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Introducing Norway

Norway is one of the five Nordic nations which lie within the northern stretches of Europe. It is bordered by Sweden, Finland, Russia, the Norwegian Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Barents Sea and the North Sea. The country is long and narrow, with more than 30% of the land covered by forests, many rivers and lakes. Nearly half of the country is given over to mountain ranges. Norway counts 5 million people, of which nearly 650 000 live in Oslo, the capital and the most populous city of the country.

There are so many popular attractions in Norway, but it is definitely best known for its incredible fjords: Western Norway is famous for easily accessible fjords and mountains. The area offers activities such as hiking, glacier walking, fishing and cycling.
Part of the spectacular Fjord Norway network (regularly topping the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list) – is the Geirangerfjord region north of Ålesund: it offers some of the finest scenery anywhere in Norway. The eastward continuation of the Sunnylvsfjord, the Geirangerfjord offers some of the country’s most spectacular views.

Norway is well known for culinary specialties from the sea: salmon, cod, herring, sardine and mackerel. Mackerel is available particularly in summer, especially along the Sørlandet coast. Seafood is used fresh, smoked, salted or pickled. Variations on creamed seafood soups are common along the coastline. The one traditional Norwegian dish with a claim to international popularity is smoked salmon. It is now a major export, and is considered the most important Norwegian contribution to modern international cuisine.

Reine Panorama Oslo smokedsalmon

 

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