Re: Norwegian History
> At the turn of the Twentieth Century Norway as a country was dying.
I don't understand why the quoted post has so many downvotes. It is true that Norway was a very poor country at the turn of the 20th century, as any Norwegian will be happy to tell you or as you can read on any Norwegian history book. It is also true that North Sea oil fundamentally turned around their fortunes (helped by hard work, good planning and strong social ethics, obviously).
One thing: at about six million people, the country is almost depopulated by European standards, especially the Northeast. Which is what makes it such a great place for hiking and ski touring trips.