Norway: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world Norway, history of the vikings and the Isle of Man and Greenland, the sun sets night and day.

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The Vikings occasionally colonized the countries they invaded. The Isle of Man, located off the coast of England, was settled by Norse Vikings whose kingdom lasted there until the early 15th century, when the island voluntarily submitted to Henry IV of England. In the late 9th century, the Vikings colonized Iceland. These settlers developed a code of laws, a Parliament of sorts, and a court with powers to pass judgment and legislate laws. In the late 10th century, Erik the Red, a Norse Viking, discovered Greenland, and his discovery led to the establishment of a Viking colony on Greenland from which Viking explorers journeyed farther west. It was from the Greenland settlement that Leif Erikson sailed when he discovered Vinland (North America).

The sun never sets in northern Norway from May 12 to August 1, and even in Oslo the nights are not really dark from the last days of April to the middle of August. The nights, however, are correspondingly long and the dark winter of the north and even to some degree that of the south have a psychologically depressing effect.

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