Norway, with its population of just over 5 million, is one of the three Scandinavian countries. It is ranked as one of the best countries to live in and has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Norway is a long country located in Northern Europe, with borders to Sweden, Finland and Russia on the east side, and an extensive coastline facing the North Atlantic Ocean on the west side. Here the climate is wet and mild compared to the east and the north, where winters are colder and longer. The major cities in Norway are located along the coastline: the capital Oslo is Norway's largest city, with about 620.000 inhabitants. Other major cities are Bergen and Stavanger in Western Norway, Trondheim in the middle part and Tromsø in the North.
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Many people associate Norway with nature, fjords, mountains, cold and the northern lights. But a visitor can experience interesting culture and history on holiday in Norway: this country is a place to experience exciting city life as well. All year round, most of Norway is packed and ready for things to do, from the urban vibe of Oslo, the untamed Lofoten Island or the Arctic life in Svalbard. Pick your favorites, and consider that going in the low season can also have its highs.