|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.