Thanks Beth, for helping my self esteem after doing all the mistakes on the map!
Since I have been looking at the US map lately, maybe I should promote Norway a bit and show where it is
I have chatted with many americans through the years, and no one knew where it was, and only half of them even that Norway was in Europe. Maybe not that strange since we have only 4.4 million people here, just the half of New York city! It is cold in the winter (good for skiing), but very nice in the summer (look at the webcam from the Geiranger fjord at my signature). The Vikings used to live here, and fighted and robbed, and did many other things I'm not proud of. And we also believe that the Viking Leif Erikson was the first to discover America (after the ones living there of course
long before Columbus. Norwegians have invented the spray can, and the outside hanging motors on small boats (don't know what that is called in English). But my wife which comes from a very small place here in Norway are most proud of the invention of the binders, used in every office to hold papers together, invented by a local man where she lives. Trygve Lie was the first Secretary-General in the UN, and Norway used to be the only NATO country with a border to the Soviet Union (my father served in the army at the border line at the Cuban Crisis by the way, couldn't go for a pee without permission). Norwegians are very proud of its country, some would say too much. We are proud of having an "equal" sociaty with free school and medical service, and where women are getting more and more into important positions. Our first female prime minister served from the early eighties, and is now the head of the World health organization in the UN. We are known to be hard to get to know, and do not talk to strangers (wouldn't dream of talking to someone on the bus), but if you have finally got a friend here, you've got one for the rest of your life. We love our brown cheese (which foreigners hate and we eat more than anything else on bread). We would have been a very poor country unless we found increadibly large amounts of oil in the North Sea in the early 70s. Hitler wanted the iron from sweeden which could only be transported through Norway, and used large troops to get and hold Norway through the second world war. Norwegian saboteurs, blew up the plant at Rjukan, producing heavy water which is used to make atomic bombs, an important step in stopping the German atomic program. The sabotage has by many british (including Chrurchill) and many americans been called the most successfull sabotage in the entire war. No life was lost on either side, and the plant was a wreck. We had the winter olympics in 1952 and 1994. Hunters in Norway hunts large amounts of Moose each year, and our killing of whales are a good way of loosing tourism. Roald Amundsen was the first to reach the South Pole. We watch a lot of american movies and TV series, and reads a lot of english books at the University. All kids learn english from they are 10 years, and almost all people in Norway understands english well, but we are not good at talking and writing english since we don't do that very often.
If some of you are still reading:
Remember Norway as the long slim country furthest north in Europe with a very long coast line to the atlantic. Here is a map:http://heim.ifi.uio.no/~eivindm/diverse/beebbs/norway.gif