National Symbols of Norway

Last updated on May 16th, 2023 by Editorial Staff

Table Of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Country Information
  3. Coat of arms
  4. Flag map
  5. Country motto
  6. National animal
  7. National flower
  8. National bird
  9. Rest of national symbols
  10. State symbols
  11. Neighbouring countries
  12. Proverbs & sayings
  13. Compare with other countries
  14. Location

Norway, or the Kingdom of Norway, is a narrow country on the Scandinavian peninsula and Sweden and Finland. The country features a long coastline famous for its fjords, sea inlets between cliffs, to the Atlantic Ocean. The capital Oslo is located in the southern part of the country. The population consists of Norwegians and Samis, who have darker skins and shorter heights. Most of the population are Christians. Although the country is a part of the European Union, the country’s monetary unit is Norwegian Krone. The country code is +47, and the national domain is “.no.”

Harald Fairhair, the greatest King of Norway in the 9th century, is considered the founder of Norway. Constitution Day on the 17th of May is the national day as it is the independence day of Norway in 1814 from Sweden. The leader of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Roald Amundsen, is considered a national hero, thanks to his successful explorations. The Norwegian flag has the national colors red, white, and blue; a white-framed blue cross is on a red background.

The national animal of Norway is the lion which is also shown on the coat of arms. Another symbol of animal and bird is the White-throated Dipper, unique to the country. Bergfrue is an endemic Norwegian flower that is an important cultural symbol. Farikal is a national dish consisting of pieces of mutton with bone, cabbage, whole black pepper, and a little wheat flour, cooked for several hours in a casserole. The distilled spirit of Scandinavia, Akvavit, is considered to be the national drink. Haraldshaugen is a national monument in the city of Haugesund which was erected in the time of King Harald for the unification of Norway. The Royal Mausoleum is considered the national mausoleum that houses the graves of many significant country figures.

The famous poet Henrik Wergeland is a Norwegian national poet. The national instrument is Hardingfele Hardanger, a type of violin, while the national dance is called The Halling, a folkloric dance performed mainly by men at weddings. Football is the most famous sport in the country, but the national sport is Cross-Country Skiing. The symbolic Norwegian mythical creatures are Trolls. Finally, the national airline is called Scandinavian Airlines.

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Country information

Former name(s) Norvegr
Official name(s) Kingdom of Norway
Alternative name(s) Kingdom of Norway (official, English)
Regional location Northern Europe, bordering the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Sweden
Country name etymology From the old Norse norðr and vegr, "northern way". Norðrvegr refers to long coastal passages from the western tip of Norway to its northernmost lands in the Arctic
Climate Temperate along coast, modified by North Atlantic Current; colder interior with increased precipitation and colder summers; rainy year-round on west coast
Terrain Glaciated; mostly high plateaus and rugged mountains broken by fertile valleys; small, scattered plains; coastline deeply indented by fjords; arctic tundra in north
Population 5,421,241
National Day 17 May 1814
Language(s) Norwegian
Religion Chirstianity Church of Norway
Country code +47
Literacy rate 99%
Currency Norwegian krone
Capital city Oslo
Domain(TLD) .no
Ethnicity Norwegian and Sámi
Head of government Prime Minister
Nationality Norwegian
Driving side Drive on the Right-hand side
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Total area 385,207 km² (148,729 sq mi)
Timezone UTC+1 (CET)
Average elevation 460 m (1,509 ft)
Coastline 83,281 km
Mains electricity 230 V
Emergency telephone numbers Emergency Telephone Numbers

Coat of arms

Flag map of Norway

Flag map of Norway

Motto of Norway

No official motto

National animal of Norway

The National animal of Norway is Lion

National Animal of Norway - Lion

National flower of Norway

The National flower of Norway is Bergfrue. Botanical name is Saxifraga cotyledon.

National flower of Norway - Bergfrue

National bird of Norway

The National bird of Norway is White-throated dipper

National bird of Norway - White-throated dipper

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Neighbouring countries of Norway

Norwegian Proverbs - Popular quotes, proverbs and sayings.

The best friends are fewest.

Straight ahead is shortest, but not always easiest.

Either conform to the customs or flee the country.

To be a hero hang on for a minute longer.

The less you know, the less you forget.

Good fortune is loaned, not owned.

Where age gets in, he will never get out again.

The lame runs if he has to.

The pardon may be more severe than the penalty.

Better ten hairs on the head than one in the soup.

If you bend the rights, they will break.

All weather is passing.

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