Country Profile - Norway

Name: Norway

Location: Northern Europe, Scandinavia

Time: IST (-) 4 1/2 hours

Capital: Oslo

Language: Bokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official), Lappish and English

Area: 323,758 sq kms

Population: 4,691,849 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 17 May (Constitution Day)

Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK).

Climate: Coastal areas have a moderate climate owing to the Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Drift. Inland temperatures are more extreme with hot summers and cold winters (November to March). In general, the lowlands of the south experience colder winters and warmer summers than the coastal areas. Rain is distributed throughout the year with frequent inland snowfalls during the winter. The northern part of the country inside the Arctic Circle has continuous daylight at midsummer, and twilight all day during winter.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 1 May May Day. 17 May Constitution Day. 17 May Ascension Day. 25 Dec Christmas Day. 26 Dec Andre Juledag.

Airline Name: Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)

International Airports: Gardermoen (OSL) (Oslo), Sola (SVG) (Stavanger), Flesland (Bergen) (BGO)