The current Norwegian kingdom is a young nation with a long history, reaching back to the Vikings. The Norwegians have managed to uphold their strong cultural traditions throughout the years. The traditional costume, the "bunads", is proudly worn at weddings, baptisms or the national holiday (17th May). The Sami, the indigenous Norwegians, form a minority and live in northern Norway. The country has also been home to famous painters such as Edvard Munch and authors such as Hendrik Ibsen. The capital, Oslo, is located in the south-west and offers numerous sights, e.g. the fortress Akershus, the town hall (where the annual Nobel Peace Prize is awarded) or the famous shopping mile "Karl Johans Gate", where the royal palace is also located. Additionally, various museums such as the National Gallery, a holocaust museum or the Edvard Munch Museum can be visited.
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