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Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a country in Northern Europe with a population of slightly more than five million. Its official language is Norwegian and its capital and largest city is Oslo.

Norway's history can be traced back to the Viking age (8-11th century), when Scandinavians traveled abroad on longships as raiders, explorers, settlers and traders. The Norwegian kingdom was established in the mid 11th century, but started declining around 1349 when the Black Death spread there and killed much of the population. Norway subsequently entered unions with Denmark and Sweden in the 14-15th century and 19th century respectively. Norway remained neutral during World War I, and claimed neutrality again in World War II but was still occupied by Nazi Germany from 1940 to 1945.

Norway is currently ruled by a constitutional monarchy, with King Harald V as the head of state and the Prime Minister as the head of government. It is a member of the United Nations, NATO and other regional and international organizations. It is a highly developed country with high standards of healthcare, education and social security.

Spanking in Norway[edit]

"Parish schoolmaster", drawing by Bayard Taylor (c. 1856).

Norway was the third country in the world (after Sweden and Finland) to ban the spanking of children in 1987.

Norwegian spanking art[edit]

F/M birching drawing by Andreas Bloch (1905).

The drawing to the left, by Bayard Taylor, shows a parish schoolmaster holding a schoolboy by the hair while he strikes him with a switch. The scene probably takes place in Norway which the artist traveled through in 1856 and 1857.

The illustration to the right is an example of spanking art by the Norwegian artist Andreas Bloch (1860-1917). Edvarda Aslaksen Braanaas is a modern Norwegian artist who has made a spanking drawing.

A Norwegian movie that features a spanking scene is Little Ida (Liten Ida).

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