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Norway - a tiny civilisation in a vast nature

Posted on September 29, 2016

With only half the population of New York Norway - including the continental shelf - is next to Russia the largest country in Europe.

With only 5,1 million inhabitants – half the size of New York – Norway ranks number 120 among the 200 nations in the world.  But these few millions of Norwegians live upon the 3% arable land in Norway. We have a vast nature around us. In land area Norway ranks number 75. If we include the continental shelf and sea areas under Norwegian sovereignity we are next to Russia the largest country in Europe.


Moving on to natural resources Norway is the 5th largest oil exporter, the 3rd largest gas exporter and the 2nd largest fish exporter. And with the money from the oil Norway also has the 2nd largest State Investment Fund in the world.


Being a tiny civilisation in a vast nature colours more aspects of Norwegian life than what is at first visible. Think of the explorers – from the Viking Leif Eirikson who discovered America via the polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen and more recent explorers like Helge Ingstad and Thor Heyerdahl. Think of the Norwegian people’s well established traditions for hiking in the mountains and sailing. And think of the Norwegian environmentalist like Gro Harlem Brundtland coining the term ”sustainable growth”.


Therefore – ”man-in-nature” is an interesting theme to explore, especially in a Norwegian perspective.


How does Norwegian look upon nature? How has it developed through the last century and into our own? And how may it change in the life of an individual – from youth via middle age to old age?