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The City of Oslo and the Bay Oslofjord, Norway

59.9N 10.7E

October 9th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Norway - September 29th, 2009

Norway - September 29th, 2009

The Oslofjord is a bay in the southeast of Norway, stretching from an imaginary line between the Torbjørnskjær and Færder lighthouses and down to Langesund in the south to the city of Oslo in the north.

In spite of its name, it is not, geologically speaking, a fjord, but rather a bay. The bay is divided into the inner (indre) and outer (ytre) Oslofjord at the point of the 17 km long and narrow Drøbaksundet.

The entire population situated around the Oslofjord including Oslo is about 1.7 million, and the total population of all the counties situated around the fjord is approximately 2 million.

Southern Coast of Norway

59.9N 10.7E

May 23rd, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Snapshots

Norway - May 12th, 2009

Norway - May 12th, 2009

Norway comprises the western part of Scandinavia in Northern Europe. The rugged coastline, broken by huge fjords and thousands of islands, stretches over 2,500 km and over 83,000 km including the fjords and islands.

Here, the southern part of the country is visible, bordered by the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea, and Skagerak to the west and south.

Due to the Gulf Stream and prevailing westerlies, Norway experiences warmer temperatures and more precipitation than expected at such northern latitudes, especially along the coast.

The southern and western parts of Norway experience more precipitation, and have milder winters than the south-eastern part.

The lowlands around the capital Oslo (partially covered by clouds, far right center) have the warmest and sunniest summers, but also cold weather and snow in wintertime (especially inland).

However, average temperatures have risen the last decades, decreasing the amount of days with snow cover in the lowlands.