A recent letter-writer said Norwegians "have little to be proud of" and "that they surrendered to the Germans during World War II without firing a shot."
The facts prove otherwise. Norway was conquered but never surrendered. There were only 3 million Norwegians up against a mighty war machine but they fought back and gave the Germans a hard time during the occupation.
When invaded, Norwegains torpedoed the heavy cruiser Bluecher with the loss of 1,600 Germans. Along with their British Allies the Norse fought the Nazis up and down the coastline. In the battles the Germans lost 10 destroyers, three cruisers with other warships severely damaged. Many Norwegians escaped to England and became commandoes.
Also recall the heroes of Telemark in which a handful of brave Norwegians kept Hitler from getting an atomic bomb.
As to character, Norway has the largest per capita non-military foreign aid to poorer countries and repeatedly tries to broker peace talks to resolve international disputes.