Comparing United States to Norway

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If you lived in Norway instead of United States, you would:


LIVE 2 YEARS LONGER


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Norway  NORWAY (81.60 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Norway, the average life expectancy is 81.60.
Category: United States vs. Norway life expectancy

CONSUME 92.7% MORE ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Norway  NORWAY (23,486 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Norway, it is 23,486 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Norway electricity consumption

BE 83.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Norway  NORWAY (0.1% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Norway, that number is 0.1%.
Category: United States vs. Norway AIDS percentage

BE 59.8% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Norway  NORWAY (2.48 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Norway, on the other hand, there are a total of 2.48 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Norway infant mortality

BE 50.7% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Norway  NORWAY (3.6% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Norway 3.6% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Norway unemployment rate

HAVE 9.9% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Norway  NORWAY (12.09 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Norway, however, there are a total of 12.09 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Norway birth rate

SEE A 26.2% INCREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Norway  NORWAY (25,148km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Norway has a total of 25,148 km.
Category: United States vs. Norway coastline

At a Glance: Norway

  • Land Area: ~324 thousand sq km (United States is ~30 times bigger than Norway)
  • Population: ~5 million people (314 million more people live in United States)

How big is Norway compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Norway (323,802 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Norway

Norway is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 323,802 sq km. Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). 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. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country's extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).