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The Kingdom of Norway

The origins of the Kingdom of Norway, usually known as Norway, can be traced back to the 9th century. Until the 9th century, the territory nowadays known as Norway would consist on a variety of small countries or kingdoms. Around the year 870, after the Battle of Hafrsfjord, these small kingdoms were united and became part of one same territory which later would be called the Kingdom of Norway. This country is very rich in interesting past and historical events, offering many antique spots and constructions visitors can meet in the different regions.

Norway is located towards the western area of the Scandinavian Peninsula, belonging to what is known as the Nordic countries. This country shares borders with British and Danish waters as well as it borders with Russia, Finland, and Sweden. This country also counts on an important extension of coastlines provided by the North Atlantic Ocean as well as several near by islands which turn this country into a paradisiacal place for those visitors who enjoy sea related landscapes and spots.

Norway's government is based on a constitutional monarchy which functions with a parliamentary system. It is also interesting to know that the Norwegian territory is divided into 19 administrative regions and 433 municipalities or counties. The 19 administrative regions are Akeshus, Aust-Agder, Buskerud, Nord-Trondelag, Finnmark, Hedmark, Oppland, Rogaland, Hordaland, Oslo, Ostfolf, More og Romsdal, Nordland, Telemark, Sogn og Fjordane, Troms, Vest-Agder, Sor-Trondelag, and Vestfold.

The geography of Norway is very varied. Tourists could find coastlines, mountains and green areas spread throughout this country in such a way that they could enjoy contrasting landscapes while traveling from one region to another. Some of the most attractive landscapes in this country are those provided by its coast lines and the beautiful islets tourists can meet near by.

Norway has the peculiarity of counting with a region, at its northern area, in which the sun does not set during part of the summer time as well as night doesn't end during an important part of winter. This way, this region in Norway, known as the Land of the Midnight sun, is one of the most interesting and appealing in the country.