is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe with a population of approximately 5.5 million people. It is known for its rugged coastal landscape, pristine nature and abundant resources. Its capital city, Oslo, is home to the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) and the Royal Palace. Norway is one of the world's most prosperous countries with a high standard of living and strong economic growth.
The official language of Norway is Norwegian, but the Sami languages are also recognized as official languages. Christianity is the predominant religion of Norway, with the majority of Norwegians belonging to the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Norway is a constitutional monarchy and has a single legislative house. The head of state is the King, and the head of government is the Prime Minister. The currency used in Norway is the Norwegian krone.
Norway is a large country with a varied terrain, ranging from mountains and plateaus in the southwest and central parts, to fjords and glaciers in the north. Fishing and logging were historically important industries in Norway, though mining, manufacturing and services have grown significantly since World War II.
Norway is highly educated and literate, with virtually everyone aged 15 and over able to read and write. Life expectancy in Norway is high, with men expecting to live an average of 81.2 years and women 84.7 years. Norway has a Gross National Income of 420,967 million US dollars and a GNI per capita of 78,250 US dollars.