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Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country's extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.


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Telephones - main lines in use World Ranking: 62
1.702 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular World Ranking: 98
5.525 million (2009)

Telephone system
General assessment
Modern in all respects; one of the most advanced telecommunications networks in Europe
Domestic
Norway has a domestic satellite system; the prevalence of rural areas encourages the wide use of mobile-cellular systems
International
Country code - 47; 2 buried coaxial cable systems; submarine cables provide links to other Nordic countries and Europe; satellite earth stations - NA Eutelsat, NA Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean), and 1 Inmarsat (Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions); note - Norway shares the Inmarsat earth station with the other Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden) (1999)

Broadcast media
State-owned public radio-TV broadcaster operates 3 nationwide TV stations, 3 nationwide radio stations, and 16 regional radio stations; roughly a dozen privately-owned television stations broadcast nationally and roughly another 25 local TV stations broadcasting; nearly 75% of households have access to multi-channel cable or satellite TV; 2 privately-owned radio stations broadcast nationwide and another 240 stations operate locally (2008)

Internet country code
.no

Internet hosts World Ranking: 29
3.584 million (2010)

Internet users World Ranking: 53
4.431 million (2009)


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Sandheia Nordland Fylke

Store Koll Hordaland Fylke

Homsbo Aust-agder Fylke

Sandsetvatn Telemark Fylke

Hellevassbu Hordaland Fylke

Grytingsfjellet Buskerud Fylke

Meland Vest-agder Fylke

Ringerud Buskerud Fylke




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