This is a unique place.
This land of trolls and fantastic fjords will not leave indifferent even the most experienced traveler. Here penguins can command people, snow is collected and stored in special hangars that he no longer melted and movies on high cliffs and concerts in the caves – quite a common phenomenon.
We made an unforgettable trip to Norway and have collected for you the amazing facts about this mysterious Northern country.
1. The penguin at the head of the Royal guard
Perhaps this could only happen in Norway. Animal here easily eclipses the popularity of politicians and monarchs. Sir Nils Olav is the most famous penguin in the world, which is an honorary commander and mascot of the Norwegian Royal guard. In 2008, he was knighted, and in 2016 he was promoted to Brigadier General.
2. Equal rights
Norwegian men can easily go on maternity leave with pay, but not longer than 3 months, while the mothers expected a little less than 11 months of paid leave. The Pope also guaranteed to get 2 additional weeks fully paid leave to be home with your family a couple of weeks after the baby is born.
But women in Norway, as men have a military service pass.
3. Remuneration from the state
Any help its citizens, the state is appreciated. For example, you voluntarily helped to extinguish the fire in the woods with the neighbors. This action will not remain without attention of local authorities, and they will gratefully pay you compensation for your time. It can be several thousand Norwegian crowns (several hundred dollars).
Even if you live in a small village and suddenly the storm has left you without light for a few hours, utilities are not only promptly eliminate breakage, but also will pay you compensation for the inconvenience.
4. School of dreams
In some Norwegian schools have their own eSports team.
5. Pay for purchases bottles
In many Norwegian stores you can see the equipment for reception of plastic, glass bottles and aluminum cans. In exchange for the containers they will give you a receipt with the amount for the delivered bottles, which you can use instead of money to pay for at the store.
Budget travellers share their experience for a few minutes, they could easily gather up and pass a sufficient number of bottles to compensate the cost of products in the store.
6. In the summer the snow locked up in the hangars
In Norway in winter there is so much snow that small wooden houses can easily disappear under his layer. However, Norwegians gather all this snow and stored in huge sheds all summer to October to use it when creating the ski slopes when the weather is still warm and ride right all really want.
7. Tanning in Norwegian
As the ski season begins in October and lasts almost until may, sometimes you can see how in warm weather, hot Norwegians combine your favorite sport with sunbathing.
8. To subdue the sun
The sun in Northern Norway, especially in the winter – a rare treat, and in some settlements due to the nature of the landscape it may not appear at all. Thus, in the period from September to March, the town of Rjukan lies in the shadow of the surrounding mountains, completely covering him from the sun. For lighting the city in 2013 on a mountain ridge has installed 3 giant mirrors cost 5 million Norwegian kroner, which reflect sunlight to the Central square.
9. Clean energy
In Norway there are no nuclear power plants, and virtually all electricity is produced from hydropower plants. Here on the streets of major cities you can easily find charging for electric vehicles – only in Oslo there are more than 2 000.
Norway ranks first in the world in the number of electric vehicles per capita. And yet the state provides some nice bonuses for fans of eco-friendly cars: exemption from tax when purchasing such vehicles and free Parking spaces on public Parking lots.
10. Cozy stay
If you’re in Norway, then pay attention to the bus stop. They can be very comfortably furnished. But tourists more impressive decoration, and the fact that no one takes home all this the furniture, as no one will steal your phone if you accidentally left on the bench in front of the store in a small Norwegian town, what my own experience has convinced the author of the article. In small towns the car lock is not accepted, and the keys of the house guests can safely delete in Inbox and not worry that they will take someone else’s.
11. Everything is based on trust
The Norwegians are so confident in the integrity of each other, in small villages, you can see a picture: next to the farm can stand the table “self-service” packaged in bags of potatoes and a sign with the cost. And next will lay a box to purchase and no dealer or hidden cameras. Anyone local and in a head will not come that you can steal food or money.
12. Norwegians love to party
To see the world’s largest bonfire, you can visit the Norwegian city of Alesund, where several days of wooden pallets to build a 40-meter tower, which is then burned. Such an original way the Norwegians celebrate Midsummer (June 24).
13. For those who appreciate privacy
A weekend at “the cottage” are part of Norwegian national culture. As soon as the family gets free time or a school holiday comes, Norwegians flock to the mountains and forests, to hold it in place on the lake where you might not even be electricity or absent mobile connection.
14. Movie on a rock, and a concert in the cave
Norway with its fantastic natural landscapes loved by many Directors. This is where they filmed “Harry Potter”, “the First avenger”, “Thor” and a new installment of the blockbuster “Mission impossible”. By the way, the premiere of the Thriller with Tom cruise in the lead role have decided to spend on the famous cliff with a height of 600 meters, where they filmed one of the most epic scenes of the film.
Musicians also like to remove the clips on the backdrop of the legendary Norwegian landscape. For example, the metal band the Shining played on the famous “Troll’s Tongue”.
And concerts you can hear in this cave.
15. Norway inspires
The Norwegian nature inspires filmmakers and musicians, and business owners. For example, beds, wardrobes and furniture store IKEA is named after the most beautiful places of Norway. Perhaps you have a piece of this country.
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