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Norway i/ˈnɔrweɪ/ (Norwegian: Norge (Bokmål) or Noreg (Nynorsk)), officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Scandinavian unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and the subantarctic Bouvet Island.[note 1] Norway has a total area of 385,252 square kilometres (148,747 sq mi) and a population of about 5 million. It is the second least densely populated country in Europe. The majority of the country shares a border to the east with Sweden; its northernmost region is bordered by Finland to the south and Russia to the east; in its south Norway borders the Skagerrak Strait across from Denmark. The capital city of Norway is Oslo. Norway's extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea, is home to its famous fjords.
Two centuries of Viking raids tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav Tryggvason in 994. A period of civil war ended in the 13th century when Norway expanded its control overseas to parts of Britain, Ireland, Iceland, and Greenland. Norwegian territorial power peaked in 1265, but competition from the Hanseatic League and the spread of the Black Death weakened the country. In 1380, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by the Third Reich. In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a founding member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country's extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.
Norway is a unitary parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy, with King Harald V as its head of state and Jens Stoltenberg as its prime minister. It is a unitary state with administrative subdivisions on two levels known as counties (fylke) and municipalities (kommuner). The Sámi people have a certain amount of self-determination and influence over traditional territories through the Sámi Parliament and the Finnmark Act. Although having rejected European Union membership in two referenda, Norway maintains close ties with the union and its member countries, as well as with the United States. Norway remains one of the biggest financial contributors to the United Nations, and participates with UN forces in international missions, notably in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sudan and Libya. Norway is a founding member of the United Nations, NATO, the Council of Europe, and the Nordic Council; a member of the European Economic Area, the WTO, and the OECD; and is also a part of Schengen Area.
Norway has extensive reserves of petroleum, natural gas, minerals, lumber, seafood, fresh water, and hydropower. The country has the fourth-highest per capita income in the world. On a per-capita basis, it is the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas outside the Middle East, and the petroleum industry accounts for around a quarter of the country's gross domestic product. The country maintains a Nordic welfare model with universal health care, subsidized higher education, and a comprehensive social security system. From 2001 to 2006, and then again from 2009 through 2011, Norway has had the highest human development index ranking in the world. In 2011, Norway also ranked the highest on the Democracy Index.
Union with Sweden (19th century)
After Denmark–Norway was attacked by the United Kingdom at the Battle of Copenhagen, it entered into an alliance with Napoleon, with the war leading to dire conditions and mass starvation in 1812. As the Danish kingdom found itself on the losing side in 1814, it was forced, under terms of the Treaty of Kiel,
to cede Norway to the king of Sweden, while the old Norwegian provinces
of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands remained with the Danish
Norway took this opportunity to declare independence, adopted a constitution based on American and French models, and elected the Crown prince of Denmark and Norway, Christian Frederick, as king on 17 May 1814. This is the famous Syttende Mai (Seventeenth of May) holiday celebrated by Norwegians and Norwegian-Americans alike. Syttende Mai is also called Norwegian Constitution Day.
Norwegian opposition to the great powers' decision to link Norway with Sweden caused the Norwegian-Swedish War
to break out as Sweden tried to subdue Norway by military means. As
Sweden's military was not strong enough to defeat the Norwegian forces
outright and Norway's treasury was not large enough to support a
protracted war, and as British and Russian navies blockaded the
Norwegian coast, the belligerents were forced to negotiate the Convention of Moss. According to the terms of the convention, Christian Frederik abdicated the Norwegian throne and authorized the Parliament of Norway to make the necessary constitutional amendments to allow for the personal union that Norway was forced to accept. On November 4, 1814, the Parliament (Storting) elected Charles XIII of Sweden as king of Norway, thereby establishing the union with Sweden.
Under this arrangement, Norway kept its liberal constitution and its
own independent institutions, except for the foreign service. Following
the recession caused by the Napoleonic Wars, economic development of Norway remained slow until economic growth began around 1830.
This period also saw the rise of the Norwegian romantic nationalism,
as Norwegians sought to define and express a distinct national
character. The movement covered all branches of culture, including
literature (Henrik Wergeland [1808–1845], Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson [1832–1910], Peter Christen Asbjørnsen [1812–1845], Jørgen Moe [1813–1882]), painting (Hans Gude [1825–1903], Adolph Tidemand [1814–1876]), music (Edvard Grieg
[1843–1907]), and even language policy, where attempts to define a
native written language for Norway led to today's two official written
forms for Norwegian: Bokmål and Nynorsk.
Harvesting of oats in Jølster
, c. 1890.
