Norway (Norge, Noreg) is a nation on the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula, commonly associated with the Vikings. Due to the country’s high latitude, between late May and late July, the sun never sets completely in the areas north of the Arctic Circle. That’s why Norway is often called the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’. It is also famous for its huge fjords, glaciers and mountains, ideal for hiking and skiing (at Lillehammer Olympic resort). Norway experiences a temperate climate along the coast and lower temperatures inland, as you may see on the live weather cams. The low areas around the capital city, Oslo, enjoy the warmest and sunniest summer months, but also cold and snowy winters.
Norway's long fishing tradition is present in its cuisine, with both fresh and cured salmon, marinated herring, trout and codfish. The country has many natural hidden treasures: Jostedalsbreen Glacier; Hornindalsvatnet, the deepest lake in Europe; Sognefjord, the world’s longest fjord and the second deepest (many cruise ships depart from Bergen to contemplate this impressive fjord); or the Voringfossen waterfall. In Oslo, you will find green areas and interesting museums, as the Viking Ship Museum. Stavanger, Trondheim, Drammen, Fredrikstad and Porsgrunn are beautiful places worth visiting.
Evangelical Lutheran Christianity (the Church of Norway, also known as the People's Church) is the religion of the majority of the 5 million people living in Norway.