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Norway

Prior to the Sixteenth Century and after the Nordic people inhabited the area known as Norway, there was a union formed between Denmark, Sweden and Norway. However, after the Sixteenth Century the union of these countries began to dissolve and result in the emergence of separate identities. Nonetheless, Sweden regained a union with Norway that lasted until Nazi occupation brought this to an end during Hitler’s time in control of Germany until 1945.

In contemporary time, Norway is one of the least-densely populated countries in all of Europe. Norway is a religious country with up to ninety per cent of the population identifying as Christians of the Lutheran denomination. Norway is also a very progressive country that has become increasingly tolerant of same-sex marriage outside of rural areas where politics still tend to be much more conservative.

de_0030_norway - Fjord and mountains of Norway

Attractions

Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of travelling to Norway is the ability to enjoy mountains, water and everything in between. Hiking through the different terrains and mountain regions is immensely popular in Norway. Subsequently, you can almost camp or rest for a few days or nights at a time almost anywhere in the country, which makes travelling by foot attractive. Cycling is also incredibly popular in Norway for tourists and for locals to commute to different places around the country and within the many different cities.

Lastly, you will not want to miss out on the opportunity to ski some of the finest mountains in the world in Norway. There are great opportunities for avid skiers and beginners. One place that is very popular for this type of trip is Trysil where there are a variety of different slopes to attempt. If Trysil does not seem like it will fit your ambitions for this trip then you can also try Hemsedal, which offers equally amazing slopes.

de_0031_norway - Bergen city in Norway

Local Food & Drink

Norwegians love to incorporate whole-food that is grown on farms throughout Norway and when seasonal conditions allow. However, it is very difficult to state that there is a particular dish that is considered to be native to all parts of Norway as food preference change by the areas of the country you are in for most cases. Nonetheless, lamb and fish in a casserole dish are very common with different permutations depending on the area.

Bread is also a very common accompaniment to meals in Norway with the exception of dinner. Dinner is typically a meal that is heated or to be served warm and usually in the absence of bread on the side. Additionally, pizza is a very common fast food product in Norway, but most people consume the pre-packaged and processed version.

Water, juice, coffee and a variety of soft drinks are available almost everywhere in Norway. However, alcohol is very difficult to come by and it has given Norway a reputation as a country that does not perpetuate or support a consumer culture of alcohol products. The largest reason why it is difficult to come by is the extraordinary price to purchase even a glass of alcohol at a restaurant or night club.

de_0029_norway - High speed train passing by the mountains and flords

Safety

Norway is an incredibly safe country and one that you do not need to be constantly concerned for your safety. The largest incidents of reported crime in Norway are bike-theft related and small crimes of different volitions.

Driving is a relatively safe exercise in Norway (most people choose bicycle transportation in contemporary time) and the police are omnipresent. Nonetheless, if you are enjoying the skiing in the mountains you should be cautious to adhere to weather conditions and areas that are particularly likely to be associated with avalanche activity.