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The official country name in conventional long form is the Kingdom of Norway Norge is the local short form The capital of Norway is Oslo Norway is situated far to the north in the western corner of Europe bordering the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean Norway shares borders with Sweden Finland and Russia The Kingdom of Norway in addition to the mainland includes the Svalbard archipelago and Jan Mayen Norway also has territories in the Antarctic region These are Bouvet Island and Peter I Island The size of Norway is slightly larger that New Mexico The geographical conditions do not favor internal communication in Norway The terrain is two-thirds mountains and there are nearly 50000 islands off its coastline High mountains glaciers with high plateaus deep fjords and arctic tundra in the north make communication difficult wwwodcigovNorways natural resources include petroleum copper natural gas pyrites nickel iron ore zinc lead fish timber and hydropower Current environmental issues include water pollution acid rain damaging forests and adversely affecting lakes threatening fish stocks air pollution from vehicle emissions wwwodcigovNorway has a population of 4438537 with a growth rate of 4 recorded in July 1999 wwwssbno The life expectancy at birth of the total population is 7836 years This statistic is broken down by gender and the life expectancy at birth for females is 8135 years and 7555 years for male est in 1999 The estimated total fertility rate in 1999 is 177 children born per woman The infant mortality rate is 496 deaths per 1000 live births 1999 est wwwadindepno Ethnic groups include Germanic Nordic Alpine Baltic Lapps Sami wwwodcigov The major religions are Evangelical Lutheran 878 state church other Protestant and Roman Catholic 38 none 32 unknown 52 1980 Ostbye 1992 The official language is Norwegian and there are small Lapp and Finnish-speaking minorities Literacy rates are defined in the population of age 15 and over that can read and write The total population
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