(Photo: Axel Lindahl/Norwegian Museum of Cultural History)
King Charles III John,
who came to the throne of Norway and Sweden in 1818, was the second
king following Norway's break from Denmark and the union with Sweden.
Charles John was a complex man whose long reign extended to 1844. He
protected the constitution and liberties of Norway and Sweden during the
age of Metternich.
As such, he was regarded as a liberal monarch for that age. However, he
was ruthless in his use of paid informers, the secret police and
restrictions on the freedom of the press to put down public movements for reform—especially the Norwegian national independence movement.
(Lapp) family in Norway around 1900.
The Romantic Era
that followed the reign of King Charles III John brought some
significant social and political reforms. In 1854, women were given the
right to inherit property in their own right just like men. In 1863, the last trace of keeping unmarried women in the status of minors was removed. Furthermore, women were then eligible for different occupations, particularly the common school teacher.
However, by mid-century, Norway was still far from a "democracy".
Voting was limited to officials, property owners, leaseholders, and
burghers of incorporated towns. There was some dissatisfaction with this backwardness.
Still Norway remained a conservative society. Life in Norway
(especially economic life) was "dominated by the aristocracy of
professional men who filled most of the important posts in the central
government." There was no strong bourgeosie class in Norway to demand a breakdown of this aristocratic control of the economy.
Thus, even while revolution swept over most of the countries of Europe
in 1848, Norway was largely unaffected by revolts that year. Most
revolts broke themselves on the granite conservativism of the Norwegian
society. Indeed, the Thrane movement was the only "revolt" that broke out in Norway in 1848.
Marcus Thrane was a Utopian socialist. He made his appeal to the labouring classes urging a change of social structure "from below upwards." In 1848, he organized a labour society in Drammen. In just a few months this society had a membership of 500 and the society was publishing its own newspaper. Within two years 300 societies had been organized all over Norway with a total membership of 20,000 persons. The membership was drawn from the lower classes of both the town and country. For the first time these two groups felt they had common cause with each other.
In the end, the revolt was easily crushed, Thrane was captured and
sentenced to three years in jail for crimes against the safety of the
state. Upon his release from jail, after serving his sentence, Marcus
Thrane migrated to the United States of America.
In 1898, all men were granted universal suffrage, followed by all women in 1913.
a shipping magnate and statesman, Prime Minister of Norway from 1905 to
1907, played a central role in the peaceful separation of Norway from
Sweden on 7 June 1905. After a national referendum confirmed the
people's preference for a monarchy over a republic, the Norwegian
government offered the throne of Norway to Prince Carl of Denmark, and Parliament unanimously elected him king, the first king of a fully independent Norway in 586 years. He took the name of Haakon VII, after the mediæval kings of independent Norway.
World War I and II
During World War I,
Norway was a neutral country. In reality, however, Norway had been
pressured by the United Kingdom to hand over increasingly large parts of
its massive merchant fleet to the UK at low rates, as well as to join
the trade blockade against Germany.
Norwegian merchant marine ships with Norwegian sailors were then
required to sail under the British flag and risk being sunk by German
submarines. Thus, many Norwegian sailors and ships were lost. Thereafter, the world ranking of the Norwegian merchant marine fell from fourth place in the world to sixth place in the world.
Norway also proclaimed its neutrality during World War II, but Norway was invaded by German forces on 9 April 1940. Norway was unprepared for the German surprise attack (see: Battle of Drøbak Sound, Norwegian Campaign, and Invasion of Norway),
but military and naval resistance lasted for two months. The armed
forces in the north launched an offensive against the German forces in
the Battles of Narvik, until they were forced to surrender on June 10 after losing British help diverted to France during the German Invasion of France.
Norwegian air force men in the United Kingdom during World War II.
King Haakon and the Norwegian government escaped to Rotherhithe, London, England,
and they supported the fight through inspirational radio speeches from
London and by supporting clandestine military actions in Norway against
the Nazis. On the day of the invasion, the collaborative leader of the
small National-Socialist party Nasjonal Samling, Vidkun Quisling,
tried to seize power but was forced by the German occupiers to step
aside. Real power was wielded by the leader of the German occupation
authority, Reichskommissar Josef Terboven. Quisling, as minister president, later formed a collaborationist government under German control. Up to 15,000 Norwegians volunteered to fight in German units, including the Waffen-SS.
There were also many Norwegians, and those of Norwegian descent, who joined the Allied forces as well as the Free Norwegian Forces.
