Norway ranks among the best in the world in terms of Gross Domestic Product and Human Development Index. U.N. has released the ” List of Best Countries to live “. Norway has again clinched the title for 12th time consecutively.
Out of nearly 200 countries in the competition, Norway ranks highest in every aspect i.e. life expectancy, education, and standard of living. Let’s dig into the reasons why this natural beauty tops every field.
15. Norway is the happiest place on Earth!
Norway tends to rank very high on world happiness reports and is one of the most prosperous countries in the world, has the 2nd highest level of satisfaction with standards of living, The country is also one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, with an abundance of fjords, glaciers, and mountains.
14. Crime Rate is low, really low
Happy people don’t shoot other people. Police stations run on office hours and are often closed for the weekend
13. Happy Eating
It’s very popular to eat lunch at 11 am and dinner at 3 pm (they have a 4th meal around 8 or 9 pm called “kveldsmat” which is an “evening food”)
12. Beautiful Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun is when at least a part of the Sun’s disk is visible above the horizon 24 hours of the day. It’s a boon for fishermen and other people as working time increases to 24 hours.
11. The Dark Polar Nights
A Polar Night is a night that lasts for at least 24 hours. As the polar region tilts away from the Sun during the winter, even areas that are on the Earth’s dayside do not receive any direct sunlight as the Sun stays below the horizon.
Norwegian per capita income ranks among the world´s highest. North Sea oil and gas fields are one of the cornerstones of the Norwegian economy. Other major industries upon which Norway relies are fishery, pulp, and paper, forestry, mining, manufacturing, and shipping.
Geologically, a fjord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion. Norway is famous for its majestic fjords and mountainous terrain. Two of the country’s fjord’s Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. There are many fjords on the coasts of Norway, Iceland, and Greenland. Most fjords are deeper than the adjacent sea.
Norway still shows traces of the Ice Age, when the entire country was covered by ice. Larger and smaller glaciers are found in several places in Norway. Norwegian glaciers stretch their white capes across the mountain tops and other large areas, especially towards the west and north. The glacier reflects only blue light. It is quite unique – it is a magical light.
The troll plays a significant part in Norwegian and Scandinavian folklore. The troll is an ugly, messy, nasty creature that lives in caves or forests and will turn to stone if sunlight hits them. There are even a few areas in Norway that have been named after the troll.
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6. Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree, which stands in Trafalgar Square in London, has been presented by the ‘ City of Oslo’ to the UK, for over fifty years.
5. The Land of Northern Lights
The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. To the locals in Northern parts of Norway, the northern lights are a part of their life, as they light up the night sky in surroundings dominated by snow, rugged mountains and harbors.
4. Trolltunga can give you the selfie of your life
Trolltunga is a piece of rock jutting horizontally out of a mountain about 700 meters above the north side of the lake Ringedalsvatnet in the municipality of Odda in Hordaland county.
3. Allemannsretten: the Right of Access
You can camp anywhere in Norway. Everyone has the unrestricted right of free access in the countryside, including the national parks. You may put up a tent, or sleep under the stars, for the night anywhere in the countryside, forests or mountains, except in cultivated fields and laybys. However, you must keep at least 150 meters away from the nearest inhabited house or cabin.
2. Norway has the highest number of electric cars
Norway now has 32,000 electric cars which are the highest rate per capita in the whole world. The government has offered incentives such as tax breaks and free parking to these car owners.
1. Urban Scenery
The beautiful and lavish Urban scenery is yet another reason which makes it a heaven on Earth. You will find a few Sky crappers and shopping malls in capital Oslo. Security was criticized after the famous Munch paintings The Scream and Madonna were stolen. They were later recovered and the robbers left a note saying, “thanks for the poor security.”
Let us know in comments about your experience in Norway. We would love to hear more from incredible localities and tourists about why Norway is the Best Place on Earth.