Norway is a country in Scandinavia that is full of mountains, deep coast fjords and glaciers. The capital of Norway is Oslo, which is a city with many green spaces and museums. Norway itself is very popular with people who like fishing, skiing and hiking. However, you may not know these interesting facts about the country.
10. Norway brought salmon to the Japanese.
Norway was actually the country that introduced salmon sushi to the Japanese, that may sound ridiculous and impossible to believe but it’s actually true. Before the nineteen seventies the Japanese rarely made sushi with salmon. It’s because it’s a fish that is not regularly fished in their water and so they don’t have regular access to it. In the mid 1990’s the fishing industry in Japan was only fifty percent self-sufficient due to over fishing. That’s why they started importing Norwegian salmon and started making sushi that way instead.
9. You can study in Norway for free.
This amazing country will allow any student from any country to come and attend a public university or college for free. You have to qualify for acceptance with grades and courses. But as long as you hit the mark you can come to Norway and study.
8. Norway once knighted a penguin.
That is correct, Norway once knighted a penguin. It was an emperor penguin and they named him Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian King’s Guard.
7. Norway really has a place called Hell.
There’s a place in Norway called hell, popularly frequented by many tourists. During winter time the temperatures there can go all the way down to 25 degrees negatives Celsius. Which means the Hell frequently freezes over.
6. Norway has a minimum security island prison.
Norway has a minimum security I am prison where the inmates are pretty much free to do whatever they want, they usually have to work for the money and they have to do their chores but nearly everything else is up to them. The criminals in prison there are amongst Norway’s worst, however they are at the end up their sentence and they are serving out their final days, week, or year. Their crimes range from fraud to murder, as well as other things.
5. The place where dying is illegal.
In Longyearbyen in the Svalbard Islands of Norway, dying and actually illegal this is because the town small graveyard stopped accepting bodies, this was after they found out the permafrost in the crowd actually stopped the bodies from decomposing. If you didn’t already know Longyearbyen is the biggest city on the island Svalbard which is approximately 950 kilometres away from the northern most point of the country.
4. Norway donates a Christmas tree to London.
At Christmas time the people of Oslo, Norway every year donate a Christmas tree that is so proudly stood in Trafalgar Square, London. This is a thank you from Norway to England for helping them during the Second World War.
3. Extradition refused
In 1999 Norway refused the extradition other a US drug smuggler, that’s because Norway decided the prisons in the US didn’t meet the minimum humanitarian standards.
2. The water is not special.
The fancy glass bottle Voss water that many people drink, is just regular drinking water from the municipal County of Iveland in Norway.
1. Norway are medal winners.
Finally this active country has the biggest collection of gold silver and bronze medals of any country from all at the Winter Olympics.