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Norway Geographical Information

Norway lies in the western half of the Peninsula of Scandinavia, flanked by Sweden, Finland and Russia to the east and by the North Sea on the west. On the south lies the Skager Strait, and to the north is the Barents Sea. The country has a heavily indented coastline, with a large number of fjords and inlets besides some 50,000 odd islands and small isles. The terrain of the country is on the whole, rugged with almost 500 sq km inside the Arctic Circle, and nearly two-thirds of the land being mountainous. The inland alpine areas are pretty harsh, with a number of vast glaciers.

Despite the fact that a lot of Norway’s natural vegetation has fallen prey to urbanisation, a lot of it- nearly 27%- remains intact, although acid rain has started to effect most forests. Among the main plant and tree species are conifers, and to the north, lichens, mosses and lower plants. The fauna which still survives includes rodents such as lemmings, reindeer, wolves, and birds. The coastal waters around Norway abound in a widely varied marine life, including whales and seals.


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