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live. Another myth tells about the Norwegian “goodness regime” as an
international sponsor for sustainable development and peace. And the third
one is about Norway as a “noble outsider”, which does not accept its
politics to be conducted in a cynical, real power sort of way. Norway has a
small economy, but one of great importance. After the Second World War,
1 Aftenposten. Available on <www.aftenposten.no>, May 9, 2008.
GDP as PPP (Purchasing Power Parities), USD in 2006: Luxembourg: USD 69.246; USA:
USD 44.155; Norway: USD 43.579; Ireland: USD 41.925; Iceland: USD 38.885. Source:
United Nations Statistic Division.
© Ifri F. Harbo / The European Gas and Oil Market contributing to peace, stability and prosperity in Europe as well as in the
rest of the world became a central concern of Norwegian foreign policy.
Norway, thus, became one of the founders of the UN in 1945, of the
Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC) in 1948, (which
is today the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
[OECD]), and of the Council of Europe and the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization (NATO) in 1949....
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