You probably have heard a lot of things about a country in northern Europe, Norway, and its a little over 5million inhabitants, but learning something new never hurts! We here at Bored Panda gathered some interesting facts about Norway, that you probably didn't know yet, well unless you're from Norwegian yourself. And if you are, don't forget to share some more interesting facts about your country in the comments.

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It is common for members of royal families to be required to only marry people of royal descent. However, King Harald of Norway vowed to never marry at all, if he wasn’t allowed to marry the love of his life, the daughter of a cloth merchant, Sonja Haraldsen. They later married with help of the Government of Norway and she became the Queen of Norway.

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SupriyaG
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3 years ago

Hats off to the government.

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There's a king penguin, named Nils Olav residing in Edinburgh's Zoo who was presented the title of Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian King's Guard by the king of Norway.

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BeenElle
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3 years ago

Fantastic photo! It looks like he is inspecting the soldiers all lined up so neatly.

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The world's most expensive gas is found in Norway. Norwegians pay $7.82 for a gallon of gas. In comparison, US citizens pay around $2.99. Norway has significant oil reserves but instead of subsidizing vehicle fuel, the country uses the money elsewhere. For example, to fund free college for its residents.

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Tiari
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3 years ago

And just for every non-American: The average price since October is 1,66€ per liter super. Not THAT high imo.

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During the oil crisis in 1973, Norway's King Olav had no problem taking public transport to a ski resort on the car-free weekend and even paid for a ticket. Back then car-free weekends were introduced by the Norwegian government in an effort to make people save gas.

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SupriyaG
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3 years ago

Humble King

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Every year since 1947 Norway's capital city Oslo, has donated a Christmas tree to the people of Britain as a token of gratitude for British support to Norway during the Second World War. The tree is prominently displayed in Trafalgar Square.

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Yvonne Bernal
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3 years ago

I wish more countries (and people) could just get along.

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While sushi was invented by the Japanese, we only have salmon sushi thanks to Norwegians. In 1980, during an attempt to expand seafood exports, the Norwegian delegation suggested Japanese use salmon in preparing sushi. While it took some time for them to get used to eating raw salmon, the idea eventually stuck and turned into a popular sushi variation.

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Yvonne Bernal
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3 years ago

I LOVE sushi, all sushi. But every time I eat salmon sushi I will be reminded of this post. ~ Thank you Norway!!

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Norwegians are among the happiest nations in the world. In 2017 Norway took first place in World Happiness report and the second place in 2018.

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Alexandru Bucur
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3 years ago

Well, technically, there are a few countries that are so close on the World Happiness Index that they keep shuffling among themselves each year - Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Switzerland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Canada...

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It's common for Norwegians to leave their babies sleeping outside even if temperatures are as low as 23F (-5C). Parents often leave sleeping children in prams outside cafes as they drink coffee, or balconies because they believe that it's much healthier for them to sleep in the fresh air.

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JillVille
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3 years ago

I appreciate the fresh air idea - and clearly there is confidence in knowing their babies stay safe while waiting. I couldn't imagine doing that here - in Canada even, it would be nerve wracking.

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Norway may not have a lot of luck in the summer Olympics, but they definitely rock the winter games. They have the most winter Olympic medals, 329 to be exact.

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Wynand
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3 years ago

What a curious fact. Almost as weird as, say, Jamaica, not faring so well at the Winter Olympics. Now, if only they'd enter a bobsleigh team and confuse the heck out of everyone...

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In Norway, you can get a harsher penalty for speeding than, for getting caught with drugs. Norway is probably the only European country where you can go to jail for speeding. 150km/h on a motor road can land you in jail for 18 days.

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Nikki D
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3 years ago

Well, speeding probably puts more people at risk of harm than someone being on drugs.

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It is forbidden to die in the small town of Longyearbyen. The town hasn't buried any dead people for 80 years, because bodies can’t decompose in the permafrost. Terminally ill people are flown out of the town to die elsewhere.

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Jill Pulcifer
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3 years ago

Seems like it would be easier for all involved if they just cremated them.

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Since 1901 the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony has been held in Oslo, Norway.

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Kim Lorton
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3 years ago

I also got to meet King Karl and shake his hand as the only exchange student in Almhult that year

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Norway is one of the world's biggest consumers of coffee. Annually, Norwegians consume 9.9 kg coffee per person.

