Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Norway


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Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. 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. (from the CIA)
 
 

 

Economic Overview

The norwegian economy is a prosperous bastion of welfare capitalism, featuring a combination of free market activity and government intervention. the government controls key areas, such as the vital petroleum sector, through large-scale state enterprises. the country is richly endowed with natural resources - petroleum, hydropower, fish, forests, and minerals - and is highly dependent on its oil production and international oil prices, with oil and gas accounting for one-third of exports. only saudi arabia and russia export more oil than norway. norway opted to stay out of the eu during a referendum in november 1994; nonetheless, as a member of the european economic area, it contributes sizably to the eu budget. the government has moved ahead with privatization. although norwegian oil production peaked in 2000, natural gas production is still rising. norwegians realize that once their gas production peaks they will eventually face declining oil and gas revenues; accordingly, norway has been saving its oil-and-gas-boosted budget surpluses in a government petroleum fund, which is invested abroad and now is valued at more than $250 billion. after lackluster growth of less than 1% in 2002-03, gdp growth picked up to 3-5% in 2004-07, partly due to higher oil prices. norway's economy remains buoyant. domestic economic activity is, and will continue to be, the main driver of growth, supported by high consumer confidence and strong investment spending in the offshore oil and gas sector. norway's record high budget surplus and upswing in the labor market in 2007 highlight the strength of its economic position going into 2008.

Environmental Issues

Water pollution; acid rain damaging forests and adversely affecting lakes, threatening fish stocks; air pollution from vehicle emissions

Government Type

Constitutional monarchy

Population

4,644,457 (july 2008 est.)

Location

Northern europe, bordering the north sea and the north atlantic ocean, west of sweden

Area

Total: 323,802 sq km land: 307,442 sq km water: 16,360 sq km

Slightly larger than new mexico

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: kingdom of norway conventional short form: norway local long form: kongeriket norge local short form: norge

Capital

Name: oslo geographic coordinates: 59 55 n, 10 45 e time difference: utc+1 (6 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last sunday in march; ends last sunday in october

Military Service

18-44 years of age for male compulsory military service; 16 years of age in wartime; 17 years of age for male volunteers; 18 years of age for women; 12-month service obligation, in practice shortened to 8 to 9 months; although all males between ages of 18 and 44 are liable for service, in practice they are seldom called to duty after age 30; reserve obligation to age 35-60; 16 years of age for volunteers to the home guard, who serve 6-month duty tours (2006)

International Disputes

Norway asserts a territorial claim in antarctica (queen maud land and its continental shelf); despite dialogue, russia and norway continue to dispute their maritime limits in the barents sea and russia's fishing rights beyond svalbard's territorial limits within the svalbard treaty zone

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

135 Norway Jobs Found


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Washington Frank - Trondheim - posted about 11 hours ago
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Nigel Frank International - Oslo - posted about 11 hours ago
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Nigel Frank International - Sandefjord - posted about 11 hours ago
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