Where In The World Wednesday: Nov. 26

Staff Reports

It’s ‘Where In The World Wednesday’ in the Carson Valley Times newsroom.

In a feature we just started last week, we wanted to take a closer look at where in the world readers are logging in to read about Carson Valley, Nevada.

While the CVT is hyper-local in focus, the Valley is of interest to individuals around the world. To date, readers from 126 of the 212 countries and territories with internet access around the world have logged on to the CVT.

We’ve decided to present a grade-school-style geography report (With a lot of help from Wikipedia) on one of these countries every week. Rockapella, unfortunately, was unavailable to record a theme song for us. But we still have high hopes!

Up this week:

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Maybe it’s the skiing, or maybe there is significant family or friends in the area, but of all the countries in the world, Norway ranks third behind the U.S. and Canada in CVT readers.

Where in the world is CVT being read today? Norway, or officially, the Kingdom of Norway

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Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Where is it? Europe, along the western border of Sweden and sharing borders with Finland and Russia.

Population: 5.1 Million

Size: 148,718 square miles, or roughly the size of Montana

Official Languages: Norweigian and Sami

Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy (similar to the United Kingdom with a monarch and a prime minister).

A view to Djupfjorden in Moskenesøya towards northwest, Lofoten, Nordland, Norway in 2010 September. Photo by Simo Räsänen
A view to Djupfjorden in Moskenesøya towards northwest, Lofoten, Nordland, Norway in 2010 September. Photo by Simo Räsänen

Climate: Varied depending on location: Milder winters to the southwest, cold weather and a lot of snow in the lowlands.

Economy: Exporting oil and gas accounts for more than 20 percent of the GDP. Norway is the fifth-largest oil exporter in the world and third-largest gas exporter in the world. The country is also the world’s second-largest exporter of fish (trailing China) and the sixth-largest arms exporter.

Did you know? In areas north of the Arctic Circle, the sun never completely sets from late May to late July. For the rest of the country, they receive up to 20 hours of daylight per day during that span. From late November to late January, the sun never rises above the horizon in the north, and the days are significantly shortened in the rest of the country.

snow treasurePop Culture: The country hosted the 1952 and 1994 Winter Olympics, as well as film crews for ‘Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,’ serving as the backdrop for scenes on The Ice Planet Hoth. And how many of us read “Snow Treasure” in grade school? Published originally in 1942, the “Based on a true story” tale of Norweigian children using their sleds to smuggle gold bullion past German guards in World War II captured the third-grade imagination. But the story’s historical veracity has come under fire many times in the years since.

 

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