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Counties in the Mix Posted by on Feb 28, 2020

Heisann og hoppsann! When Norwegians woke up after this year’s nyttårsfeiring (New Year celebrations), the map of the country had changed. (No, it wasn’t because of a collective champagne bakrus – hangover…) In the beginning of 2020, the number of Norwegian fylker (”counties”) officially went from 18 to 11, and a lot of people suddenly…

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Norwegian Regions Posted by on May 30, 2012

When the current Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, was picking members for his regjering (government), a journalist [shoornaLIST] asked him how he went about. The PM joked that he had to hit the right balance between ”kjønnsdeler og landsdeler” (gender parts and country parts). This demonstrates how important likestilling (equality) is in Norway: Ideally, half…

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Norwegian counties Posted by on May 27, 2010

Similar to the 50 states of the United States, Norway as et land (a country) is divided into 19 fylker (counties), or  politiske administrative regioner (take a guess-political administrative regions), which are further subdivided into a total of 431 kommuner (municipalities).  Prior to 1919 when these regioner were renamed fylker, they were called (singular) amt, ting, len, and syssel, all names…

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