Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Updated: February 21, 4:11 PM ET
Salomon Freeski TV: Norway
A ski-centric travel piece can only go so far. It's hard to smash in a lot of cultural information when the audience wants hardcore ski action. But for Freeski TV's third episode of the season, called This is Norway, the thread of Norway's skiing heritage and the uniquely stunning surroundings of Norway tightly binds the ski action.
But to take the cultural travel piece a notch further, I've cataloged some interesting facts about Norway for you. That way when you talk about this episode with your friends who didn't watch it on ESPN.com, you can out trivia them.
- Norway is regarded as the birthplace of modern skiing. The word "ski" is Norwegian and simply means "piece of wood" or "cleft piece of wood."
- Food stores in Norway are not allowed to stay open on Sundays, but petrol stations and kiosks selling groceries are.
- Norway was once rated the most peaceful country in the world.
- The paper clip was invented by a Norwegian inventor called Johan Vaaler in 1899.
- Norway has almost 22,000 kilometers of coastline. That's more than half the circumference of the earth.
- Hydropower accounts for 99 percent of the electricity generated in Norway.
- In size, Norway is comparable to Montana, and it is the sixth largest country in Europe.
- In Norway, there's a saying that goes, "There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing."