An unpretentiously beautiful country, Norway – officially called the Kingdom of Norway – easily ranks as one of the loveliest places in the world.

It is famous the world over for its natural environment and landscape, with the captivating fjords serving almost as a national symbol, and the world-renowned northern lights sashaying as a spotlight stealer.

Vibrant colors are splattered all across the country, giving Norway an unparalleled hue. The blueness of the skies and the greenness of the surroundings are alternately reflected on the fjords, while the landscape is awash in white come winter. Flowers of different shades and structures of different heights and shapes even more add character to the beauty of Norway.

As richly as it is endowed with natural blessings, Norway is composed of interesting, nature-adoring people. Norwegians, however, are normally perceived as rude, but that’s because they are very straightforward and not so accustomed to formality – use of formal pronoun and phrases, for example.

Yet when a relationship is established, they are friendly and accommodating. And despite living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, Norwegians lead simple lifestyles.

Close to five million people are living in Norway, with indigenous groups and immigrants making up a small portion of the population. The locals speak Norwegian, the official language and which has two written forms, Bokmål and Nynorsk. Sami is spoken by the indigenous group of the same name, while English is widely used in the country.

Majority of the locals practice the Lutheran faith and are members of the Church of Norway, a state church. But some Christian denominations, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and other religions make their presence in the country.

Visiting a country as scenic as Norway is unsurprisingly expensive. But a tight budget shouldn’t be your concern, since affordable accommodations, food, and transportation are made available to every type of travelers.

Only make sure to wisely plan your itinerary ahead of time. There are so many things to see and do in this Scandinavian country that you might find it hard deciding which ones to do first. Also, remember that electricity in Norway runs at 230 volts and outlets accept only plugs with two round pins. Use adaptors if necessary.

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