Norway is located on the Scandinavian peninsula in northern Europe. Norway is west of Sweden, and also shares borders with Finland and Russia. The country has a coastline along the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea. Although Norway is very far north, warm waters from the Gulf Stream that travel up to the surrounding area help keep Norway's temperature relatively mild.


Population: 5 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Norwegian (94.4%) (includes Sami, about 60,000), other European (3.6%), other (2%)
Languages: Bokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities
Religions: Church of Norway (Evangelical Lutheran - official) (82.1%), other Christian (3.9%), Muslim (2.3%), Roman Catholic (1.8%), other (2.4%), unspecified (7.5%)


Norwegian Population:
In Canada: 452,705
In the GTA: 15,640
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
City of Toronto, Newmarket, Halton Hills,Milton, Mississauga, Oakville, Richmond Hill, Caledon, King, Aurora

Norway, which was once a union with Sweden, became independent in 1905. Today, Norway is a very rich country. The quality of life is very high, and life expectancy is over 80 years. The Lutheran Church is the official state church, and the vast majority of the population are members. The influence of Christianity is easily seen in Norway. For example, Christmas and Christmas Eve are widely celebrated. All Saints' Day is as well, and religious holidays include Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter), Good Friday, Easter, and Ascension Day. There is complete religious freedom for all.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA


Norwegian Club of Toronto
Toronto, ON


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