Did You Know- 25 Fun & Interesting Facts about Oslo and Norway

  1. The Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony is held every year in Oslo City Hall, Norway Oslo City Hall
  2. The Frogner Park is the world’s largest sculpture park located in Oslo. There are over 212 sculptures made by only a single artist. Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo
  3. The famous ‘Scream’ painting can be found at the Munch Museum in Oslo.
  4. There’s a Viking ship museum in Oslo displays 1000- year-old fully intact ships. Oslo Viking Ship Museum
  5. If Norway was flipped upside down on map of Europe, it would reach Rome, Italy.
  6. 1/3 of the country is in the Arctic Circle hence the nickname: “Land of the Midnight Sun“.
  7. Currently there are more Norwegian descendants living in the USA than there are Norwegians in Norway.
  8. A saying in Norway: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”. Most Scandinavian and Baltic countries have adopted that rule as well.
  9. Women in Norway get 44 weeks of fully paid maternity leave and men get 6 weeks of full paid paternity leave
  10. Norway invented the cheese slicer which they are very proud of. And since it’s nearly impossible to buy pre-sliced cheese in Norway it’s pretty necessary too.
  11. Norwegians love frozen pizza!!!
  12. Cross country skiing is so popular in the winter you see people all over town in their skis Ski Museum in Holmenkollen, Norway
  13. Income tax is around 25% and yet I’ve heard from many people: “we believe in paying taxes, so we don’t mind”
  14. Education is completely free including college.
  15. They are very proud of the pop band: A-ha is Norway’s only international music success.
  16. It’s actually very likely that Vikings did not use helmet at all. Only 1 helmet has ever been uncovered, the Viking helmet is sadly just a legend.
  17. The people of Oslo donate the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree in London every year in gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during WWII.
  18. American movie Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back (episode V) was partly recorded at Finse, near the Oslo-Bergen railway, in March 1979.
  19. Norwegians eat brown cheese (brunost) a type of sweet cheese that is not really cheese.
  20. The paper clip made from a thin wire has long been assumed to be invented and patented by a Norwegian.
  21. The Lærdal road tunnel in Norway is the world’s longest road tunnel with total of 24.5 kilometers.
  22. Actor Renee Zellweger is of Norwegian descent.
  23. The name “Norway” means “path to the North”.
  24. Norway is the birthplace of modern skiing. The word “ski” is Norwegian for “piece of wood”.
  25. Norway is the world’s largest exporter of salmon.

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The opera house in Oslo.

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