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Kingdom of Norway
King Harald V (1991)
125,181 sq mi
(324,220 sq km)
(mid-2005 est.): 4,593,041
(average annual growth rate: 0.3%);
birth rate: 12.6/1000;
infant mortality rate: 3.9/1000;
density per sq mi: 36
and largest city (1995):
Bergen, 221,717; Trondheim, 142,927;
Two official forms of Norwegian: Bokm�l and Nynorsk
Germanic (Nordic, Alpine, Baltic),
Evangelical Lutheran 87.8% (state church),
other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3.8%,
Despite its neutrality, Norway was not able to avoid occupation
by Germany in World War II. In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway
became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters
in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. The current focus
is on containing spending on the extensive welfare system and planning
for the time when petroleum reserves are depleted. In referenda held
in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU.
21,925 km (includes mainland 3,419 km, large islands 2,413 km, long
fjords, numerous small islands, and minor indentations 16,093 km)
about two-thirds mountains; some 50,000 islands off its much indented
coastline; strategic location adjacent to sea lanes and air routes in
North Atlantic; one of most rugged and longest coastlines in world;
Norway is the only NATO member having a land boundary with Russia.
on just outside of our capital, Oslo (500.000 inh))
We startet in 1995, and we post 137 letters 5-6 times a year about comming
activity (there are some more members though because some co-habitants
and spouces also are members).
There are 15 000 people in this community but I think we are a well
knitted, and close to each other, "Everybody knows who everybody is".
We, the members, shop for 25.000 kroner a year ($2000), where one houres
work is paid $10. Children cloths, help with in the house at parties,
moving or decoration, and different courses, are the top three. 3-4
times a year we arrange markeds for all people in our community to come
At the time these are the glue that hold it toghether; they are very
populare. We also have a central for members to leave and find childrens
There are 6 areas in our community; the idea is that one can contact
a "close" member before a "long distance" member.
*** Accommodation in NORWAY ***
and my family travel a lot and would be very interested both in giving
people a stay over here in Norway and to meet others when travelling.
A central webplace as you describe it would be very interesting to use
for such activity!
Trondheim byttering (Trondheim LETS)
Mobile: +47 90783674
We also have a web-based "account office" where participators of our
LETS can announce things and services and where they can do online payments
(in our local LETS-currency) for their LETS tradings. Unfortunately
our web program is not working at the moment, and is only in Norwegian.
Our LETS being the oldest active in Norway (since 1994) is also the
largest with more than 200 members. We communicate our ads in the quarterly
newsletter "Byttenytt". Yearly turnover: 2001: 20,000 gryn.
2002: 35,000 gryn. 2003: 60,000 gryn (gryn being our currency, 1 gryn
= 1 krone). Probably James Taris' LETS presentation
of October 2002 has something to do with the increase in turnover...
Ås is situated 35 km south of Oslo and is otherwise best known
for housing the Agricultural University of Norway (Norges Landbrukshøgskole).
Lysevegen 125, 5620 Tørvikbygd
Contact person: Ida-Sofie Solberg Stryken
(Trondheim - there are 2 i Trondheim)