Land of Midnight Sun: Norway in North-West Europe occupies the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. It is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun, because in North Cape area, the sun does not set from middle May until the end of July, nor does it rise above the horizon from the end of November to the end of January. Nearly 70% of Norway is uninhabitable and covered by mountains, moors, glaciers and rivers. The largest lake is Mjosa; longest river Glomma; highest mountain Galdhopiggen.
People: Norway is a constitutional and hereditary monarchy. Almost three-quarters of the population live in the major towns and cities. Life expectancy: Men-75 years, women-81 years. The Sami, the indigenous people of the far north, number some 30,000 and form a distinct ethnic minority.
Agriculture: The important agricultural products are barley, oats, rye, potatoes, fruits and dairy products. Fishing is a major occupation with immense quantities of cog, herring, whale, tuna, seal, mackerel and salmon. Forests provide raw material for many industries. mining is an important industry. Thee is very little coal but plenty of hydro-electric power to run big factories. High degree of industrialization, the base for which was provided by abundant hydro electric resources, has given Norwegians one of the highest living standards in the world. The principal manufactures are food products, machinery and metal work, wood, paper and pulp, aluminium, electro-chemical products, ships and transportation equipment. Norway is one of world's largest producer of chemical fertilizer. It possesses a large merchant marine. Norway is the world's third-largest exporter of oil, and relies on the black stuff for 200,000 jobs.
The Nobel Prize is awarded every year in Oslo on December 10. Since the mid-1980s, more than 40% of the members of the Government have been women. In 1993, the first women bishop was appointed in Norway. Norway has led the way in building a modern welfare state. Dependencies of Norway: Svalbard (62,700 sq.km), Jan Mayen (380 sq. km), Bouvet Island (60 sq. km), Peter I Island (249 sq. km) and Queen Maud Land.
Mission in India:
Royal Norwegian Embassy
New Delhi - 110 021, India
Tel: 91 - 11 - 2687 3532, 2687 3142
Fax: 91 - 11 - 2687 3814
Indian Mission in Norway:
Embassy of India
Niels Juels Gate 30
0244 Oslo 2, Norway
Tel: 00 - 47 - 2244 3194, 2255 2229
Fax: 00 - 47 - 2244 0720
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