Norway Introduction - 2002
SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
Despite its neutrality, Norway was not able to avoid occupation by Germany in World War II. In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. The current focus is on containing spending on the extensive welfare system and planning for the time when petroleum reserves are depleted. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU.
NOTE: The information regarding Norway on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Norway Introduction 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Norway Introduction 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.