Norway

Kongeriket Norge, Kongeriket Noreg

Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Dennis Betzholz, Der Spiegel

Norway Outlaws Begging

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Norway's Racist Human Zoo Is a Hit

Sarah Dougherty, Global Post

The Arctic Norwegian Juggernaut

Robert Smol, National Post

During Ramadan, Muslims fast until the sun goes down. But what if you live in a place where there is no sunset? The believers in Tromsø, Norway spent years searching for a s...(full article)

Norway, one of the world's richest nations, is about to ban begging in a move some see as a sign of rising anti-immigrant sentiment. Whatever the motivation, it's the work of misgu...(full article)

Two artists have recreated a “human zoo” in Oslo, just in time for the 200th anniversary of Norway’s constitution. The project is modeled after an actual historic...(full article)

Ultimately, the Nordic model overlooks evidence about the risks that criminalization forces sex workers to absorb. It is difficult to see, then, how such a regime coheres with the ...(full article)

Norway, a country with five million people —one-seventh our population, fewer than Greater Toronto — has established a permanent, professional boots-in-the-snow presence in the...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Trying to Burnish the Viking Image - Tom de Castella, BBC News

The Viking story has fascinated people for centuries. But as a major exhibition opens at the British Museum, have people got them all wrong?...

How Norway Squandered Its Oil Wealth - Jerome Vitenberg, Wash. Times

Some 50 years ago, Njord, the mythological Norsk god of wealth, smiled on the hardworking fishermen and lumberjacks, and presented Norway with the gift of oil. In financi...

Nordics No Model for Prostitution - Skilbrei & Holmstrom, Conversation

The “Nordic model” of prostitution is often heralded for being particularly progressive and woman-friendly, built on a feminist definition of prostitution as a form of ...

Why Is China Snubbing Norway? - Christopher Beam, Associated Press

Mainly associated with conflict resolution, foreign assistance and cozy Scandinavian prosperity, Norway makes an odd target for China's ire. Yet for three years, Beijing has froze...

Al-Shabab's Scandinavian Connection - Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast

Larvik, a former whaling village on the eastern coast of Norway, would seem an unlikely hotbed of jihadists. But it now appears that among those men who attacked a shopping mall ...

Westgate Tests Norway's Progress Party - Frøy Gudbrandsen, The Guardian

Two days after the populist rightwing Progress party entered the Norwegian government, it is already facing its first test of how to handle controversial immigration issues now i...

Don't Blame Norwegians for Nobel Prize Follies - Jochen Bittner, NYT

When I visited him in his office at the Alfred Nobel Institute in Oslo, Mr. Lundestad grabbed a copy of the Oxford Dictionary of Contemporary World History. The entry line under &l...

Norway TV to Air 5 Hours of Competitive Knitting - Lindy West, Jezebel

Ah, Norway! Land of my people! A Norwegian television station has announced that they plan to broadcast the world knitting record for the fastest time from "sheep to actual finishe...

Norway Breaks with Social Democracy - Nima Sanandaji, New Geography

Largely uncommented on in the US press, Europe’s long-standing social democratic tilt has changed. During recent years, almost all Western European nations have seen a dramat...

Could Norway Be Key to Future Syria Strike? - Christopher Chivvis, GPS

The White House has faced an increasingly uphill battle to gain domestic and international support for possible strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, yet ther...

Norway: The World's Ethical Petro Power? - Antoine Jacob, WC/Le Temps

Norway famously chose not to invest any oil funds in businesses that did not respect these standards. By the end of 2012, Norway had boycotted 55 companies for forced labor, child ...

Norway's Disturbing Lurch to the Right - Alf Gunvald Nilsen, Guardian

The results from today's Norwegian elections are more or less clear: with some 26.8% of the vote, the Conservative party (Høyre) is poised to head Norway's next coalition govern...

Should U.S. Chase a Scandinavian Model? - Joel Kotkin, New Geography

When American progressives dream their future vision of America, no place entices them more than the sparsely populated countries of Scandinavia. After all, here are countries that...

The Tough Norwegians Who Hunt Whales - Jo Fidgen, BBC News

Whale hunters tend to shy away from publicity because of the controversy surrounding their profession. But the crew of the Jan Bjorn in Norway - a country whose fishermen kill arou...

Norway's 'Slow TV' Excruciating Yet Compelling - Mark Lewis, Time

When Bergensbanen, a television show that broadcast live the seven-hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen, literally became the Norwegian sleeper hit of the season in 2009, the nat...

Norway Could Become Victim of Its Own Success - Holly Ellyatt, CNBC

As most of Europe falls prey to economic decline and austerity measures, Norway's booming economy is expected to grow a healthy 2.8 percent in 2013. But there could be trouble ahea...

Multiculturalism Is Splitting Europe - Eriksen & Stjernfelt, Eye on the News

Last summer, the director of Norway’s Trondheim Museum of Art, Pontus Kyander, decided that the museum should no longer fly the Norwegian flag. He argued that a nation’s flag i...

Nordic Countries: Supermodels for the World - The Economist

SMALLISH countries are often in the vanguard when it comes to reforming government. In the 1980s Britain was out in the lead, thanks to Thatcherism and privatisation. Tiny Singapor...

Norway's 'Cuddly Capitalism' No Less Innovative than U.S. - Vox EU

The cut-throat versus cuddly capitalism distinction (Acemoglu et al. 2012) resonates with widely-held stereotypes. The US is a ‘mean streets’ sort of place to live but the law ...

Israel Is Winning in Europe - Arsen Ostrovsky, Ynet News

Key factor behind Israel’s success in Europe is ability to remove 'conflict' from bilateral ties....

