By Jan Sjåvik

One of many smallest nations in Europe, Norway has created for itself a place on the planet neighborhood, that's thoroughly out of percentage to the dimensions of its inhabitants. initially the house of sub-Arctic hunters and gatherers, then of ferocious Vikings, it misplaced probably 1/2 its inhabitants to the Black dying in 1349, ended up in a union with Denmark that lasted until eventually 1814, after which turned united with Sweden, gaining whole independence simply as lately as 1905. Over the centuries the Norwegians eked out a meager dwelling from stony fields and treacherous seas whereas discomfort via starvation, darkness, and chilly, even though, its fresh effective use of such typical assets as hydroelectric energy, normal fuel, and oil has made the Norwegians a few of the richest humans on the planet. The ancient Dictionary of Norway offers a wealth of knowledge that illuminates Norway's impressive historical past, society, and tradition. this can be performed via a chronology, a bibliography, an introductory essay, appendixes, and over 250 cross-referenced dictionary entries masking occasions and members of historic, political, social, and cultural importance. either earlier and current political events are mentioned, significant financial sectors are defined, and easy financial evidence are supplied. numerous entries describe the historical past and sights of significant Norwegian towns, and Norway's position within the overseas group is precise in addition supplying an entire portrait of this shiny kingdom.

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