Norway - in harmony with nature

Telecommunications in Norway is one of the most modern in the world. Because of the mountainous terrain and relatively small population, wireless technology is especially important there. Norwegians use about 2 million landline phones and as many as 5.2 million mobile phones.
In terms of Internet access Norway is the world leader with 86% of the population - for example the percentage in Germany is 67%. Taking into account broadband services, Norway occupies 10th place in the world, with the level of 27%. In Germany, access to broadband Internet have 21% citizens (source).
For December 2009 it is planned completion of the switchover from analog to digital TV. Currently digital terrestrial television in Norway uses DVB-T standard with H.264/ MPEG-4 AVC compression, however it will be finally changed to DVB-T2.
The largest and most well-known Norwegian telecommunications companies include Telenor - the operator offers its services in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Pakistan, and Tandberg - the company is known for videoconferencing systems and equipment in the field of digital television.

Norway has 4.7 million inhabitants. Its GDP per capita is 55,000 USD (for comparison: Czech Republic - 25,000 USD; Hungary - 19,500 USD; Poland - 17,500 USD).
The prosperity of the Norwegian economy is based mainly on energy, both fuels (third place in the world in gas export, seventh in crude oil) and renewable energy (hydropower).

(based on: The World Factbook 2009. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2009)
Geirangerfjord - the view from the Eagles Way (Ornevegen)
A waterfall on the Sognefjord (Sognefjorden)
Steep slopes of the Geiranger fjord (Geirangerfjorden)
On the Sognefjord
Briksdals Glacier
Unpolluted environment is a big advantage for the future. Fuels and electrical energy are not the only richness of Norway.
Between Oslo and Bergen
Bryggen in Bergen is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites
Ecological house
Norwegians never wanted to interfere much into the environment. Light wooden houses are one of the elements of this attitude.

Fjords, mountains and low population density make that wireless telecommunications is growing faster than cable-based systems.
Satellite broadcasts are the basic way of distributing TV channels.
LNBs are protected from heavy rainfall and snowfall.
The favorite color for facades is white (formerly used by richer owners) or red. Antennas are often the same color.
Cottages (hytte) or at least trailers allowing to camp in the nature are necessarily equipped with TV facilities.
Digital TV signals reach 98% of the area, thanks to TV transmitters built on mountain tops.
Viking boat in the museum in Oslo
Sailing on the Sognefjord
Majestic Queen Mary II is at berth on the Sognefjord
Former Viking boats; navigation and communication on modern ships sailing through fjords.
It is well known that malicious brownies tangle up horse manes and pee into fresh milk, but trolls, their Scandinavian relatives, went a step further - they are most likely responsible for enforcing beer prohibition after 20:00 (all beer stands must be closed).
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