Welcome to Norway: No Foreigners Please!
In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU.
Really friendly people!
Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country’s extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.
Norway /ˈnɔrweɪ/ (Norwegian: Norge (Bokmål) or Noreg (Nynorsk)), officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and Bouvet Island.
Norway has a total area of 385,252 square kilometres (148,747 sq mi) and a population of about 5 million. It is the second least densely populated country in Europe. The majority of the country shares a border to the east with Sweden; its northernmost region is bordered by Finland to the south and Russia to the east; in its south Norway borders the Skagerrak Strait across from Denmark. The capital city of Norway is Oslo. Norway’s extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea, is home to its famous fjords.
The country has the fourth-highest GDP per capita in the world. On a per-capita basis, it is the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas outside the Middle East, and the petroleum industry accounts for around a quarter of the country’s gross domestic product. The country maintains a Nordic welfare model with universal health care, subsidized higher education, and a comprehensive social security system. From 2001 to 2006, and then again from 2009 through 2011, Norway has had the highest human development index ranking in the world.
In recent years, immigration has accounted for most of Norway’s population growth. According to Statistics Norway (SSB), a record 61,200 immigrants arrived in the country in 2007, an increase of 35% from 2006. At the beginning of 2010, there were 552,313 people in Norway of some immigrant background (including those born of immigrant parents), comprising 11.4% of the total population. 210,725 were from Western countries (Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) and 341,588 were from other countries.
The largest immigrant groups by country of origin, in order of size, are Poles, Swedes, Pakistanis, Iraqis, Somalis, Germans, Vietnamese, and Danes.
Pakistani Norwegians are the largest non-European minority group in Norway, and most of their 31,000 members live around Oslo. The Iraqi immigrant population has increased significantly in recent years. After the enlargement of the EU in 2004, there has also been an influx of immigrants from Central and Eastern Europe, particularly Poland. The large 2007 immigrant group was primarily from Poland, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania and Russia.
In 2011 there were approximately 600,900 people of some non-Norwegian background residing in Norway, or 12.2% of the total population.
In 2010, the immigrant community grew by 57,000, which accounted for 90% of Norway’s population growth; some 27% of newborn children were of immigrant background.
The policies of immigration and integration are subjected to major controversy in Norway. These statistics indicate that Norway’s population is now 82.0% ethnic Norwegian, a figure that has steadily decreased since the late 20th century. Some 12.2% of the population is of solely immigrant background, while 5.7% of the population is of mixed Norwegian-foreign ancestry.
People of other European ethnicity are 5.8% of the total, while Asians (including Pakistanis, Iraqis, and Turks) are 4.3%, Africans 1.5%, and others 0.6%.
Ethnicity Population Percent Norwegians 4,305,886 86.2% Swedes 78,830 1.6% Poles 65,294 1.3% Danes 53,630 1.0% Germans 40,847 0.8% British 36,312 0.7% Pakistanis 35,722 0.7%
Rindal and Beiarn municipalities have the highest percentage of Norwegians, 99.5% and 99.1%, respectively.
Barn av Regnbuen
En himmel full av stjerner.
Blått hav så langt du ser.
En jord der blomster gror.
Kan du ønske mer?
Sammen skal vi leve.
Hver søster og hver bror.
Små barn av regnbuen
og en frodig jord.
Noen tror det ikke nytter.
Andre kaster tiden bort med prat.
Noen tror at vi kan leve av
Plast og syntetisk mat.
Og noen stjeler fra de unge
som blir sendt ut for og slåss.
Noe stjeler fra de mange
som kommer etter oss.
En himmel full av…
Men si det til alle barna!
Si det til hver far og mor:
Ennå har vi en sjanse
til å dele et håp og en jord.
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Artist: Lillebjørn Nilsen
(-My Rainbow Race-)
Tekst: Lillebjørn Nilsen
Musikk: Pete Seeger. © (1973)
My Rainbow Race
One blue sky above us
One ocean lapping all our shore
One earth so green and round
Who could ask for more
And because I love you
I’ll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It’s too soon to die.
Some folks want to be like an ostrich,
Bury their heads in the sand.
Some hope that plastic dreams
Can unclench all those greedy hands.
Some hope to take the easy way:
Poisons, bombs. They think we need ’em.
Don’t you know you can’t kill all the unbelievers?
There’s no shortcut to freedom.
Go tell, go tell all the little children.
Tell all the mothers and fathers too.
Now’s our last chance to learn to share
What’s been given to me and you.
Artist: Pete Seeger
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