Norway Big on Coffee

File this under the “gosh, what a big surprise” category.

Norway, a country way up North that gets about four hours light right about now, turns out to be one of the world’s most consumptive (is that a word?) coffee countries around. I’ve always thought of Norway as kind of the Seattle of Europe, so in many ways this doesn’t surprise me.

According to this piece over at the Norwegian Aftenpose newspaper in English, Norges drink about 20 pounds of coffee each a year. But here’s the thing that actually did surprise me. And I quote: “There are no Starbucks coffee shops in Norway”. That, dear friends, seems impossible.