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Country name conventional long form: Kingdom of Norway
conventional short form: Norway
local long form: Kongeriket Norge
local short form: Norge
Gevernment typeconstitutional monarchy
Capital name: Oslo
geographic coordinates: 59 55 N, 10 45 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Flag descriptionred with a blue cross outlined in white that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag)
CurrencyNorwegian krone (NOK)
Internet country code.no
Ports and terminalsBorg Havn, Bergen, Mo i Rana, Molde, Mongstad, Narvik, Oslo, Sture
Agriculture productsbarley, wheat, potatoes; pork, beef, veal, milk; fish
Industriespetroleum and gas, food processing, shipbuilding, pulp and paper products, metals, chemicals, timber, mining, textiles, fishing
Geography
LocationNorthern Europe, bordering the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Sweden
Coordinates62 00 N, 10 00 E
ContinentEurope
Area total: 323,802 sq km
land: 307,442 sq km
water: 16,360 sq km
Boundaries total: 2,542 km
border countries: Finland 727 km, Sweden 1,619 km, Russia 196 km
Coastline25,148 km (includes mainland 2,650 km, as well as long fjords, numerous small islands, and minor indentations 22,498 km; length of island coastlines 58,133 km)
Climatetemperate along coast, modified by North Atlantic Current; colder interior with increased precipitation and colder summers; rainy year-round on west coast
Terrainglaciated; mostly high plateaus and rugged mountains broken by fertile valleys; small, scattered plains; coastline deeply indented by fjords; arctic tundra in north
Natural resourcespetroleum, natural gas, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, titanium, pyrites, nickel, fish, timber, hydropower
Natural hazardsrockslides, avalanches
People
Population4,610,820 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsNorwegian, Sami 20,000
ReligionsChurch of Norway 85.7%, Pentecostal 1%, Roman Catholic 1%, other Christian 2.4%, Muslim 1.8%, other 8.1% (2004)
LanguagesBokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities; note - Sami is official in six municipalities

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