25 Interesting Facts About Norway You Can’t Afford To Miss

Although you probably already know about the northern lights and the midnight sun, did you know that Norway is planning to completely get rid of FM radio? Or that Norway knighted a penguin in 2008? And this is only the tip of the iceberg, here are 25 interesting facts about Norway you can’t afford to miss.

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25

Except for certain circumstances it is illegal to spay or neuter your dog in Norway

dogSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
24

While IKEA names sofas and bookshelves after places in Sweden and carpets after places in Denmark, it names beds and wardrobes after places in Norway

IkeaSource: theguardian.com, Image: wikipedia
23

Since the end of WWII only 10 police officers have been killed in Norway

Police in NorwaySource: dagbladet.no, Image: wikipedia
22

Norway's monarch is titled "Norway's King" rather than "King of Norway" to show that he belongs to the country instead of the country belonging to him

Norway's KingSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
21

Norway actually introduced Japan to salmon sushi in the 80s

sushiSource: nortrade.com, Image: wikipedia
20

Norway donated one billion dollars to help save the Amazon in 2008

AmazonSource: cgdev.org, Image: wikipedia
19

Norway was ranked #1 in the 2014 Prosperity Index for the wealth and well being of its people

wealthSource: prosperity.com, Image: wikipedia
18

Norway is the birthplace of skiing. In fact, the word "ski" is Norwegian for "piece of wood"

skiingSource: truenomads.com, Image: wikipedia
17

Odd and Even are actually popular names for men

numbersSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
16

Norway has the highest gas prices in the world at over $10 per gallon

gas stoveSource: aaretz.com, Image: wikipedia
15

Known as the "loneliest place on Earth", Bouvet Island is an uninhabited and frozen piece of land half way between Africa and Antarctica. Although many have tried to claim it, today it belongs to Norway.

Bouvet IslandSource: atlasobscura.com, Image: wikipedia
14

Norway knighted a penguin in 2008

penguinSource: nbcnews.com, Image: wikipedia
13

Since Sweden ran out of trash it imports trash from Norway and burns it for fuel

trashSource: nydailynews.com, Image: wikipedia
12

Norwegian prisoners all have internet in their cells

internetSource: theguardian.com, Image: wikipedia
11

A large percentage of people (over 8%) eat tacos every single Friday. They call them "fredagstacos"

tacoSource: theforeigner.no, Image: wikipedia
10

The NRK TV channel in Norway features 18 hours of salmon spawning

salmonSource: theguardian.com, Image: wikipedia
9

If you publish a book in Norway, the government will buy 1000 copies of it and distribute them to libraries around the country

bookSource: newrepublic.com, Image: wikipedia
8

King Olav V of Norway used public transport and paid for his own tickets

King Olav VSource: marilynsroyalblog.blogspot.co.il, Image: wikipedia
7

King Herald of Norway vowed celibacy for his entire life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. She eventually became queen.

King HeraldSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
6

It is illegal to advertise to children younger than 12

Special OfferSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
5

Between 1814 and 1905 Sweden and Norway were actually one kingdom

Norway and SwedenSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
4

In 2000 Norway built the longest tunnel in the world. It is 24.5 km (15.3 miles)

Norway tunnelSource: nationalgeographic.com, Image: wikipedia
3

Norway's universities are free for everybody, even foreigners

it's freeSource: studyinnorway.no, Image: wikipedia
2

Norway plans to become the first country to completely abandon FM radio in 2017 when it completely changes over to digital

digitalSource: gizmodo.com, Image: wikipedia
1

Norway's original name was "Nordweg" meaning "Northern Way"

NordwegSource: etymonline.com, Image: wikipedia


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