Saturday, June 6, 2009

CIA Factfile & *WINNER* Enchanted, Inc Shanna Swendson Giveaway

This is totally straight out of the CIA Factfile on THIS COUNTRY which also happens to be the third country on the list that Shanna gave us and the place her family comes from.

Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the this kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, this country was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, this country's residents resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded this country but agreed to let this country keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting this country's independence. Although this country remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. This country proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and this country became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted this country's economic fortunes. The current focus is on containing spending on the extensive welfare system and planning for the time when petroleum reserves are depleted. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, this country rejected joining the EU.

Congratulations to Storyheart, Sumthinblue, Dottie Taylor, Cindi, Suzana, wandajb, Raelena Pavey, Alexa, Catherine, Cinnamon, Deborah, Pam, & Liyana because you all guessed the right country, which was NORWAY! You were all entered into the drawing at by the order you posted.

The lucky winner is...
Congratulations Pam! You have 48 hours to email me your mailing address!

Thank you to everyone who participated!

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