Norway and Sweden - June 29th, 2009
Situated in Northern Europe, Sweden (right) lies west of the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia, providing a long coastline, and forms the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula.
To the west is the Scandinavian mountain chain (Skanderna), a range that separates Sweden from Norway. Here, this chain of peaks is capped by snow.
Norway comprises the western part of Scandinavia in Northern Europe, and shares a 2,542 km land border with Sweden.
To the west and south, Norway is bordered by the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea, and Skagerak. The Barents Sea washes on Norway’s northern coasts.
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, a large convective cell looms near the northwestern coast of Norway, while, below, wispy remnants of condensation trails from airplanes hang over southern Norway and Sweden.