LIVING IN NORWAY
I have done some research about Norway and that includes reading a lot of articles on the internet and even in some books. All the articles start in the same way. „Norway is a country in Scandinavia, bla bla bla etc etc etc” I think we have passed that level when we didn’t know where a country is and if there is a country where we don’t know where it is, we can easily find it with google maps or find these geographic information on Wikipedia.
I am more of a creative and visionary person who likes to go straight to the point and I would love if I would find articles which throw me straight in the beauty of that specific thing, area, product etc.
Let’s take this, for example, my goal in this article is to present the life in Norway. Leaving aside the introduction which I had to write because I wanted to make a point, I would start like this, and I will;
Norway is a beautiful and highly educated country where everybody minds their own business and for them, success is a way of living. It all started 11.000 years ago when the first movement on this soil was registered. Norway is most known about its Viking Era and the stories about these heroes are something that will live forever and ever because real heroes never die.
Let’s take a brief but very informative tour through this beautiful country history:
1349: The Black Plague kills half of Norway’s population
1450: Norway becomes a subject of the Danish Crown. It will remain under its authority
for almost 400 years
1814: Secession from Denmark. The peace treaty of Kiel gives Norway to Sweden. The
Norwegian constitution is written
1825: First wave of Norwegian immigrations to the USA. The big exodus starts
1905: The union with Sweden is dissolved and Norway becomes independent
1960s: Oil is found in the North Sea, a discovery that will change the fortunes of the
1972: Norway votes against EU membership (it will do so again in 1994)
1994: The winter Olympics are held in Lillehammer
Since the Lillehammer Olympics has been 22 years and in all this period of time Norway did one thing and it did it great. Norway has developed itself in all ways possible. Norway it’s a country where tourists come and visit every year. The most attractive point besides the culture and beautiful views around all the country is the Aurora Borealis. These Northern lights are something special, there is the nature’s way to spoil this beautiful and one of a kind country.
Norway is full of tourist between the late autumn and early spring because this is the period when the Aurora Borealis can be clearly observed. So here’s a great and useful information for everyone who is reading this article.
Going further we have also to talk about the Fjords, another attractive point in Norway.
The Fjords are the “best-unspoiled travel destinations in the world”. This is the best way to describe these jewels of nature. The description is from National Geographic and we all know how many professionals work there. So if you didn’t visit the fjords yet, you can take the National Geographic writers for granted. And you have no reason not to that because here in Norway is the highest concentration of fjords in the world.
Formed when the glaciers retreated, and seawater flooded the U-shaped valleys, the fjords have made Norway famous. Two of these, the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord, feature on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Sognefjord, the longest, and the Hardangerfjord, famed for its cherry and apple trees, are among the most visited.
The VIKINGS and the SAMI PEOPLE.
There is no need to write a big introduction about the Viking because these heroes are well known by people all over the world. As a matter fact when you think or talk about Norway, the Vikings are in first three things that come up to your mind.
The Vikings has put the base of this country, they had various skills and different occupations like traders, explorers, and settlers, and the legacy from the Viking Age (AD 800-1050) lives on in Norway.
If you want to know more about the Vikings, Norway will offer you the chance to get inside their history just by visiting the Viking Ships Museum based in Oslo. Here you will also have the chance to see the world’s two best-preserved wooden Viking longships, both dating from the ninth century.
But if you really want to know the entire Viking history, Norway will be at your disposal and all you have to do is to visit the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg, the Lofoten Islands; Karmøynn Kulturopplevelser in Rogaland; and Stiklestad National Culture Centre in Nord-Trøndelag
Let’s talk a little bit about the SAMI PEOPLE. Not a lot of people heard about them, but when I am going to describe them you will understand immediately who they are.
The Sami are the indigenous people of Norway. Known for their colourful clothes and their huge herds of reindeer, the Sami have been living in northern Scandinavia for over 10,000 years.
What’s very interesting now about these Sami people is that they have their own Parliament.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IN NORWAY.
As a tourist, you can choose the domestic way or the wild way. The domestic way is the one you know for all your life, where you can go skying or doing other winter sports, but you can switch things around and do something out of ordinary by exploring the wild life that Norway has to offer.
If you love the wildlife, here is the place to be because you will enjoy the real wild life which will develop in front of your eyes. Moose, reindeer, deer, lynx and foxes all roam freely in the wild part of Norway. So as you can see here you have the chance to have a special vacation, different from the ones in all the common places in Europe.
Norway is certainly a country to see and to spend a few weeks here. Also if you like living a great and special life you can move here because a study showed that Norway is one of the happiest countries in Europe. As I said before, everyone is serious and it’s minding their own business, people have respect one for another and if you have skills and you are a hard worker you can earn the money you need to have a beautiful and worry free life.
Come and visit Norway and why not move here; you will have no regret.