Norway has both administrative and political subdivisions on two levels: counties and municipalities.The Sámi people have a certain amount of self-determination and influence over traditional territories through the Sámi Parliament and the Finnmark Act.Until 1814, the kingdom included the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland.
According to another theory, the first component was a word nór, meaning "narrow" or "northern", referring to the inner-archipelago sailing route through the land ("narrow way").
Norway is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east, and the Skagerrak strait to the south, with Denmark on the other side.
Norway has an extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea.
The English name Norway comes from the Old English word Norþweg mentioned in 880, meaning "northern way" or "way leading to the north", which is how the Anglo-Saxons referred to the coastline of atlantic Norway.
There is some disagreement about whether the native name of Norway originally had the same etymology as the English form.
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The interpretation as "northern", as reflected in the English and Latin forms of the name, would then have been due to later folk etymology.