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Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a country in Northern Europe occupying the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, as well as Jan Mayen and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard under the Spitsbergen Treaty. Norway's extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea, is home to its famous fjords.
Norway also has rich resources of gas fields, hydropower, fish, forests, and minerals. The country was the sec...ond largest exporter of seafood (in value, after the People’s Republic of China) in 2006. Other main industries include shipping, food processing, shipbuilding, metals, chemicals, mining, fishing and pulp and paper products. Norway maintains a Scandinavian welfare model with universal healthcare, subsidised higher education and a comprehensive social security system. Norway was ranked highest of all countries in human development from 2001 to 2006. It was also rated the most peaceful country in the world in a 2007 survey by Global Peace Index.
Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway. Oslo is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. Oslo is an important centre of maritime knowledge in Europe and is home to approximately 980 companies and 8,500 employees within the maritime sector, among which are some of the world's largest shipping companies, shipbrokers and insurance brokers. Oslo is considered a global city and ranked "Beta World City Plus" in studies performed by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network in 2008. Until recently, Oslo was also listed as the most expensive city in the world; however, partly due to a weakened Norwegian krone, it was surpassed by cities such as Tokyo, Copenhagen and Paris. It is estimated that 25 percent – or around 145,000 – of Oslo's core population are immigrants, reflecting its cultural diversity. As of 2009, the metropolitan area of Oslo had a population of 1.4 million; of whom, 876,391lived in the contiguous conurbation. Furthermore, the city's population currently increases at a record rate of over two per cent annually, making it one of the fastest growing cities in Europe.
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, with a population of 252,051 as of 1 January 2009. Bergen is the administrative centre of Hordaland county. Greater Bergen or Bergen Economic Region, as defined by Statistics Norway, had a population of 385,450 as of 1 January 2009. Bergen is located in the county of Hordaland on the south-western coast of Norway. It is an important cultural hub in its region and was one of nine European cities honoured with the title of European Capital of Culture in 2000.
Trondheim is a city and municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. The city of Trondheim was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The rural municipalities of Byneset, Leinstrand, Strinda, and Tiller were merged with Trondheim on 1 January 1964. Trondheim is a Norwegian center of education, technical and medical research with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and SINTEF located in the city. NTNU has about 25,000 students. With 168,257 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2009), Trondheim is Norway's third largest municipality, as well as the centre of the fourth largest urban area, with a population of approximately 162,568 (January 1st 2009). As of April 2009, the Trondheim Region, a statistical metropolitan area, has a population of 260,364, making it the fourth largest in Norway.
Stavanger is a city and municipality in the county of Rogaland, Norway. Stavanger municipality has a population of 121,325 (2008), but there are 185,913 (2007) people living in the Stavanger conurbation, making Stavanger the de facto third largest city in Norway. Stavanger is also the centre of the Stavanger metropolitan area which has a population of 285,895. The city is commonly referred to as the Petroleum Capital of Norway. The city is a combination of new and old influences. There is a significant foreign influence with the foreign oil interests, the NATO Joint Warfare Center and in recent years a large immigration from Eastern Europe. Norway's oldest cathedral, Stavanger domkirke, is situated in the city centre. Stavanger has several beautiful lakes, which are popular recreation areas. Breiavatnet is located in the heart of Stavanger, while Mosvatnet and Stokkavatnet are situated right outside.
Tromsø is a city and municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Tromsø. Tromsø city is the ninth largest urban area in Norway by population, and the seventh largest city in Norway by population. It is the largest city and the largest urban area in North Norway, and the second largest city and urban area in Sápmi (following Murmansk).
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