Norway is one of the three Scandinavian countries in the Northern part of Europe. The country has a population of just over 5 million and one of the lowest crime rates in the world. The Norwegians very much enjoy the space and the diverse nature, and visitors are often astonished by the active way of life.
The people of Norway has never been afraid of going their own ways. A thousand years ago the Vikings sailed their ships south to the Mediterranian, east to the Black Sea and all the way west to Greenland.
Today, Norway is a modern country geared towards technology, innovation and the urge to further develop a knowledge based society. The country also relies on oil & gas industry, fisheries and traditional industrial areas.
Norway has been recognised as “the best country in which to live” more than ten times by the United Nations Human Development Report. This annual ranking is based largely on average levels of education and income, combined with expected length of lifetime, but also factors like human rights and cultural freedom. Norway is weighed high for its high literacy rate in addition to educational levels and material wealth.
Equal rights and equality are values highly respected by most Norwegians. The country is also considered to be one of the most developed democracies and states of justice in the world
Norway is a European country even though it is not part of the European Union (EU). But through the EEA-agreement Norway is fully integrated with the large European community in regards to everything from trade and economy to education and research. Norway also participates in the Schengen agreement, making travelling to and from other Schengen countries easy.