Outline of Norway

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The location of Norway
An enlargeable map of the Kingdom of Norway
An enlargeable map of continental Norway

The following outline provides an overview of, and topical guide to, the Kingdom of Norway.

Norway is a sovereign constitutional monarchy, located principally in the western part of Scandinavia in Northern Europe.[1] The country has land borders with Sweden, Finland, and Russia, while the United Kingdom and the Faroe Islands lie to its west across the North Sea and Denmark to its south across the Skagerrak strait. The country's long and glaciated Atlantic coastline is deeply indented by fjords, rising precipitously to high plateaux.

Norway also includes the Arctic island territories of Svalbard and Jan Mayen. Norwegian sovereignty over Svalbard is based upon the Spitsbergen Treaty, but that treaty does not apply to Jan Mayen. Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic Ocean and Peter I Island and Queen Maud Land in Antarctica are external dependencies, but those three entities do not form part of the kingdom.

Since World War II, Norway has experienced rapid economic growth, and is now amongst the wealthiest countries in the world.[2][3][4] Norway is the world's third largest oil exporter after Russia and Saudi Arabia and the petroleum industry accounts for around a quarter of GDP.[5] It has also rich resources of gas fields, hydropower, fish, forests, and minerals. Norway was the second largest exporter of seafood (in value, after China) in 2006.[6] Other main industries include food processing, shipbuilding, metals, chemicals, mining and pulp and paper products. Norway has a Scandinavian welfare system and the largest capital reserve per capita of any nation.

Norway was ranked highest of all countries in human development from 2001 to 2006, and came second in 2007 (to fellow Nordic country Iceland).[7] It also rated the most peaceful country in the world in a 2007 survey by Global Peace Index.[8] It is a founding member of NATO.

General reference[edit]

An enlargeable basic map of Norway

Geography of Norway[edit]

An enlargeable topographic map of Norway
Main article: Geography of Norway
 Sweden 1,619 km
 Finland 727 km
 Russia 196 km
  • Coastline: 83,281 km

Environment of Norway[edit]

An enlargeable satellite image of Norway

Natural geographic features of Norway[edit]

Regions of Norway[edit]

Main article: Regions of Norway

Ecoregions of Norway[edit]

Administrative divisions of Norway[edit]

Provinces of Norway[edit]
Main article: Provinces of Norway
Districts of Norway[edit]
Main article: Districts of Norway
Municipalities of Norway[edit]

Demography of Norway[edit]

Government and politics of Norway[edit]

Politics of Norway

Branches of the government of Norway[edit]

Main article: Government of Norway

Executive branch of the government of Norway[edit]

Legislative branch of the government of Norway[edit]

Judicial branch of the government of Norway[edit]

Foreign relations of Norway[edit]

International organization membership[edit]

The Kingdom of Norway is a member of:[1]

Law and order in Norway[edit]

Main article: Law of Norway

Military of Norway[edit]

Main article: Military of Norway

Local government in Norway[edit]

History of Norway[edit]

Main article: History of Norway

Culture of Norway[edit]

Main article: Culture of Norway

Art in Norway[edit]

Sports in Norway[edit]

Economy and infrastructure of Norway[edit]

Main article: Economy of Norway

Education in Norway[edit]

Main article: Education in Norway

See also[edit]

Main article: Norway


  1. ^ a b "Norway". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ List of countries by GDP (nominal) per capita
  3. ^ List of countries by GDP (PPP) per capita
  4. ^ List of countries by current account balance
  5. ^ UPDATE 1-Statistics Norway raises '07 GDP outlook, cuts '08
  6. ^ FAO Globefish global trends 2006
  7. ^ Human Development Index. Note that although Norway and Iceland's scores are the same to three decimal places, Iceland ranks higher when the decimal is expanded.
  8. ^ "Norway rated most peaceful nation". BBC News. May 30, 2007. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Atlas of Norway