Description: One of those big islands in the North that nobody knows about, this is Svalbard, territory of Norway.
1. First discovered by the Norwegians in the 12th century, the islands served as an international whaling base during the 17th and 18th centuries. Norway's sovereignty was recognized in 1920; five years later it officially took over the territory.
2. Population: 2,701 (July 2006 estimate)
3. The settlements on Svalbard are essentially company towns. The Norwegian state-owned coal company employs nearly 60% of the Norwegian population on the island, runs many of the local services, and provides most of the local infrastructure.
4. Internet Country Code: .sj
5. Capital: Longyearbyen
6. More data: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/sv.html
Author's Note: Not sure where to put this. Going under Islands/beaches, although its not a very popular "vacation location." Also, it isn't located IN Norway..so it's located in other.