7 Amazing Things About Norway That Will Blow Your Mind

The northernmost country of Europe- Norway is full of surprises. Read on to find out more.

A Scandinavian country known for fishing, hiking, and skiing, Norway offers a range of natural and historical tourist attractions. While the spectacular scenery will keep you fixated, here are 7 things about Norway that will compel you to extend your stay in the land of Vikings.

Indiscriminately, the first picture that we build with the mention of Norway is that of northern lights. However, here are are some facts that will certainly come as a surprise to you!

Has the world’s longest road tunnel 

world's longest tunnel
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Norway is home to the world’s longest road tunnel named the Lærdal Tunnel. The 15-mile long tunnel cost about USD $113 million to build and connects the small communities of Lærdal and Aurland. 

Home to the world’s most remote island

world's most remote island
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Earth’s most remote island, Bouvet Island has been administered by Norway since 1929. Located in the South Atlantic Ocean, the island is situated approximately 1,700km north of the coastline of Antarctica and 2,600km away from the South African coast. 

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Skiing was invented here

Cross-Country Skiing Sprint

One of the best things to do in Noway is to Ski as it is believed that the sport was invented by Norwegians. To illustrate the fact, the island of Rodoy located in northern Norway houses rock carvings of a skier which date back to 4000 years.

Norwegians read the most

Among Books
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Believe it or not, Norwegians read more than people of any other country in the world. They spend an average of US $76 a year per capita on books. Norwegians are also among the most prolific writers as they publish more than 2,000 book titles annually. 

The Scream came from Norway


One of the most famous artworks of the world, The Scream painting came from Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Most importantly, the painting had also held the record for being the world’s most expensive painting A recreated version of it was sold for almost $120 mill at Sotheby’s in 2012.

You can visit Hell

Norway's hell village
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One of the things to do in Norway for Tourists opens doors to Hell as the country has a village by that name with just 1524 inhabitants. So, if you hear something like “I’m born and raised in Hell” or “I’m going to Hell” or “welcome to Hell”, don’t be offended.

A happy country

Norway: third happiest country
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Norway has often been ranked among the happiest countries in the world. Norway is the third happiest country on earth, according to The Happiness Research Institute.

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(Curated by Priya Pareek)