Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway. The city was founded around 1048 by King Harald III of Norway. Oslo is the centre of Norwegian trade, banking, industry, and shipping. Oslo Harbour is the largest, as well as the busiest, in the country. The metropolitan area of Oslo has a population of around 1.4 million. Oslo is basically built in a horseshoe shape on the shores of the Oslofjord and limited in most directions by hills and forests.
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Moss is a coastal town and a municipality in Østfold county, Norway. Archeological finds suggest that there were settlements in the area more than 7,000 years ago and continuously through the Iron Age, Viking Age, through to modern times. Moss city has 40,217 inhabitants (2007).
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Son is located at the Oslofjord, 50 kilometres south of Oslo, just north of Moss. Son has (including Store Brevik) 5035 inabitants (2006). In the Renaissance era, Son became famous as a harbour. Timber came from the nearby areas and was partially floated down the river. Later, Son became known as a town of many painters and artists, and many well known painters and writers have resided in the town.


Norway (Norge), officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a country in Northern Europe occupying the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Norway's extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea, is home to its famous fjords.

Norway was inhabited since at least 10,000 BC, and was unified according to tradition by Harald Fairhair (Harald Hårfagre) in 872 AD after the Battle of Hafrsfjord. The Viking age, 8-11th centuries AD, was characterized by expansion and emigration. Many Norwegians left the country to live in Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and parts of Britain and Ireland.

The rugged coastline, broken by huge fjords and thousands of islands, stretches over 2,500 km and over 83,000 km including the fjords and islands. much of the country is dominated by mountainous or high terrain, with a great variety of natural features caused by prehistoric glaciers and varied topography. The most noticeable of these are the fjords: deep grooves cut into the land flooded by the sea following the end of the Ice Age.

Due to the Gulf Stream and prevailing westerlies, Norway experiences warmer temperatures and more precipitation than expected at such northern latitudes, especially along the coast. The mainland experiences four distinct seasons, with colder winters and less precipitation inland. The northernmost part has a mostly maritime Subarctic climate, while Svalbard has an Arctic tundra climate.

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