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In 2007, the Norwegian government established a team that would work with all the ministries in Norway to develop a plan to combat climate change and its effects.1 This group is devoted to adapting to climate change and is headed up by the Ministry of Climate and Environment.2 In 2013, the Norwegian Parliament, Stortinget, published an overview of the government?s new policies regarding climate change adaptation.3 Research has predicted that with the global climate change, Norway will experience a marked increase in precipitation, acid rain, and urban flooding.4 Additionally, the consequences and destruction from natural disasters will be worse.5

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The Australian 
Norway secretly negotiated an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians known as the Oslo Accords in the early 1990s. The Pope expressed his deep concern over the crisis, saying: “This question of missiles in (North) Korea has been brewing for more ... See more..
The Nordic Page 
Norway has played an active role as a third party mediator in a number of international conflicts. The late foreign minister Johan Jørgen Holst was instrumental in forging the Oslo Accords between Israel and Palestine. Thorvald Stoltenberg was part of ... See more..
Wall Street Journal (subscription) 
Norway's oil-industry regulator on Thursday raised fresh concerns about safety standards slipping in the North Sea during the competition to cut costs forced by a two-year oil-price slump. While Norway accounts for just over 2% of global crude-oil ... See more..
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Reuters 
Norway and Australia are racing each other to show they can supply Japan with hydrogen, hoping to fulfill its ambition to become the first nation significantly ... See more..
BBC News 
A report into a fatal helicopter crash off Norway has said there is no explanation as to why a detection system did not spot signs of damage to the gearbox. The Super Puma 225 came down near the island of Turoey, near Bergen, while it was returning ... See more..
Cyprus Mail 
The aim of the father assumed to have abducted his four-year-old daughter on Thursday could be to illegally take the child back to his country, Norway, in the ... See more..
Autoblog (blog) 
BMW demonstrates a solar hydrogen electrolysis process, while Norway uses renewables as an alternative to Australia's coal-based H2. See more..
Fox News 
Norway, which is not a current member of the Security Council, is a founding member of the United Nations and has always considered the body as a cornerstone in its foreign policy. ___. 1:05 p.m.. One of Tokyo's major subways systems says it shut down ... See more..
UN Watch (press release) 
There has been a lot of discussion among politicians in Norway about whether or not Norway voted to have Saudi Arabia be a member of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and many have branded the country to be the “worst place in the world for ... See more..
PRI 
The annual migration of reindeer across Norway is a spectacle of nature. The majestic animals are currently moving from their southern winter grazing grounds ... See more..
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Geography

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

Total 323,802 sq km
Land 304,282 sq km
Water 19,520 sq km

Climate

temperate along coast, modified by North Atlantic Current; colder interior with increased precipitation and colder summers; rainy year-round on west coast
Natural Resources

petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, titanium, pyrites, nickel, fish, timber, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

rockslides, avalanches

volcanism: Beerenberg (elev. 2,227 m) on Jan Mayen Island in the Norwegian Sea is the country's only active volcano Beerenberg (elev. 2,227 m) on Jan Mayen Island in the Norwegian Sea is the country's only active volcano
Current Environmental Issues

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

Demographics

Nationality
Norwegian
Population
4,722,701 (July 2013 est.)
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The Norwegian economy is a prosperous mixed economy, with a vibrant private sector, a large state sector, and an extensive social safety net. The government controls key areas, such as the vital petroleum sector, through extensive regulation and large-scale state-majority-owned enterprises. The country is richly endowed with natural resources - petroleum, hydropower, fish, forests, and minerals - and is highly dependent on the petroleum sector, which accounts for the largest portion of export revenue and about 20% of government revenue. Norway is the world's third-largest natural gas exporter; and seventh largest oil exporter, making one of its largest offshore oil ...See More finds in 2011. 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. In anticipation of eventual declines in oil and gas production, Norway saves state revenue from the petroleum sector in the world's second largest sovereign wealth fund, valued at over $700 billion in January 2013 and uses the fund''s return to help finance public expenses. After solid GDP growth in 2004-07, the economy slowed in 2008, and contracted in 2009, before returning to positive growth in 2010-12, however, the government budget is set to remain in surplus. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$281.7 billion (2012 est.); $273.5 billion (2011 est.); $269.9 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

40.1% of GDP (2012 est.); 37.7% of GDP (2011 est.); 35.2% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

barley, wheat, potatoes; pork, beef, veal, milk; fish
Industries

petroleum and gas, food processing, shipbuilding, pulp and paper products, metals, chemicals, timber, mining, textiles, fishing