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Norway – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaNorway has extensive reserves of petroleum, natural gas, minerals, lumber, seafood, fresh water, and hydropower. The country has the fourth-highest per capita income in the world. On a per-capita basis, it is the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas outside the Middle East, and the petroleum industry accounts for around a quarter of the country’s gross domestic product. The country maintains a welfare model with universal health care, subsidised higher education, and a comprehensive social security system. From 2001 to 2006, and then again from 2009 to 2011, Norway has had the highest human development index ranking in the world. In 2011, Norway also had the highest ranking on the Democracy Index and the Legatum Prosperity Index. Forbes rank Norway #4 in their list The World’s richest countries, which compares countries by GDP. Norway was the first independent country to introduce women’s suffrage in 1913.

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