Norway is on a large peninsula shared with Sweden in the north of Europe. it also borders Finland and Russia.
Norway is well known for its amazing and varied scenery. The fjords in the west of the country are long narrow inlets, flanked on either side by tall mountains where the sea penetrates far inland. And inland the mountain areas have permanent glaciers and patches of snow can be found at higher elevations even in the summer.
By far the major part of the land is a rocky wilderness, and thus Norway has large, completely unpopulated areas, many of which have been converted into national parks. Outside the national parks, much of the land is unspoiled in nature.
National Geographic has listed the Norwegian fjords as the world’s top tourist attraction. The country is also home to the natural phenomena of the Midnight sun (during summer), as well as the Aurora borealis known also as the Northern lights.
Norway has vast areas of old-growth forests with 36 bird species and 16 species of mammals. The largest predator in Norwegian waters is the sperm whale, and the largest fish is the basking shark. The largest predator on land is the polar bear, while the brown bear is the largest predator on the Norwegian mainland. The largest land animal on the mainland is the elk aka the American moose. Other favorite animals include the grey wolf, arctic fox, European beaver, and pool frog.Although these animals are on the red list.
And with expansive forests, Norway has long had a tradition of building in wood. Many of today’s most interesting new buildings are made of wood, reflecting the strong appeal that this material continues to hold for Norwegian designers and builders.
Norway is one of Europe’s most sparsely populated countries. With a population of only 5 million people and a land area of 385,802 km2, the population density is only 16 inhabitants per km2. Most of the population are Norwegians. The indigenous Sami people traditionally inhabit the northern part of Norway, along with parts of Sweden, Finland, and Russia outlines an area known as Samland
The Viking kingdoms of Norway were unified in 872 AD by Harald Fairhair. In the following period, Norwegians Vikings settled in many places, such as Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and parts of Scotland and Ireland.
Norwegian cuisine in its traditional form is based largely on the raw materials readily available in Norway and its mountains, wilderness, and coast. It differs in many respects from continental cuisine through the stronger focus on game and fish. Much of Norwegian foods are cured because of long winters. Also bread, pastries coffee, and cheese are important staples of the Norwegian diet.
In the summer the strawberries, raspberries, and other berries are exceptionally tasty. This is due to the cool summers, together with the long daylight which allows the berries to grow slower, thus intensifying the concentration of aromatics in the berries. Let’s enjoy some fresh berries.