Norway by Erin Hogan Fouberg, Edward Patrick Hogan

By Erin Hogan Fouberg, Edward Patrick Hogan

An advent to the geography, background, economic climate, executive, politics, and tradition of Norway, an old kingdom situated on the northwestern fringe of the eu continent

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Sweden gave up, and the Kingdom of Norway was reborn. INDEPENDENCE AND TROUBLED TIMES After gaining independence in 1905, Norway’s Storting sought to build a strong foundation for an independent Norway. One of its first acts was to invite Danish prince Carl to become King Haakon VII of Norway. King Haakon VII ruled from 1905 to 1957. Although he was often referred to as the Happy King because of his impressive smile, he also was a man of action. q 8/4/03 1:27 PM Page 46 46 Norway He was responsible for keeping Norway neutral during World War I and stood up to Nazi demands during World War II, refusing to abdicate the throne.

A variety of evidence, including tools, glass, and Latin lettering, indicates contact also occurred with the Roman world. Roman and Greek maps from the time often included an island north of Denmark, Thule. Relative knowledge of Norway existed, but knowledge of the absolute location, size, and shape of Norway and Sweden was lacking. Knowledge and use of bronze and iron instruments extended both inland and along the coast to north of the Arctic Circle. During this period, the first runic inscriptions (based on an early Germanic alphabet) began appearing on freestanding rocks, stones, and gravestones.

And is now displayed in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. Such ships sailed the rivers of Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, and sailed west to Iceland and Greenland. D. cities in their path. They also introduced urban life to the Irish with the establishment of urban forts and trading communities at Dublin, Galway, and other cities. D. Monasteries there built the famous round towers that dot the Irish countryside as treasure houses designed to be safe from Viking attack. q 8/4/03 1:27 PM Page 39 Culture History warriors took what they wanted, including people, who were kept or traded as slaves.

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