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Katri
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3 years ago

Finland consumes the most coffee in the world

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Furniture retailer Ikea names its beds, wardrobes and hall furniture with the names of places in Norway.

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Oathbraker
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3 years ago

There was a funny test where you had to figure if a word was the name of an Ikea item or a metal band. http://ikeaordeath.com/

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Famous Voss bottled water comes from the municipal water supply in Iveland, Norway.

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Nubmaeme
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3 years ago

Nearly all bottled waters on the market come from municipal water supplies, even those advertised as from natural springs. Caveat emptor!

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Norway's supermarkets only sell beer and cider. To get any other alcoholic beverage you have to visit a specialized store called a Vinmonopolet.
While major cities in Norway have several of these stores, you can only find one in smaller towns, and none in the countryside.

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Wynand
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3 years ago

Vinmonopolet, as in wine monopoly? The game I never knew I needed.

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In 1971 Norway abolished life imprisonment. Now the longest possible term in jail they have is 21 years.

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Misterscooter
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3 years ago

If it is effective, why not?

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Norway's unofficial national dish - Gransiosa frozen pizza. Apparently, Norwegians are huge fans of frozen pizza, they consume around 24 million pans each year.

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Kururi.Orihara
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3 years ago

Ah ha! Take that, American stereotypes!!

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It probably comes as no surprise that modern skiing was invented by a Norwegian. During the late 19th century Sondre Norheim created a ski design that allowed him to swing and jump with a lower risk of falling. His design inspired the modern skis we use today.

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Kururi.Orihara
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3 years ago

Actually Ullr did.

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Every Norwegian who owns a TV set has to pay a TV license fee of 2680,56 kr ($318) each year.

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Lit
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3 years ago

Same thing in the UK

Ozacoter
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3 years ago

Also Germany and Belgium

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Oliver Marti
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3 years ago

In Switzerland you have to pay a TV license fee even if you don't own a TV or radio, because you could technically watch or listen to it with your Smartphone...

Christian
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3 years ago

We will probably get the same in time. Less and less people have TVs

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Mavia Kainaat
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3 years ago

The cat is very cute!

Bob Beltcher
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3 years ago

I pray they don't have to pay Comcast $120 a month on top of that.

Nikki D
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3 years ago

Is this on top of paying for channels?

Christian
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3 years ago

Yes. Its supposed to pay for the national broadcast company, that is actually quite good. They do radio as well.

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Amina Hays
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3 years ago

So do people in the UK. It's a BBC thing and you still have to pay it even if you don't watch BBC channels.

Artur Niedzielski
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3 years ago (edited)

Also in many european countries, but not that much.

Nicky OldfieldDesciple
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3 years ago

It's the same in Ireland too. In the UK the money goes to the BBC as the BBC do not show adverts. In Ireland The Tv licence money goes to RTE the Irish tv stations but they do show adverts. It's probably because of Ireland's small popu;ation. Just over 4 million.

Ian Smith
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3 years ago

Here I thought the DMV was a scam.

Blondhorsecrazy
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3 years ago

I could do away with our tv, but hubby wont let me.

Nuno Carvalho
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3 years ago

Public television, as a public service is finanças by a tax, not taxes. Usualy monthly in electricity bill. It's assumed everyone as a tv. As taxes are diferent for diferent incomes, this way everyone pays the same. Comercials are a second way of financing. Sure there are private channels.

Nancy Place
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3 years ago

I am intrigued Norway, is that the only bill you pay for viewing your channels? In the U.S., we pay a monthly fee and get to pick out certain channels........depending on how much we are willing to pay we may only have a few channels or hundreds

Christian
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3 years ago

No. This is for owning a tv set.. It funds the national broadcast company that does radio and internett content as well. They had monopoly into the 80s. The content is actually quite good, news, sports, series, documentaries and so on, and is commercial free. They can fund a lot of things that otherwise might not be made, like content for minorities etc. 85% of the adult population use at least one of their offers every day. If you want other channels you have to pay monthly for those.

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LOttawa
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3 years ago

May I please ask why? This doesn't make sense to me. You paid for the TV (taxes and all) you pay your monthly cable bill, why add a license fee.

Jonathon Smith
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3 years ago

For the production of educational media, cultural shows, commercially unbiased news reporting and maintaining the communications infrastructure of the nation (At least that's what it is in the UK). It's a hard sell though, the licence fee is always coming up as ripe for for being slashed or scrapped altogether

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SupriyaG
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3 years ago

But why?