From the small group that had left Norway in June 1940 consisting of 13
ships, five aircraft and 500 men from the Royal Norwegian Navy who
followed the King to the United Kingdom the force had grown by the end
of the war to 58 ships and 7,500 men in service in the Norwegian Navy; 5
squadrons of aircraft (including Spitfires, Sunderland flying boats and
Mosquitos) in the newly formed Norwegian Air Force; and land forces
including the Norwegian Independent Company 1 and 5 Troop as well as No. 10 Commandos.
During the five years of Nazi occupation, Norwegians built a resistance movement which fought the German occupation forces with both civil disobedience and armed resistance including the destruction of Norsk Hydro's heavy water plant and stockpile of heavy water at Vemork, which crippled the German nuclear program (see: Norwegian heavy water sabotage). More important to the Allied war effort, however, was the role of the Norwegian Merchant Marine. At the time of the invasion, Norway had the fourth largest merchant marine fleet in the world. It was led by the Norwegian shipping company Nortraship under the Allies throughout the war and took part in every war operation from the evacuation of Dunkirk to the Normandy landings. Each December Norway gives a Christmas tree to the United Kingdom as thanks for the British assistance during World War II. A ceremony takes place to erect the tree in London's famous Trafalgar Square.
From 1945 to 1962, the Labour Party held an absolute majority in the parliament. The government, led by prime minister Einar Gerhardsen, embarked on a program inspired by Keynesian economics, emphasizing state financed industrialization, cooperation between trade unions and employers' organizations. Many measures of state control of the economy imposed during the war were continued, although the rationing of dairy products was lifted in 1949, while price control and rationing of housing and cars continued as long as until 1960.
The wartime alliance with the United Kingdom and the United States
was continued in the post-war years. Although pursuing the goal of a
socialist economy, the Labour Party distanced itself from the communists
(especially after the communists' seizure of power in Czechoslovakia in 1948), and strengthened its foreign policy and defence policy ties with the U.S. Norway received Marshall Plan aid from the United States starting in 1947, joined the OEEC one year later and became a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1949.
Town Hall Square in Oslo filled with people with roses mourning the victims of Utøya massacre
, 25 July 2011
Around 1975, both the proportion and absolute number of workers in
industry peaked. Since then labour intensive industries and services
like factory mass production and shipping have largely been outsourced.
In 1969, the Phillips Petroleum Company discovered petroleum resources at the Ekofisk field west of Norway. In 1973, the Norwegian government founded the State oil company, Statoil.
Oil production did not provide net income until the early 1980s because
of the large capital investment that was required to establish the
country's petroleum industry.
Norway was a founding member of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA). Two referendums on joining the European Union failed by narrow margins in 1972 and 1994. In 1981, a Conservative government led by Kåre Willoch replaced the Labour Party with a policy of stimulating the stagflated economy
with tax cuts, economic liberalization, deregulation of markets, and
measures to curb the record-high inflation (13.6% in 1981).
Norway's first female prime minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland
of the Labour party, continued many of the reforms of her right-wing
predecessor, while backing traditional Labour concerns such as social security,
high taxes, the industrialization of nature, and feminism. By the late
1990s, Norway had paid off its foreign debt and had started accumulating
a sovereign wealth fund.
Since the 1990s, a divisive question in politics has been how much of
the income from petroleum production the government should spend, and
how much it should save.
In 2011 Norway suffered a pair of devastating attacks conducted by Anders Behring Breivik which struck the government quarter in Oslo and a summer camp of the Labour party's youth movement at Utøya island, resulting in 77 deaths and 96 wounded.
A satellite image of continental Norway in winter
Norway comprises the western part of Scandinavia in Northern Europe. The rugged coastline, broken by huge fjords and thousands of islands,
stretches 25,000 kilometres (16,000 mi) and 83,000 kilometres
(52,000 mi) including fjords and islands. Norway shares a
1,619-kilometre (1,006 mi) land border with Sweden, 727 kilometres (452 mi) with Finland and 196 kilometres (122 mi) with Russia at the east. To the north, west and south, Norway is bordered by the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and Skagerrak.
At 385,252 square kilometres (148,747 sq mi) (including Svalbard and Jan Mayen),
(and 323,802 square kilometres (125,021 sq mi) without) much of the
country is dominated by mountainous or high terrain, with a great
variety of natural features caused by prehistoric glaciers and varied topography. The most noticeable of these are the fjords: deep grooves cut into the land flooded by the sea following the end of the Ice Age. The longest is Sognefjorden at 204 kilometres (127 mi). Sognefjorden is the world's second deepest fjord, and the world's longest. Hornindalsvatnet is the deepest lake in all Europe. Frozen ground all year can be found in the higher mountain areas and in the interior of Finnmark county. Numerous glaciers are found in Norway.
Norway lies between latitudes 57° and 81° N, and longitudes 4° and 32° E.
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