital, principal port, and industrial center. About 1/4 of the total population of Norway lives in the vicinity of Oslo.

Norway became an independent nation in 1905. and generates large quantities of inexpensive hydroelectric power, much of which is consumed by the country's electro chemical and electro metallurgical industries.

One of the most serious environmental problems facing Norway is acid rain, the result of its industrial activity. Because of it, many of Norway's lakes can no longer support fish.

Norway has the lowest population density in continental Europe, with about 31 people per square mile.

Norway offers its citizens of the most comprehensive social welfare systems in the world. Domestic debates increasing center on ways to reduce the costs of maintaining their extensive social welfare system.

Norway facts:

Government: Constitutional monarchy, with a democratically elected government.
Population: ~5 million
Currency: Krone