Oslo

Oslo

[oz-loh, os-; Norwegian oos-loo]
Formerly Christiania.
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Norway

[nawr-wey]
noun
Norwegian Norge. a kingdom in N Europe, in the W part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. 124,555 sq. mi. (322,597 sq. km). Capital: Oslo.
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Norway (ˈnɔːˌweɪ)
 
n
Norwegian name: Norge a kingdom in NW Europe, occupying the W part of the Scandinavian peninsula: first united in the Viking age (800--1050); under the rule of Denmark (1523--1814) and Sweden (1814--1905); became an independent monarchy in 1905. Its coastline is deeply indented by fjords and fringed with islands, rising inland to plateaus and mountains. Norway has a large fishing fleet and its merchant navy is among the world's largest. Official language: Norwegian. Official religion: Evangelical Lutheran. Currency: krone. Capital: Oslo. Pop: 4 552 000 (2004 est). Area: 323 878 sq km (125 050 sq miles)

Oslo (ˈɒzləʊ, Norwegian ˈuslu)
 
n
Christiania, Former name: Kristiania the capital and chief port of Norway, in the southeast at the head of Oslo Fjord (an inlet of the Skagerrak): founded in about 1050; university (1811); a major commercial and industrial centre, producing about a quarter of Norway's total output. Pop: 521 886 (2004 est)

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Norway
O.E. Norweg, Norþweg from O.N. Norvegr "north way," contrasted with suthrvegar "south way," i.e. Germany, and austrvegr "east way," the Baltic lands. Norwegian (1607) is from M.L. Norvegia, with the -w- from Norway.
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Norway definition


Constitutional monarchy in northern Europe, located in western Scandinavia. Its capital and largest city is Oslo.

Note: Norway was occupied by German troops in World War II.
Note: Though traditionally neutral, Norway became a member of NATO in 1949. One of its chief industries is oil production from the North Sea.

Oslo definition


Capital of Norway and largest city in the country, located at the head of a fjord on Norway's southern coast; Norway's main port and chief commercial, industrial, and transportation center.

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