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1 Peace Research Institute Oslo Little land, big questions A researcher in Norway J. Peter Burgess

2 Peace Research Institute Oslo

3 Factsheet Norway Life in Norway Norway as research nation Life of a researcher in Norway

4 Peace Research Institute Oslo Factsheet Norway Geography Population: Area: 149,000 square miles ( New Mexico) Length: 1,500 miles ( Vancouver-San Diego) Coastline: 16,000 miles Population density: 35 people per square mile Land borders: Sweden, Finland, Russia Sea Borders: Barents Sea, North Sea, Norwegian Sea

5 Peace Research Institute Oslo Factsheet Norway Historically: Northern-Germanic At least 1 Norwegian parent: 87% Immigrant or born in Norway of immigrants: 13% Europe: 49% Asia: 34% Africa: 13% South & Central America: 3% North America: 2% Ethnicity

6 Peace Research Institute Oslo Political system: Constitutional monarchy Constitution day: 15 May 1814 Monarch: King Harald V Current government: Center-left coalition, (Labor Party) Party landscape: Seven major parties GDP (2011): $484 trillion Per capita reserves: $114,000 (highest in the world) Resources: Petroleum, hydropower, fish NATO: Member EFTA: Member EEA: Member EU: Associated member Politics Factsheet Norway

7 Peace Research Institute Oslo Life in general Growing ethnic diversity: urbanisation Hourly productivity: High; short work days Welfare: 22%; Disability: 13% (highest in OECD) Local culture: Patriotic Dialects: Speak with pride District policy: Local identity, wealth production Transport: Strap-hanger airlines Sports: = Culture Nature: Nothing metaphysical! Life in Norway

8 Peace Research Institute Oslo Wage equality: Normalized Working hours: Informally enforced Cultural homogeneity: Shifting Weather: Dramatic Religion: Secular Christianity Sun worship: What are you doing indoors?! Aesthetics: Utilitarian Insiders outside view Life in Norway

9 Peace Research Institute Oslo 7 universities (Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Tromsø, Stavanger, Agder, Bodø) 25 university colleges Private colleges University sector Norway as research nation

10 Peace Research Institute Oslo Institute sector Strong institute sector International research collaboration Research focus: Social sciences Economics (Plan-economy tradition) Regional development (Regional identity) International affairs (Development, peace) Development studies (Brundtland report) Climate sciences (Brundtland report) Techno-industry Petroleum science (Oil and gas) Biology (Fisheries) Norway as research nation

11 Peace Research Institute Oslo Life as a researcher in Norway Strong research culture Community feeling Prioritized areas Life sciences Petroleum engineering Fishery Development Peace and conflict Societal security Support mechanisms Institutional Research Council EU information and guidance EU project development support Excellent infrastructure High salaries Good working conditions

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