Northern Europe Is Doing it Right - Alyson Bailes, The World Today

The European Union’s southern member states – Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal – have become the sick men of Europe, helping to turn the EU into one of the sicker regions of...

Arctic Is the Mediterranean of 21st Century - James Holmes, Foreign Policy

If climate scientists' prophesies of an ice-free Arctic Ocean pan out, the world will witness the most sweeping transformation of geopolitics since the Panama Canal opened. Seafari...

Norway: EU for Thee But Not for Me - Matthew Yglesias, Moneybox

The most striking thing about the Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee's decision to award a Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union is that Norway is part of Europe by almost any geo...

Islam's Critics Won't Be Silenced - Robert Spencer, Los Angeles Times

Nathan Lean wants "society" to take action against those who stand for freedom and human rights against jihad, Sharia and Islamic supremacism, for we "must be stopped." This is a ...

Why Norway Is Satisfied with Breivik's Sentence - Mark Lewis, Time

In a case that tested Norway’s proud tradition of liberal justice to its limit, a five-judge panel in Oslo decided anti-Islamic mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was more evil...

Norway Must Silence Breivik - The Australian

Allowing mass murderer Anders Breivik to disseminate his vile views from Oslo's Ila prison- bedroom with en suite, office with computer and printer, and mini-gym with treadmill - i...

Norway's Mass Murderer Wins - Elias Groll, Foreign Policy

The prosecution had asked the court to find Breivik insane, an argument the court rejected, and in a press conference after the trial proceedings, it was announced that the prosecu...

Norway Shows Its Strengths in Breivik Trial - The Independent

Norway's leaders should be commended for how the Breivik trial was handled....

Breivik's Sordid Victory Is Complete - Dan Hodges, Telegraph Blogs

Anders Breivik will spend the rest of his life in jail. The sentence of 21 years handed down today is not a maximum, but an effective minimum. It can then be extended by 5 year i...

Europe Caricatures Don't Tell Full Story - Dan Gardner, Ottawa Citizen

In trying to make sense of the world around us we need to avoid broad-brush conclusions and pay attention to particulars. And we should have nothing to do with caricatures....

Learning from Norway's Tragedy - Jonas Store, New York Times

One year ago Sunday, Norway experienced one of the worst extremist attacks Western Europe has witnessed since World War II when Anders Behring Breivik systematically killed 77 pe...

The Secret to Norway's Success? Women - Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen

In an increasingly insular, selfish and fearmongering world, Norway distinguishes itself in many ways - its commitments to peace, helping the world's poor and environmental sust...

Norway's Struggle to Punish Breivik and Stay Liberal - Mark Lewis, Time

Anders Behring Breivik, 33, has admitted to detonating the bomb that mangled the government complex in the center of Oslo, killing eight, then driving to the nearby wooded island...

Scandinavian Model Is No Paradise - Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph

Ed Miliband wants Britain to become more like Finland. I know, I know – no one cares what Ed Miliband thinks about anything. He could ask us all to join hands and board the lov...

Norway Wants to Become Europe's Battery - Christoph Seidler, Der Spiegel

Because ind and solar energy are inconsistent, energy managers are looking for ways to fill in the gaps when it is dark outside and the air is still. A Norwegian company wants t...

Norway's 'Moon Landing' or Boondoggle? - Gerald Traufetter, Der Spiegel

A promise stands at the entrance: "Catching Our Future" reads the slogan Tore Amundsen hurries past. Still, it doesn't exactly smell like a clean future here in Mongstad, on the w...

Norway's Creeping Anti-Semitism - Michael Sharnoff, Jerusalem Post

A new and not-so-subtle threat has emerged from one of the more peaceful places on earth - Scandinavia....

Breivik and the Far Right Terror Threat - Defense Management

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Norway Killer's Bosnian Link - Bjurwald & Baumgartner, The National

Lisa Bjurwald and Maik Baumgärtner The trial of the right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik has been a field day in the international media, with ...

Norway's Troubled Example to the World - The Guardian

Yesterday's remarkable court proceedings were the start of a long and harrowing - but necessary - phase for Norway....

Scotland Could Be the Next Greece - Martin Hutchinson, Asia Times

The thought of great names from the past, such as Adam Smith and David Hume, may puff up the courage of present-day Scots urging independence, but economic and political facts sugg...

Russia Pulling Ahead in the Arctic - Michael Byers, Toronto Star

Unlocking Russia's Arctic treasure chest will require new transportation routes. Some Siberian officials envisage a railway to the Bering Strait and beyond through a tunnel to No...

The Real Euro Divide Is North vs. South - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

As ratification problems mount, against a background of economic stagnation or worse, last week's clear picture of an isolated UK and a Europe pushing towards unity will become m...

Nordic Insecurity - Hakon Saxi, Pynx

In the immediate wake of the 22/7 Oslo terrorist attack, when the origin of the attack was still unknown, the international press coverage gave the impression of an unprecedented a...

Rising Restrictions on Religion Worldwide - Pew Research Center

The kinds of social hostilities that recently erupted in violence in Norway have been rising across Europe, a new report by the Pew Forum shows. Social hostilities involving religi...

About Norway

  • Kingdom of Norway
  • Population: 4,660,539 (116th)
  • Area Size: 125,021 sq mi (67th)
  • GDP: $276.5 billion (41st)
  • Currency: Norwegian krone (NOK)
  • Official Languages: Bokmal Norwegian, Nynorsk Norwegian
  • Capital City: Oslo
  • Largest City: Oslo

Norway Prosperity Rank: 1

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