A major international online news outlet does not often declare a place to be the greatest place on Earth, but the Huffington Post just did, listing 25 reasons why that place is Norway.
Nature and wilderness
Particularly impressed with the beauty of the Norwegian landscape and nature, fully half of the listed points concern Norwegian wilderness in some way or another. Places and nature attractions such as Trolltunga, Kjeragbolten by the Lysefjord, the northern lights and the midnight sun all receive special mention, as do both the fjords in general and the Geirangerfjord in particular.
"How could you ever be bored?" the newspaper asks, referring to Norway's long coastline and all its islands.
"Norway is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It's home to more natural wonders than we can count and it has stunning cities, fascinating history and really happy people. Norway's not cheap. But it's worth it." - The Huffington Post
Due to Norway's legislation of the right of access - another important point mentioned in the article - you may freely explore most areas of uncultivated land, with few restrictions. Of course, you should take care to follow the rules and leave each place as pristine as you found it, for others to enjoy.
As the Huffington Post points out, Norway's more urban attractions are also well worth a visit. Such attractions as Fredrikstad Fortress, the view from Mount Fløyen in Bergen and the city of Ålesund - both by day and night - are all prominently mentioned.
Some of the attractions that so charmed the Huffington Post may come as a surprise, as they are more properly called quirky details than attractions in their own right. For instance, as the newspaper correctly points out, the Lærdal road tunnel is the longest in the world of its kind. It is 15 miles long and has three colourfully lit chambers that serve to make the 20-minute drive less stressful for drivers. Other quirky but interesting things mentioned are Norway's national drink Aquavit, as well as a certain video about animal sounds:
Happy and safe
It's not all about seeing or experiencing, though, and the very first points that the Huffington Post brings up is the fact that Norway is one of the happiest and safest places on Earth. In the United Nations Happiness Report for 2012, Norway came third, rising to second place in the same in 2013. Also, crime rate in Norway is, as the Huffington Post points out, incredibly low.
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