10 Facts about Norway | One needs to love the cold to enjoy Norway. Only then the country has one real piece of beauty to offer: nature! 4+ million tourists head for Norway each year, spending approx. US$1,200 per person. But we did warn you. It will be cold up there! Be prepared. Here are some interesting facts about Norway …
(1) Apart from Japan, Norway is the only other country to kill whales.
(2) Norway is one of the top 10 most expensive countries on earth. According to competitiveness scores given by Telegraph.co.uk, cost of life in Norway is 3.23 times higher than average. This price competitiveness chart took into account: airport charges, air taxes, gas prices, hotel prices and general cost of living.
(3) Even being a big exporter of crude oil, Norway still charges the world’s highest gas prices from its citizens.
(4) Not sure why this particular fast food is so extremely popular, but 5.1 million Norwegians eat approx. 25 million pizzas per year.
(5) Norway won the highest amount of Gold-, Silver and Bronze medals at Winter Olympics.
(6) By the traditional count from year 872, the Kingdom of Norway has existed continuously for 1,143 years until today.
(7) Speaking of spectacular nature: the most noticeable pieces are the fjords: deep grooves cut into the land flooded by the sea following the end of the Ice Age. The longest fjord is Sognefjorden at 204 kilometres. Sognefjorden is also the world’s second deepest.
(8) When is comes to inventions, Norway is kind of dead last. The biggest invention coming from Norway is the modern cheese slicer, invented by Thor Bjørklund in 1925.
(9) The christmas tree on London’s Trafalgar Square is a free annual Norwegian gift to the British since 1947 – thanking them for their help against Germany during World War II.
(10) Norwegians go shopping in Sweden, simply because in Norway literally everything is too expensive.
(11) And this last one just rolled in: Norway is front runner when it comes to electric cars and hybrids. They accounted for 52 percent of all new car sales in 2017 in Norway against 40 percent in 2016 according to the Norwegian Road Federation (OFV).