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Oskar II abdicated the Norwegian throne shortly afterward. Since Norway needed a new king and didn’t have a royal family, it turned to Denmark for help. A prince by the name of Carl accepted the position as king of Norway and changed his name to Haakon VII. Since 1905, the three Scandinavian countries have had no serious disputes – so far. n Population Sweden Sweden has a population of about nine million people with a population density of 19 people per square km. Most of them live in urban areas.
Alcohol Limits The alcohol limit for driving in Sweden and Norway is 20 milligrams/100 ml blood; in Denmark, it’s 50 milligrams/100 ml blood. The police have the right to take alcohol tests by having drivers blow into a bag even if there is no suspicion of them being under the influence of alcohol. If you are above the limit when stopped by police, you could face jail time. Exceptions are not made for foreign citizens. Wild Animals There are many wild animals in northern Sweden and Norway, particularly elk, roe deer and reindeer.
Even in the north, at least along the Baltic coast in Sweden, summer temperatures are similar to those in the rest of Scandinavia. The winters up north, however, can be brutally cold, with lots of snow, especially in the mountainous regions. The coast of northern Norway has a much milder climate and the ports here are ice-free all year-round, as opposed to the ports of the Baltic Sea in northern Sweden. Introduction Midgård 26 n Environment THE MIDNIGHT SUN The phenomenon known as the midnight sun occurs when the sun doesn’t fall below the horizon before it starts to rise again.