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Norway General Info
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Capital : Oslo.

Area : 323,759 sq km (125,004 sq miles).

Population of Norway : 4,552,252 (official estimate 2003).

Population of Oslo : 517,401 (2003).

Population Density : 14.9 per sq km.

Geography : Norway is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by Finland, the Russian Federation and Sweden, to the south by the Skagerrak and to the west by the North Sea.

The coastline is 2735km (1700 miles) long, its most outstanding feature being the fjords. Most of them are between 80 to 160km long, and are often very deep and surrounded by high mountains. Much of northern Norway lies beyond the Arctic Circle and the landscape is quite stark. In the south, the landscape consists of forests with lakes and rivers.

Government : Constitutional monarchy. Declared independence from Sweden during 1905.

Head of State: King Harald V since 1991.

Head of Government: Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik since 2001. 

Language : Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk). Sami is spoken by the Sami population in the north of the country and English is widely spoken.

Religion : Approximately 86 per cent Evangelical Lutherans, plus other Christian denominations.

Time : Norway Mainland: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Jan Mayen Islands, Svalbard: GMT + 1.

Electricity : 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the European round two-pin type  
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