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There are approximately 5.200.000 million Norwegians, most of whom live in urban areas and all of whom enjoy uncrowded surroundings. Norway is divided into 19 countys + Svalbard. Each County is divided into different muncipalities. Norway is officially the best place in the world to live, according to the UN. Oslo is Norway´s capital with a population of about six hundred thousand people. In addition to being the seat of government, Oslo is the business and cultural capital of the nation. In Norway the currency is named Kroner (NOK).

Norway is a constitutional monarchy that adopted its own constitution on 17 May 1814. The present monarch, King Harald V, came to the throne after the death of his father King Olav V in 1991. Erna Solberg became the new Prime Minister in Norway 16 October 2013. The Prime Minister is the most senior member of the Government, responsible for coordinating and leading the work of the Government.

There are sport fishing records regarding 87 different salt water fish in Norway and many of these fish can be found along the coast of Norway. There are few tastes which compare with the flavor of Norwegian Salmon or Ocean Trout. This delicacy is keenly appreciated by international chefs and gourmets who relish its delicate color and fine texture.

By having a rigid enforcement of their cold, clear coastal waters, the Norwegians have succeeded in producing a superior quality salmon. No longer wild Aqua culture, the farming of seafood, has virtually eliminated the seasonal fluctuations in salmon harvesting. Whereas fresh wild salmon is only available for a few months of the year, Atlantic salmon and Ocean trout can be harvested daily.

The largest Norwegian food export in the past has been Stockfish (Tørrfisk). The Atlantic cod variety known as skrei because of its migrating habits, has been a source of wealth for millennia, fished annually in what is known as the Lofotfiske after the island chain of Lofoten.

Popular conceptions of the Vikings often differ from the complex picture that emerges from archaeology and written sources. A romanticised picture of Vikings as noble savages began to take root in the 18th century, and this developed and became widely propagated during the 19th-century Viking revival. The Vikings employed wooden longships with wide, shallow-draft hulls, allowing navigation in rough seas or in shallow river waters.

The received views of the Vikings as violent brutes or intrepid adventurers owe much to the modern Viking myth that had taken shape by the early 20th century. Current popular representations are typically highly clichéd, presenting the Vikings as familiar caricatures.

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