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At present Norway occupies one of the leading places in the welfare statistics of the United Nations. But it was not always so. The population upsurge that took place in this agrarian country in the 19th century resulted in a lack of agricultural lands that entailed the migration of the population. Many Norwegians made the difficult decision to leave their motherland in search of a better life in Canada and the United States of America. Approximately 680,000 Norwegians left the country in the period 1825‒1910 and in 1900 the population of the country numbered 2,240,000. To understand the scale of Norwegian immigration, it is sufficient to present other statistical data. From the census data of 2009, 1.5% of the whole white population of the US registered themselves as the descendants of Norwegian immigrants. In 2010, the 185th anniversary of the beginning of the mass Norwegian immigration to the US was observed and at the same time the Norwegian language and traditions were honored in many corners of the American continent.

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