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Stortinget, the Norwegian Parliament in Oslo, Norway - Photo: Bryan Myhr
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Stortinget, the Norwegian Parliament in Oslo, Norway Photo: Bryan Myhr

Facts about Norway

Norway has a population of 5 million and covers an area of 385,155 square kilometres. The official Head of State is King Harald V.

Facts about Norway

System of government: Constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy
Head of government: Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Area: 385,155 square kilometres
Population: 5,003,000 inhabitants (as of 1 April 2012)
Capital city: Oslo
Languages: Norwegian bokmål, Norwegian nynorsk and Sami
Religion: Church of Norway (Protestant Christianity)
Currency: Norwegian kroner (NOK) 1 krone = 100 øre
Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1 hour
National day: 17 May

Weather

The weather in Norway is much milder than one would expect. Because of the Gulf Stream, temperatures along the coast of Norway are 5-8°C higher than at comparable latitudes elsewhere.

Fjords

Norway is famous for its fjords, two of which, the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord, feature on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Sognefjord, the longest of them all, and the Hardangerfjord, famed for its cherry and apple trees, are among the most visited. Discover the marvels of Fjord Norway by organising your meeting in one of Norway's most popular fjord destinations: Bergen, Ålesund, Stavanger or Haugesund. You can also discover the fjords on board the legendary Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Coastal Express.

Northern lights

The northern lights are a common natural phenomenon in Northern Norway, and are most commonly observed above the Arctic Circle between late autumn and early spring. Take your event to Tromsø, Alta or the Lofoten Islands and offer a truly great nature experience to your delegates. Or go hunting the lights onboard Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Coastal Express.

Midnight sun

The sun does not set in summer over the Arctic Circle, meaning visitors to Northern Norway enjoy 24 hours of daylight this time of year.

Winter activities

Norway is a real winter wonderland, and there is no shortage of winter activities to choose from for those looking to organise an exciting incentive programme. These include skiing (alpine, cross-country or Telemark) and snowboarding, but also snowkiting, ice climbing, ice fishing, ice skating, dog sledding, reindeer sledding, king crab safaris, and more. Seeing the northern lights, and staying at an ice or snow hotel, are also high on many visitors' list of things to do. The UNESCO-listed town of Røros is a particularly picturesque winter destination.

Last updated:  2013-11-14
The Royal Castle in Oslo, Norway - Photo: Nancy Bundt/Innovation Norway
The Royal Castle in Oslo, Norway
Petter Northug competing at Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway - Photo: Stian Broch
Petter Northug competing at Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway

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Norway Convention Bureau (NCB)

Norway Convention Bureau promotes Norway as an international meetings destination and helps conference and incentive organisers to plan their events.

Local convention bureaus

Local convention bureaus provide free advice to help you plan your event in Norway and put you in contact with the best suppliers in your chosen area.

Incentive activities

Norway's stunning nature makes a spectacular setting for team events and incentives. Popular activities include rafting, snowmobile and dog sledding.

About Norway

Closeness to nature, easy access from Europe and strong focus on sustainability make Norway a top destination for arranging meetings and incentives.

10 good reasons to hold your next meeting in Norway

A unique conference and incentive destination, Norway is not only easily accessible, safe and beautiful, it also offers great value for money.

Norway: The natural choice for your next meeting or incentive

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