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Country of Norway

In northern Europe is where the country of Norway is located. It has a population of 4,644,457. Norway has many geographical traits, cultural traditions, diverse wildlife population, sports activities, and economic contributions to the world. Norway also displays many different climates.

Norway is also known as the “Kingdom of Norway”. It is part of the Scandinavian Peninsula running mostly north and south. The northern half of the country is positioned inside the Arctic Circle. Don’t be mislead on how cold you might think it is across the country because of how far north it sits. This country boasts some diverse climate, which is both rugged and beautiful. The countries land area is 307,442 sq kilometers, which converts to 190,921 sq miles. A state comparable in size would be New Mexico. Sweden, Finland and Russia border Norway to the east, however the majority of Norway is surrounded by water. 13,276 miles of coastline make up the north, south and west parts of the Norway’s borders. If you were to add the coastlines of all the islands that are apart of Norway as well, there would be a total of 32,000 miles of coastline. To the west lies the North Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean lies to the north. There’s a body of water that lies between Denmark and Norway on the south which is called the strait of Skagerrak, this strait leads to the Baltic Sea.

Norway’s coastlines are made up of many deep inlets call fjords. Fjords were formed by glaciers from the ice age. These fjords are narrow, very deep inlets, which the sea penetrates the land between steep cliffs. Norway’s coastline is lined with fjords. Bergen is a city in Norway, which is known as the “fjord capital”.

Norway consists of thousands of islands (about 150,000) and lakes (about 160,000). Out of the 150,000 islands roughly 2,000 of the islands are inhabited. Many of the lakes are in low spots across the countryside where the glaciers have retreated and...