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Study in Norway

Norway is well known for its mountains, fjord coastline, sea-faring history, unique coastal life, midnight sunlight during the summer months, brilliant Winter Olympics performance and, of course, its higher education. Norway's highest ranking university, the University of Oslo, features in the top 100 of the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings® – great news if you want to study in Norway.

Due in part to its offshore oil and gas deposits, Norway has the fourth-highest per capita income in the world and one of the highest standards of living. Norway is a member of many international organizations, including the UN, NATO, the Council of Europe and the Nordic Council, the WTO and the OECD. It’s also a part of the Schengen Area, and maintains close ties with the US and the European Union (EU), despite rejecting full EU membership.

Norway is also renowned for contributions to art and culture – it is, after all, the homeland of hugely influential figures such as playwright Henrik Ibsen and painter Edvard Munch (creator of The Scream, one of the most recognizable paintings in the world). While Norway retains much of its old architecture (of particular note are its stave churches from the Middle Ages), Norway is also distinctive in its innovations in contemporary design and architecture, and for being a world leader in research and development.

Norway’s natural offerings include its renowned fjords – Geirangerfjord in the Sunnmøre region is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sognefjord is the longest and the Hardangerfjord is the second-largest and one of the most visited. Another major source of tourism to Norway is the stunning natural Arctic Circle phenomena known as aurora borealis (or the northern lights), which can be easily seen from Norway. If all that appeals but you’re worried about losing a digit in the freezing cold, worry no more! The warm Gulf Stream means Norway isn’t actually as cold as you might imagine. With coastal areas being relatively mild and average winter temperatures rarely dipping below -4oC (24.8oF) in capital city Oslo, one can venture around comfortably (in layers, yes, but without turning blue).

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