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The oldest finds are stone tools dating from 9,500 to 6,000 BC, discovered in Finnmark (Komsa culture) in the north and Rogaland (Fosna culture) in the south-west.However, theories about two altogether different cultures (the Komsa culture north of the Arctic Circle being one and the Fosna culture from Trøndelag to Oslofjord being the other) were rendered obsolete in the 1970s.This resurrected theory has received some pushback by other scholars on various grounds, e. the uncontroversial presence of the element norðr in the ethnonym norðrmaðr "Norseman, Norwegian person" (modern Norwegian nordmann), and the adjective norrǿnn "northern, Norse, Norwegian", as well as the very early attestations of the Latin and Anglo-Saxon forms with Ohthere told Alfred that he was "the most northern of all Norwegians", presumably at Senja island or closer to Tromsø.He also said that beyond the wide wilderness in Norway's southern part was the land of the Swedes, "Svealand".The culture is named after the village of Ahrensburg, 25 km (15.53 mi) north-east of Hamburg in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, where wooden arrow shafts and clubs have been excavated.
Norway has an extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea.
Norway maintains close ties with both the European Union and the United States.
Norway is a founding member of the United Nations, NATO, the European Free Trade Association, the Council of Europe, the Antarctic Treaty, and the Nordic Council; a member of the European Economic Area, the WTO, and the OECD; and a part of the Schengen Area.
Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.
Norway has a total area of 385,207 square kilometres (148,729 sq mi) The country shares a long eastern border with Sweden (1,619 km or 1,006 mi long).