Here’s why Norway is simply outstanding and fun. Or: Why we chose Norway.
While selecting our first destination for Indigo XP, we had a unanimous vote for Norway! It is the surreal mix of nature’s bounty and sustainable living that makes this country so desirable on all fronts.
But while doing our research, we stumbled upon some real cool facts about Norway which we just had to share!
The sport of skiing is said to have originated from Norway. ‘Ski’ is a word in Old Norse, which translates to ‘piece of wood’.
In 2008, they donated USD 1Bil to help save the Amazon Rainforest
Norway stopped investing money into Walmart after determining that the company is guilty of “serious violations of fundamental ethical norms.”
It has won more medals in the Winter Olympics than any other country, with 332 to date since the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924.
It was one of the founding nations of the United Nations in 1945, and the first U.N. Secretary-General was Norwegian Foreign Minister, Trygve Lie.
The Lærdal Tunnel is the world’s longest road tunnel at 15 miles (24.5 km) and it takes 20 minutes of drive time to get across. Norway is also home to the deepest underwater tunnel in the world, which is 287 meters deep.
It boasts of a very famous hot chocolate factory, Freia, immortalized in Norwegian-American author Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The official Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square in London has come from Norway every year since 1946 – in gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during WWII.
It is the largest exporter of Salmon in the world!
In 2008, Norway knighted a penguin. (LOOK at that Penguin)
It gives 14 weeks of compulsory parental leave for fathers to be able to share responsibilities.
Norwegians are among the world’s biggest consumers of coffee per inhabitant.
Norwegians read more than any other population in the world, spending an average of 500 kroner (~ US$76) a year per capita on books.
There’s a town in Norway called Hell. (& it froze over for Norway 🙂 )
Only 10 police officers have been killed in Norway since WWII.
If you own a TV in Norway, you have to pay an annual fee of $300 USD.
Advertising to children under the age of 12 is illegal!
Ikea names beds, wardrobes and hall furniture after places in Norway
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