Did You Know- 25 Fun & Interesting Facts about Oslo and Norway
- The Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony is held every year in Oslo City Hall, Norway Oslo City Hall
- 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
- The famous ‘Scream’ painting can be found at the Munch Museum in Oslo.
- There’s a Viking ship museum in Oslo displays 1000- year-old fully intact ships. Oslo Viking Ship Museum
- If Norway was flipped upside down on map of Europe, it would reach Rome, Italy.
- 1/3 of the country is in the Arctic Circle hence the nickname: “Land of the Midnight Sun“.
- Currently there are more Norwegian descendants living in the USA than there are Norwegians in Norway.
- 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.
- Women in Norway get 44 weeks of fully paid maternity leave and men get 6 weeks of full paid paternity leave
- 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.
- Norwegians love frozen pizza!!!
- Cross country skiing is so popular in the winter you see people all over town in their skis Ski Museum in Holmenkollen, Norway
- Income tax is around 25% and yet I’ve heard from many people: “we believe in paying taxes, so we don’t mind”
- Education is completely free including college.
- They are very proud of the pop band: A-ha is Norway’s only international music success.
- 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.
- 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.
- American movie Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back (episode V) was partly recorded at Finse, near the Oslo-Bergen railway, in March 1979.
- Norwegians eat brown cheese (brunost) a type of sweet cheese that is not really cheese.
- The paper clip made from a thin wire has long been assumed to be invented and patented by a Norwegian.
- The Lærdal road tunnel in Norway is the world’s longest road tunnel with total of 24.5 kilometers.
- Actor Renee Zellweger is of Norwegian descent.
- The name “Norway” means “path to the North”.
- Norway is the birthplace of modern skiing. The word “ski” is Norwegian for “piece of wood”.
- Norway is the world’s largest exporter of salmon.
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