Norway is one of my favorite places (check out Traveling) and a country I cannot wait to visit. Aurora Mohn, a native born Norwegian and social media/blogging sensation, is what brought my attention to this exceptional country. Norway is the second least densely populated country in Europe. It has a comprehensive social security system along with universal healthcare and free public education. The World Bank and IMF list Norway as fourth-highest country for per capita income. It is the world’s largest producer of natural gas and oil outside of the Middle East. From 2001-2006 and again from 2009-2012, Norway had the Highest Human Development Index ranking in the world. Over the last five years, it has been number one on the Legatum Prosperity Index. For 2013. OECD ranked Norway as fourth for equalized Better Life Index. On the Democracy Index for 2010-2012, it was classified as the most democratic. Norway runs on a parliamentary system of government and is a unitary constitutional monarchy. Norway was the first country in Europe to draft women and men. It is the second wealthiest country in the world. It has one of the highest average hourly wages globally. Norway supports women’s rights, LGBT rights, and minority rights. Norway holds the annual Oslo Freedom Forum conference to promote human rights. Films like Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and The Golden Compass have scenes in Norway. It has a strong folk music tradition along with a large jazz scene, a big culture export of black metal music, and the country enjoy many music festivals throughout the year. Leif Ove Andsnes is a world famous pianists from Norway. Knut Hamsun and Henrik Ibsen are well-known literary figures from Norway. The Urnes Salve Church is a popular tourist visit, also known as a World Heritage Site. The Nidaros Cathedral is another favored place. Edvard Munch, known for his painting The Scream, is from Norway. Cross-country skiing, biathlon, and soccer are the most popular Norwegian sports. There are traditional type of Norwegian clothing called Bunad and Setesdalsbunad.
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Started in 2003 by Stefan Dahlquist, Peder Børresen, and Simen Staalnacke, this Norwegian clothing brand is slowly rising. It was featured in July of 2009 in Cliché Magazine. Their creative and edgy styles sport the slogan “Happy Clothes for Happy People.” Moods of Norway is the official designer for the 2014 Norwegian Olympic Sports team’s uniforms. Along with stores in Norway, this company has stores in Japan, Iceland, and the United States. The brand produces menswear, womenswear, and accessories.
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This creative and energetic Norwegian fashion designer is known for her crazy and eccentric style of clothing for women and children. After studying in Oslo and London, her designs have grown into successful and sought after. Celebrities like Lily Allen, Jessie J, Marina and The Diamonds, Beyonce, Tyra Banks, and Lady Gaga have had Fam Irvoll design clothes for them. She has worked as an assistant for Vivienne Westwood and her first solo show was featured during the 2012 February London Fashion Week.
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The environment projection is number one for Norwegian clothing company Green Square. Before ordering, commitment from a customer is required. The headquarter is in Norway and it was established in 2007. Natural, organic, and environmental friendly is how the company runs. The brand produces menswear and womenswear.
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Born in Norway, Gunhild Nygaard was able to become a fashion designer and create her own line. She attended the fashion school in Paris, France called Esmod. She worked for both Givenchy and Christian Dior. Her first solo collection was presented in 2007. The Major of Paris presented her with award Créateur de l’Année in 2009. The clothing are produced in France. They are sold in countries like Canada, Japan, Turkey and Norway.