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Visit Norway. Discover its history. Learn about the people who lived there through stories, old newspaper articles, pictures, postcards and ancestry.

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A traditional Christmas dinner for Norwegians often starts with porridge with a lucky almond hidden in it for some lucky person. Whoever finds the almond wins a prize.

Another Christmastime superstition involves a little gnome or elf called Nisse, who guards all the farm animals. If Norwegian children do not place a bowl of special porridge for Nisse, he will play tricks them.

There is MUCH more to discover about Norway. Read on!

Norway Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards


(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
The Land of the Midnight Sun

The Land of the Midnight Sun
Pan American World Airways System

Pan American World Airways System

Discover Norway: History, News, Travel, and Stories

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During the 1300s Denmark gained more and more influence over Norway and, in 1397, Norway was absorbed into a formal union with Denmark and Sweden.
The union was ruled by a common king. Sweden gradually seceded from the union, but Denmark and Norway remained united until 1814.
1800 - Population of Norway - 883,000

1814 - May 17 - Norway drafts its own constitution

1895 - Norway
Norway, nor wā, a country forming the N.W., extremity of Europe, and occupying the N.W. and W. part of the Scandinavian peninsula. It extends from lat. 57° to 71°11' 40" N., and from lon. 4° 45' to 31°57' E. It is bounded on the N.E. by Russian Lapland, E. by Sweden, and washed on all other sides by the sea,—by the Arctic Ocean on the N., the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea on the N.W. and W., and the Skager-Rack on the S. Length, from S.S.W. to N.N.E., about 1080 miles; greatest breadth, about 275 miles; but towards the N. its breadth in some places is contracted to 20 miles. Area, 125,590 square miles...
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1900 - Population of Norway - 2,218,000

1927 - The aerosol can is invented (Erik Rotheim, Norway)
"On November 23, 1927, Norwegian engineer Erik Rotheim (also spelled Eric Rotheim) patented the first aerosol can and valve that could hold and dispense products and propellant systems. This was the forerunner of the modern aerosol can and valve..."
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Norway:
Explore Oslo:

Begin your journey in the capital city, Oslo. Visit the iconic Oslo Opera House, the Viking Ship Museum, and the Munch Museum to see works by famous artist Edvard Munch.

Stroll through Vigeland Park, which features over 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.

Enjoy the vibrant food scene in the Grünerløkka district and try traditional Norwegian dishes like rakfisk or fårikål.


Travel to Bergen, a charming coastal city surrounded by mountains. Explore Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its colorful Hanseatic buildings.

Take the Fløibanen Funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen for panoramic views of the city and fjords.

Visit the Fish Market (Fisketorget) to sample fresh seafood, including salmon and king crab.

The Norwegian Fjords:

No trip to Norway is complete without experiencing its world-famous fjords. Take a cruise or drive along the Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Hike or kayak in the fjord...

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