Norway Demographics

What is the population of Norway?

Population 5,467,439
Population Growth Rate 0.33%
Urban Population 79.4%
Population in Major Urban Areas OSLO (capital) 915,000
Nationality Noun Norwegian(s)
Nationality Adjective Norwegian
Ethnic Groups Norwegian, Sami 20,000
Languages Spoken Bokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official)

Norway Learning

What is school like in Norway?


All children in Norway must complete ten years of basic education in three stages: lower primary, upper primary and lower secondary.  They study subjects such as religion, Norwegian and English,  they can also study a third language.  After lower secondary school, students may go on to upper secondary school.  They can choose either general or vocational studies.  General studies prepare students for higher learning at a university, Vocational studies help them learn skills that enable them to work.  Admission to a university is based on performance in upper secondary school.  Norway has one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Schoolwork is not graded for primary school students. Students only start to receive grades when they go to secondary school.

Norway Health Information

What are the health conditions in Norway?

Contraceptive Prevalence Rate - female 15-49 88.4%
Contraceptive Prevalence - note note: percent of women aged 20-44
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 9.21
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 100%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 100%
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 9.1%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.1%
HIV/Aids Deaths 90
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 3.3
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 3.13
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 3.79
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 3.47
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 7
Mean Age for Mother's First Birth 28.4
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 21.5%
People Living with HIV/AIDS 4,000
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population 4.08
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 100%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of rural population improved 100%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 1.77

Norway Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Norway?

Life Expectancy at Birth 80 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 83 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 77 Years
Median Age 40 Years
Median Age - female 41 Years
Median Age - male 39 Years

Norway Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Norway median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 11
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 9.21
Median Age 40 Years
Median Age - female 41 Years
Median Age - male 39 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population 1.68
Population Growth Rate 0.33%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female 1.06
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female 1.06
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female 1.01
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.06
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female .98
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female .78

Norway Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Norway?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

Medical facilities are widely available and of high quality, but may be limited outside the larger urban areas. The remote and sparse populations in northern Norway and the dependency on ferries to cross fjords of western Norway may affect transportation and ready access to medical facilities. The U.S. Embassy in Oslo maintains a list of emergency medical and dental clinics in major cities.

Norway Education

What is school like in Norway?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 6.9%
Literacy - female 100%
Literacy - male 100%
Literacy - total population 100%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
School Life Expectancy - female 18 Years
School Life Expectancy - male 17 Years
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 18 Years

Norway Literacy

Can people in Norway read?

Literacy - female 100%
Literacy - male 100%
Literacy - total population 100%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language Bokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official)

Norway Crime

Is Norway a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

Norway has a relatively low level of crime in comparison to the United States and Western European countries with large populations. The most likely forms of crime, especially in the Oslo metropolitan area, include residential and office burglaries and petty thefts. In Oslo and the other major urban areas, crime has been centered in the inner city and high transit areas. As in any other location, especially in urban areas, you should exercise basic security awareness. Although rare, violent and weapons-related crimes are growing in frequency and receive intense media coverage. These crimes usually occur in areas known to have drug trafficking and gang problems, such as certain parts of eastern Oslo. Reports have shown an increase in rape in Norway, mainly in downtown Oslo, with areas such as Grünerlokka being an area of particular concern. You should be aware that instances of pick-pocketing and petty theft are common in major tourist areas, hotel lobbies, train and transit stations, and surrounding areas. The Oslo Central train station is an especially popular area for pick-pockets and bag snatchers.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal to bring back into the United States, if you purchase them, you may also be breaking local law.

Norway Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Norway, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own, and criminal penalties will vary from country to country. This can be especially true in countries such as Norway which may seem similar to the United States, yet travelers may not be aware of subtle legal and cultural differences. Norwegian family law, for example, can be very different from that in the United States, so visitors and long-term residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this law to avoid potential problems. There are also some things that might be legal in Norway, but are illegal in the United States. For example, you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods in Norway. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. While you are overseas, you may be subject to both U.S. and local laws. If you do something illegal in Norway, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not at your destination.

While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in a foreign country, that might not always be the case. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.

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