1. The magical Kingdom of Arendelle in "Frozen" was based on Norway.
After scouting numerous Nordic locations, Frozen's art director, Mike Giaimo said of choosing Norway, "It feels like a world from a classic Disney film, but it’s completely new.”
2. Norway knighted a penguin.
3. Norway is officially known as The Kingdom of Norway. No joke.
Yes, just like the The Magic Kingdom.
4. Trolls are so important in Norwegian folklore, there are numerous towns named after them.
5. Half of the schools and homes in Norway's capital are heated by burning garbage to generate electricity.
It's eco-friendly, and Oslo predicts they'll be able to cut their city's carbon dioxide emissions in half within 20 years.
6. Norwegians are so efficient with their waste, they have to import trash from other countries.
7. Norwegian citizens don't have to pay college tuition.
8. Norway's government hired an in-house philosopher to ensure the country's money is being used morally.
9. The last peacetime execution in Norway happened in 1876.
10. In Tromsø, Norway, you can actually chase the Northern Lights.
11. And actually climb a glacier.
12. During the summer months, the sun literally does not set.
13. So you can run a marathon at midnight, in broad daylight.
14. Or reserve a midnight tee time.
15. Norway is home to the most regal Ruff, a small bird that looks like a tiny Queen Elizabeth I.