A journey into Norway’s enchanted fairy world, from Asbjorsen’s fairy tales to Ibsen’s theater, to the world of Sofia
It is a magical world that of Norway, a portion of land that develops from north to south along the western edge of the Scandinavian Peninsula, and precisely from the North Cape, the northern end of the European continent, to the coasts of the Skagerrak. Among its territories in the extreme North of Europe the archipelago of Svalbard and the island of Jan Mayen, in the southern regions the Bouvet islands and Peter I, as well as the Land of Queen Maud, a vast sector of Antarctica.
Land of conquest, the history of the Scandinavian country, tells us that already from the earliest age the people were dedicated above all to navigation and trade, some rock engravings dating back to the Bronze Age depict signs of the passage of the typical Viking ships, sailors raiders, with whom Norway made the official entry into Europe. Certain moments of great agitation are certainly not lacking. Throughout the 9th century Norway was the scene of conflicts and cession of territories, with a more than justified migration of the populations; only with the abolition by Great Britain (1849) of the Navigation Act did Norway’s maritime activity suddenly increase and the increased prosperity of agriculture contributed to increasing well-being.