Travel guides: Norway

Norway is, by any standards, one of the most beautiful countries on earth. It has the midnight sun, Nordkapp (the North Cape) - usually referred to as the northernmost point of Europe, spectacular fjords, high mountains, trolls, a beautiful coast, and tons of places to visit.
This page has references to and short reviews of good travel guides and books providing historical information about The Kingdom of Norway that improves understanding and appreciation of the country and its people for people wanting to travel there.
Some quick facts about Norway: Norway is a constitutional monarchy. Is has zero external debt, in one of the 2-4 richest countries in the world, low unemployment, has 42 weeks of full pay maternity leave for working parents, the population is 4.5 million, it ranks #1 on 2006 UNDP Human Development Index, and has a life expectancy of 82.46 years (women) and 77.04 years (men).
The main cities in Norway:
Oslo - the capital and largest city of Norway, with great museums, the Vigeland Park, a beautiful setting and lively nightlife and cultural scene.
Bergen - an old Hanseatic trading center with a rich culture and dramatic scenery, Norway's second largest city. Wonderfully cute wooden buildings, a magnificent mountain setting and tons of nightlife and atmosphere. The city has been dubbed "the rainiest city in Europe" with an average of 250 days of rainfall a year. Bring an umbrella.
Bodø - The gateway to the magnificent Lofoten islands. And the place of Saltstraumen, the world's strongest maelstrom.
Drammen - an enjoyable side trip from Oslo.
Kristiansand - The jolly and beautiful capital of the South.
Stavanger - the oil capital of Norway. The wooden, cobbled central area is one of the most charming places in Norway. Home to one of Norway's medieval churches and Iron Age homes, stone age caves, and sites where the Viking kings fought. Stavanger is where Erik the Red was born.
Tromsø - A magnificent, modern cathedral (no polar bears) - beautiful.
Trondheim - Famous for its stunning old cathedral (Nidarosdomen). Wonderful riverside wharfs, wooden buildings.