Norway and the Stavanger region

A bit of background…

Norway (officially called the Kingdom of Norway) has a population of around 5 million and covers an area of around 385 155 square kilometers. It is located on the Northern and Western part of the Scandinavian peninsula.

Capital city: Oslo

Member of the EU: No

System of government: Constitutional monarchy (HM King Harald V and HM Queen Sonja since 1991) and parliamentary democracy (Prime minister is Erna Solberg)

Currency: Norwegian kroner

Main religion: Church of Norway (protestant Christianity)

Weather: Generally not all that warm. Though coastal cities tend to have milder winters (baring in mind inland can reach temperatures of -40 degrees celsius…), and doesn’t often have temperatures above freezing

Renown for its fjords and beautiful countryside, Norway is also steeped in ancient history in the form of the Vikings. Notorious as fearless warriors and skilled traders, Norway was their homeland along with the other Scandinavian countries of Denmark and Sweden. They founded many cities including Dublin in Ireland and Normandy in France, ruling over much of Europe for 5 centuries.

Stavanger

Stavanger is a city located in the southwestern part of Norway (on the coast..). Home to around 150 000 people and about a dozen museums, it is the fourth largest city in Norway (or 3rd depending where you look). Along with Liverpool it was the European Capital of Culture in 2008, and its local football team (Viking FK) plays in the countries premier league (currently holding 8 premier league titles to their name). It is an oil rich city, a discovery of oil of shore in the 1960s has shaped and changed the once primarily port town as it was chosen to become the on-shore center for the oil industry on the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

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