Once home to its legendary, ferocious and feared Vikings, modern Norway is a peaceful and modern Scandinavian country, with picturesque communities scattered throughout pristine, forest-covered landscapes. Its official language, Norwegian, is a northern Germanic language, very closely related to Danish and Swedish. In fact, people from these countries generally have no problems understanding each other.
Besides its impressive mountain ranges and long, fjord-serrated coastline, Norway is also home to spectacular natural phenomena like its midnight sun, polar nights and Northern Lights. Just like its Scandinavian neighbours, for an average of two weeks each season, Norway experiences the midnight sun in summer and polar nights in winter.
So, it is of no surprise that the relationship Norwegians have with nature forms a vital part of their national identity. Most schools organise compulsory ski days and material produced about Norway often depicts its natural beauty rather than its cultural sights or celebrations.
Naturally, what better way to discover Norway and its warm-hearted people than by experiencing it first-hand during your student exchange program with WEP.