In honour of the Norwegian Constitution Day on the 17 May, here at Transun we have complied our top ten fascinating facts about this Arctic nation.
1. The magical kingdom of Arendelle in Disney’s hit film “Frozen” was based on Norway.
2. Norway has the largest population of Sami reindeer herders, the last indigenous tribe in Europe.
3. During Norway’s polar nights, the sun rises for only 3 hours a day in some parts of the nation, and in others – not at all.
4. The word “ski” comes from the old Norse word for “piece of split wood”. And Norway’s claim to be the home of skiing can be confirmed with the 6,000 year old rock drawings found showing a figure skiing.
5. Whilst on the subject of skiing, since 1747 the Norwegian army has had skiing battalions! And all Norwegian schools have a compulsory ski day when everyone shuns the classroom and heads for the snow.
6. In 2008, Norway knighted a penguin….yes you read that right, a penguin.
7. The monarch of Norway’s title is “Norway’s king” rather than “King of Norway” to signify that he belongs to the country, and not vice versa.
8. There is town in Norway called “Hell” ...And before you ask, Hell does freeze over in winter!
9. Norwegians pay half tax in December, so that they have more money for Christmas. Good news for the kids and their stockings!
10. Norway has won more Winter Olympic medals than any other country.
Transun offer holidays to Norway during the month of January, to watch the Northern Lights as well as exploring the vibrant city of Tromsø. If you would like further information on our Arctic breaks call our offices or view/download our e-brochure online here.