4,574,560 (July 2004 est.)
0-14 years: 19.8% (male 462,899; female 440,725)
15-64 years: 65.4% (male 1,520,481; female 1,473,101)
65 years and over: 14.8% (male 284,170; female 393,184)
total: 324,220 sq km
land: 307,860 sq km
water: 16,360 sq km
Area - comparative:
slightly larger than New Mexico
21,925 km (includes mainland 3,419 km, large islands 2,413
km, long fjords, numerous small islands, and minor indentations
temperate along coast, modified by North Atlantic Current;
colder interior with increased precipitation and colder
summers; rainy autumn and spring on west coast
glaciated; mostly high plateaus and rugged mountains broken
by fertile valleys; small, scattered plains; coastline
deeply indented by fjords; arctic tundra in north
lowest point: Norwegian Sea 0 m
highest point: Galdhopiggen 2,469 m
petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc,
titanium, pyrites, nickel, fish, timber, hydropower
purchasing power parity - $171.6 billion (2003 est.)
Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters
in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes.
The current focus is on containing spending on the extensive
welfare system and planning for the time when petroleum
reserves are depleted. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994,
Norway rejected joining the EU.
Family income 2001: NOK 356.000 or USD 46.000
Largest income rise for older households
In 2002 average after-tax income for Norwegian households
was NOK 333 500.
From 1990 to 2002 the median after-tax income for all
households rose with
roughly 22 per cent, in real prices.
All household types have experienced an income rise in
There is nevertheless a tendency that the older households
have had a
stronger rise in income compared to younger households.
We find this
trend among singles, couples with children, as well as
without children. In particular couples without children,
main income earner is 65 years and older, have had a solid
in household income.
Activities of travel agencies, tourist
offices, and tour operators,
structural business statistics 2002
Decline in turnover
Travel agencies, tourist offices and tour operators had
a gross turnover of
NOK 29.5 billion in 2002 – a decline just above
NOK 600 million from 2001.