A blog about the history, geography, and mythology of the Nordic countries.
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland, and their associated territories.
During WWI Norway, along with Denmark and Sweden, issued a declaration of neutrality. However, at the time the newly independent Norway was highly dependent on foreign trade, and was pressured by the allied powers to break off trade with Germany and hand over an increasingly large portion of their merchant fleet to the UK.
Norwegian ships with Norwegian crews sailed under the British flag, and Norway lost about 50% of their total merchant fleet, including nearly 2000 sailors, to German submarine attacks. But overall the war brought a boom to Norway’s economy through shipping, mining, and fish exports.
[Picture: WWI propaganda poster]