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Top 3, in Norway

Top 3, in Norway

Surely, we all know the situation of the global pandemic, so it is pointless to ignore the elephant in the room. We took all precautionary measures (we hope you will), moving our offices for a moment at home, in the bedroom, kitchen or living room and we continued to provide you with the best content.

Given the evolution of the news of the last period, it is not surprising that we had to take a break from departures and trips, even if they were planned in advance. As much as we are interested in discovering this wonderful planet that we have taken advantage of lately, so much should concern our health and others. With this idea in mind, we decided to bring back on the blog a type of article already known by some readers, our Top 3.

It is no mystery that Norway has become the most productive nation in the world, having discovered its remarkable natural resources and, first and foremost, oil, which has been totally missing in the past. But where do we find Norway on the map? For Europeans that might be an easy guess, but for people outside of it, not so much. Geographically, it is situated as far north of mainland Europe as you can and hosts the northernmost point in mainland Europe that can be accessed by vehicle–the North Cape Cliff. It’s part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. It is a long country that’s bordering Sweden, Finland and Russia on the east, and a wide coastline facing the North Atlantic Ocean on the west.

Nearly half of the country’s inhabitants live in the far south, in the area surrounding Oslo, the capital. Starting from this, let’s see what cities have the highest population:

  • Oslo – around 675.000 people
  • Bergen – around 270.000 people
  • Trondheim – around 180.000 people

Did you know that in recent years, Norway has consistently been rated as the ‘ best country to live in’ by the United Nations Human Development Survey? This annual ranking is primarily based on average rates of education and employment, together with life expectancy, but also on factors such as civil rights and cultural freedom. There are 5.2 million people living in Norway and it is said that almost 32% of them have higher education.

Since we have mentioned the total population, we should also mention the ethnic groups:

  • Norwegian 2% (includes about 60.000 Sami)
  • Other European3%
  • Other 5%

Moving forward, let’s see what this country really has to offer. Norway is mostly famous for its natural scenery, fjords and glaciers, the beautiful Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. There are 291 peaks with a sea level height of 2,000 meters (6,562 ft) or more and a topographical prominence of more than 10 metres. Fun fact, modern and ancient skiing were invented in Norway. The highest mountain peaks are:

  • Galdhøpiggen – 2469 meters 8100 ft)
  • Glittertind – 2465 meters (8087 ft)
  • Store Skagastølstinden – 2405 meters (7890 ft)

Most of us have dreamed at least once in their lives about the islands on the Mediterranean or the Caribbean and how breathtaking and exotic they are. But you know what else they can be? Mainstream and overcrowded during the season time. Norway’s beautiful islands, on the hand, have to offer an even better scenery. Here are some that captured our attention:

  • Moskenesøya, Lofoten (a great place for hiking)
  • Hidra, Vest-Agder (an idyllic landscape)
  • Vestvågøy, Lofoten (some of the best beaches for surfing in Europe)

 We’ve mentioned people, mountains, beaches, but what about attractions? According to different opinions, Norway provides tourists an amazing blend of cultural and natural wonders. Getting around the state is convenient, and the country’s top-notch transit systems offer some of the best opportunities for sightseeing, whether by rail or by fantastic coastal steamers. The top 3 are:

  • Geirangerfjord – The most popular tourist destinations in Norway are undoubtedly the fjords.
  • Arctic Circle – A wide part of northern Norway is situated inside the Arctic Circle, which provides the country with two of its most popular tourist attractions. The first, the Midnight Sun, is an incredible sight and feel, which can be experienced during the summertime. Yet, it’s the dazzling Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, that really steals the spotlight in the winter.
  • Rock of the Pulpit (Preikestolen) – A massive cliff best-known for providing great views and lifetime experiences.

And since we’ve already talked about the demographic and geographic factors, let’s consider the economic ones as well.  The country has a very high standard of living relative to other European nations and a highly developed healthcare system. The current development and welfare system of Norway depends on a financial surplus provided by the extraction of natural resources, in particular North Sea oil. According to United Nations statistics for 2016, Norway, along with Luxembourg (a small country) and Switzerland, are the only three countries in the world with GDP per capita of more than $70,000 that are neither island nations nor micro-states.

Norway is the 36th biggest export market in the world and, according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI), the 22nd most dynamic economy. In 2017, Norway exported $106B and imported $84.8B, which resulted in a healthy trade surplus of $21.2B. The top 3 exports are:

  • Crude petroleum ($28.1B)
  • Pretoleum gas ($27.7B)
  • Non-fillet fresh fish ($5.61B)

In terms of imports, the most recent are:

  • Cars (7.4%)
  • Iron structures (4.8%)
  • Refined petroleum (2.7%)

Now that we’ve talked about all the general issues, it’s time to move on to more pleasant things. Let’s talk about culture and entertainment. Have nothing to do? What about watching some of the best TV that Norway has to offer? Over the last few years, a lot of very good shows have made it to the international stage. Best of part? They’re all either shot, dubbed, or subtitled in English. Some of the most popular are:

  • Ragnarok (and it has nothing to do with the Marvel movie)
  • Norsemen, Vikingane (which the Guardian termed it as “Monty Python meets Game of Thrones”)
  • Skam (a high-school sensation that most teenagers have watched)

Last but not least, the culture is represented by the culinary preparations. The favorite part of all of us. If you want to plan your vacation, we help you get the full experience through the delicious recommendations we have ‘stolen’ from those able to recommend or judge. Someone said that you don’t truly know a country — or its people — until you know its cuisine, and authentic Norwegian fare certainly isn’t something you’re likely to find back home. With respect to that, here are the top 3 highlights of this country’s most famous recipes:

  • Brown cheese (an almost caramelized fudgy-salty cheese)
  • Pickled herring (a popular dish at Christmas)
  • Potato lefse (a type of pancake eaten for breakfast)

An as another fun fact, the cheese slicer was invented way back in 1925 by Thor Bjørklund and has become a staple of all Scandinavian kitchens, and many others around the world. Amazing, right?

So, to close, for now we feel that we have covered all the categories needed to make an attempt at what it wants to be an article on travelling about this amazing country. We hope you found this article interesting, and if you liked it, we expect you both in the comments and on our site to make your voices heard. Until next time, stay safe!

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