SexyEggPlant
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3 years ago

No commercials

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SirWriteALot
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3 years ago

That fee funds public broadcast channels. Some say it is important for national TV stations to be self sufficient and not dependent on the government to prevent governments interfering and using those channels for propaganda. Current examples are Hungary and Turkey (I think).

Sunshine Mami
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3 years ago

Would gladly pay that here in the US if I did not have to see commercials.

Poppy Petal
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3 years ago

210€ in Germany. But it is called broadcast contribution.

Valinka
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3 years ago

Same thing in France...

Kopf Los
Community Member
3 years ago

In Switerland Sfr. 365.-- every year + the private ( sky 24, Sport etc are extra)

Emanuele Muggianu
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3 years ago

Same in Italy. ± 70€

Janix Box
Community Member
3 years ago

Same thing in Sweden

M O'Connell
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3 years ago

I prefer if advertisers subsidize television stations rather than the government.

Elizabeth
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3 years ago

Does everyone have to register their tv's then? how else would the govt keep track?

diane a
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3 years ago (edited)

Yes - every purchase of a new TV is recorded for the government. I recall in about 1985 we had a 2nd hand colour TV, but a black and white license (cheaper). Looked out the window one day to see a TV Detector Van parked right outside. Turned the TV off and hid behind the sofa for an hour. turned out they were after my neighbour who didnt have a license at all. Don't see those vans any more - they were very weird. Suppose these days there are more important things to detect than illegal TVs.

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ispeak catanese
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3 years ago

Why? People in the US would be up in arms.

Jonathon Smith
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3 years ago (edited)

For the production of educational media, cultural shows, commercially unbiased news reporting and maintaining the communications infrastructure of the nation (At least that's what it is in the UK). It's a hard sell though, the licence fee is always coming up as ripe for for being slashed or scrapped altogether

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kat lia
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3 years ago

What?

Christa L Gettys
Community Member
2 years ago

As an American watching Norway TV the stuff they showed was rather shocking. the full frontal and rear ends of both gender nudity and the sex was Whoa! At the time in the US only HBO was allowed to show women nude from the waist up. Sex was all shadows or simply implied.

Kevin Braid
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3 years ago

ppl need to stop paying the UK license fee, its only funding the brit govt propaganda machine and helping to cover up child abuse. they knew about Jimmy Saville

Pion 2s7
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3 years ago

Here everyone with electricity in house must pay for TV - slovakia

Alex Craig
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3 years ago

Yes saem as UK but where or who does that money go to?

GiantSpaceTiger
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3 years ago

Katt :3

Parmeisan
Community Member
3 years ago

For owning the TV, or for watching TV? I see below people saying that you buy the license when you buy a new television, but I'm curious: if you get one second-hand and only ever use it to play video games, are you breaking a law?

Isog Sargent
Community Member
3 years ago

Internet is a good alternative.

Sodom
Community Member
3 years ago

720 if you own a tv/phone even when u dont use it ^^ if you dont have a tv you still have to pay because the possibility is there that you could buy one. Welcome in austria xD

Nikki Ferguson
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3 years ago

In Australia free-to-air tv, the ABC is funded by the govt (so ad free). SBS (multicultural station) also govt funded but has some ads (non in movies though). Then you get free commercial stations with ads. But we mostly prefer Netflix now

Panda Panda
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3 years ago

For what reason?

Max L.
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3 years ago

The cat comes free.

Azure Adams
Community Member
3 years ago

Why?

Surya Amriza
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

They still have this thing? I thought it was a thing of the past.

Christian
Community Member
3 years ago

Well.. Just dont buy a TV in your own name and you are alright ;) Also, the controllers, that do go around from time to time has no authority so they can't actually check if you have a TV set.

Miranda Fritsch
Community Member
3 years ago

Same in France

Überdenken
Community Member
3 years ago

This is just stupid

Noez 🇸🇪
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3 years ago (edited)

Used to be the exakt same in Sweden but not now! Yay!

Flash Henry
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3 years ago

I thought that was just Irish nonsense

nazan fidan
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3 years ago

not cool

Melissa D
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3 years ago

That is so stupid.

Oathbraker
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3 years ago

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Well that's just extortion. I wonder how people put up with it.

SexyEggPlant
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3 years ago

I think instead of them filling your tv with commercials you instead just pay a fee...

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