Norway: Surge to the Sea

Henrik Ibsen once observed that in seafaring Norway "everyone ought to be ready to take the helm." Norwegians take Ibsen at his word. With a population of only 3,700,000, Norway has 372 shipping lines and accounts for 10% of all the merchant ships at sea. Aiming for an even greater share of what is elsewhere considered a depressed indus try, the aggressive Norwegians have ordered, at a cost of $1.1 billion, nearly 20% of all the new merchant vessels under construction throughout the world.

Many of them will sail under the green-striped house...

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