|Seventh Day Christians – Norway|
Syvende dags Kristne
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 was to last for 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. 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.
Bærum - Norway on a small scale
It is often said that Bærum is Norway in miniature. Here, examples of most of Norway's varied nature can be found.
The municipality enjoys a sheltered position, protected from the north and open towards the sun an the sea to the south. We have it all: the fjord with its spell-binding islands and small island communities, wide, open verdant valleys, cultivated land, rolling landscapes, challenging rock faces and dense woodland. In short, an ideal place to seek peace and quiet, but at the other extreme - also a place to enjoy a bustling town life.
Bærum covers an area of 191.3 square kilometers and
borders on Norway's capital to the east. An idyllic coastline stretching
from Oslo to Asker, forms the municipality's southern boundary. The
border with Asker, further inland to the southwest, is characterized by
steep hills. To the northwest, beyond Sollihøgda lies the Municipality
of Hole in Ringerike
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