Bjarne Riesto    

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The Gulf Stream makes the climate in Norway more comfortable than in other countries of northern latitudes. Hot, bright summer days that lasts into the evening, mild winters with year round ice free fjords in the south and the beautiful midnight sun during summer in the north. In the high mountains snow is an all year experience. Glaciers ensure snow and good skiing conditions in all seasons.


A unique combination of high level technology, a very good infrastructure, and beautiful, untouched nature makes Norway a special place, rich in scenery. Having a lot of natural resources, such as oil, gas, minerals, fish and lumber, Norway has some of the highest living standards in the world.

The country's 2650 kilometres long coastline, extended inland by the famous Norwegian fjords, and augmented by the country's 57.000 islands, is combined with high mountains covering large parts of the inland (half the country lies above the tree limit). This combination explains why some 90% of the population live within kilometres of the coast.

The geographic profile ensures Norway a great variety of climate, vegetation and scenery, ranging from the green and lush southern coast to the glaciers and the snow of the inland mountains, from the fjords of western Norway to the wild and ragged nature in the north. Norway`s location also exposes it to great changes from one season to another, adding to the variation in scenery.

Building the geographical infrastructure has long been a priority, and despite the geography you can get almost anywhere by car. Coupled to this is a network of roads and bridges. National and international airports, ferry lines, and railroads secure excellent connections between the different regions inside Norway and between Norway and the rest of the world.