Tourist travel information about Norway
Norway (Norge), which means “path to the North,” is the westernmost, northernmost, and the easternmost of the three Scandinavian countries. It borders with Finland, Sweden and the northwestern tip of Russia. Norway along with Sweden and Denmark make up Scandinavia. Norway has about 450,000 lakes, and over 20,000 km of coastline and is best known for its fjords along its west coast. Sognefjorden is the largest fjord in Norway and the third largest in the world and stretches 127 miles (205 km) inland from the ocean. The Jostedalsbreen is the largest glacier in mainland Europe, it covers an area of 487 km² and is 80 km long.
Norway is the birthplace of skiing, and the Holmenkollen Ski Festival is the world’s oldest, established in 1872. It is one of Norway’s most visited tourist sites, attracting nearly 1 million people each year.
Norway’s primary source of income comes from the oil and gas industry. It also has several other natural resources such as fish and minerals, some industry, and a developed technology sector. Norway is the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas outside the Middle East. Norway is also the biggest salmon exporter in the world.
Norway is considered one of the happiest countries in the world. It follows the Scandinavian model, which means Norwegians pay high taxes towards free schools and education, free healthcare, an efficient welfare system and many other benefits.