How Norway Got Rich Against All Odds Before Oil

This thinly populated, partially subarctic and barren country got rich long before oil was discovered. How on Earth did that happen?

Ålesund, a northern city in Norway.

Explaining Norwegian prosperity is easy, right? First they were a poor backwater and then they hit the jackpot in the North Sea and got rich beyond their wildest…



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Erik Engheim

Erik Engheim


Geek dad, living in Oslo, Norway with passion for UX, Julia programming, science, teaching, reading and writing.