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Kingdom of Norway

Location: Northern Europe, bordering the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Sweden

Area: 324,220 sq km

Climate: temperate along coast, modified by North Atlantic Current; colder interior; rainy year-round on west coast

Terrain: glaciated; mostly high plateaus and rugged mountains broken by fertile valleys; small, scattered plains; coastline deeply indented by fjords; arctic tundra in north

Population: 4,438,547 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Evangelical Lutheran 87.8% (state church), other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3.8%, none 3.2%, unknown 5.2% (1980)

Languages: Norwegian (official)

Capital: Oslo

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