At Norway’s maximum-security Halden Prison, prisoners are paid 53 kroner ($9) per day to leave their cells, which are equipped with a video game console, mini-fridge, and a window with no bars. Guard stations are tiny and cramped to encourage them to interact with the prisoners.
In 2011, a 134-hour documentary showing a cruise ship on its voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes was transmitted live and non-stop on Norwegian television. Approximately half the population of Norway tuned in to watch.
In Norway Easter is known for “Påskekrim” (Easter Crime), when just about everyone in Norway reads crime novels, television and radio stations run crime serials, and newspapers publish special crime related literary supplements.
The Norwegian Archipelago of Svalbard is an entirely Visa-free zone. Anybody can live and work in Svalbard indefinitely regardless of country of citizenship.
Uniquely, the Norwegian special territory of Svalbard is an entirely visa-free zone. No person is required visa or residence permit, and anyone may live and work in Svalbard indefinitely, regardless of citizenship.
In Norway they publish their citizen’s annual tax returns online. If you accesses someone’s tax return, that person will receive a notification that someone’s checking on him.
Norway started building a “highway for bees” in 2015. The bee-friendly corridor in Oslo passes through places where bees like to both live and feed, and features feeding stations.
Reindeer herds being raised for meat in Norway still need to be tested for radioactivity due to fallout from the Chernobyl disaster. Reindeer that are too radioactive to eat are released into the wild.
Frozen pizza is so popular in Norway that when a popular brand released a new jingle, it reached #1 on the Norwegian charts.